How to Make the Seed Packet Chaos Easier

  If you prefer to grow much of your garden from seed, the process of starting it can be a chaotic mess that will plague you from February till the [...]

Standing on The Edge of a New Season

Wednesday night’s after-school activities (and I suppose one could argue, after-life activities) consist of a long drive to a neighboring community where my daughter attends her confirmation class, and I [...]

Garden Book SPRING GIVEAWAY!

It’s the first day of SPRING and in celebration I’ll be giving away a copy of my new book 'Big Dreams, Small Garden' each month of the growing season ahead! [...]

Navigating an Early Season in The Garden

Well, it certainly feels as if we’ve thwarted the groundhog. Yet I have thought this many times during my life on the East Coast and ended up with two inch [...]

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Planning For…The Winter Garden?

When the holiday buzz was blissfully over, you probably looked around your decorated surroundings with a calm eye and thought: “I’d like to find an [insert [...]

Big Dreams, Small Garden

Over the last eight years, I have written many columns encouraging people to face the space in which they find themselves and to create the garden [...]

Same Old, Same Old? Don’t Groundhog Day Your Landscape.

Tempus fugit, and it’s currently fugiting at an alarming pace.  I am recently returned from trips and conferences that swallowed up December and January in phases [...]

Are Garden Kits Right for You?

I’ve just returned from an exhausting but eye-popping week at MANTS, the annual Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore.  And, 3000 booths and a lot of [...]

Forcing Is a Beautiful Thing

It may be cold. And windy. And fairly miserable at six in the morning when you’ve misplaced the car scraper. But let me remind you that [...]

Nothing To Lose: Planting LATE

“So what are we growing right now?” was the question asked of me last week as I escaped hearth and home for a little day-after-Christmas retail [...]

So You Waited Until The Very Last Minute?

Christmas is upon us this week, I have recently added another birthday notch to my leather belt, and now we stand upon the brink of another [...]

Passion & pain. Perspective & purpose.

That’s what gardening brings to our lives – a sense of connection to the world around us.  And that’s what The Small Town Gardener is all about  […]

Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic?

March’s Garden

Even though we know better in the Mid-Atlantic, expectations of spring are high in March. The weather of today will not necessarily be the weather [...]

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Making a Lot Out of a Little, Holiday Style.

At this time of year there is much advice floating about to “use natural materials” to create amazing holiday decorations cheaply. Indeed I’ve floated much of it myself. When [...]

The Food-Waste Disconnect

A perfect storm of circumstance ended in a coffee-filled rant on Facebook on Friday, and while I stand by those words (many of which were capitalized, and none of which [...]

When It All Starts to Weigh a Little Heavy: Rest.

The wind storms of late have added substantially to workloads out here.  I’d only just finished with the last of the planting when toppled pots forced me to dig two [...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners

  Up until last year, I'd never put together a holiday gift guide for readers. Truly useful gifts rarely go out of fashion. Then I was asked by a [...]

News of Interest

The 2017 PHS Flower Show – “Holland” is So Much More Than Bulbs

Choosing a theme like “Holland: Flowering the World” gives the Philadelphia Flower Show a great opportunity to surprise and delight the public.  After all, attendees already [...]

PPA names Asclepias tuberosa 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

Though I annually make fun of the design and fashion addicts that sit in rapt attention waiting for Pantone to release their “Color of the Year” [...]

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