Of Gifts and Guilt: Five Rules for Plant Giving

‘Tis the season for giving, and once this season ‘tis over, another one ‘tis right around the corner. So this morning it occurs to me to discuss for a minute [...]

May I introduce Mungo?

  Many long time readers don't need an introduction to Mungo, our well-loved Jack Russell who is my constant companion in the garden.  Every garden should have a garden dog, [...]

End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

  Now that the garden has gently shifted into architecture and mush, it’s time to reflect on the plants we grew this season and decide whether we’ll continue to grow [...]

Gift Ideas and Events for The Holiday Season

December first and I’m just as shocked as you are by how quickly it got here. However, as I was sunning myself on foreign beaches last December, quaffing numerous rum [...]

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Maintenance vs. Stewardship: Turning a New Leaf

I’m not a fan of renaming something in order to change public perception. Language is powerful, minds are pliable and as any politician knows, we can [...]

A Better Black Friday

Whether we have fully accepted it or not, the holiday season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. You may reject the idea of Big Box [...]

Let’s Discuss, Not Demonize.

I don’t bring politics into this column as a rule.  One, we have enough of that sort of thing relentlessly bombarding us without my two cents [...]

Disconnecting to Connect: The Modern Challenge

“Is the world getting more complicated, or am I just getting older?” said my sister over the phone this week.  My junior by eight years, she [...]

Plant Hoarding: When Too Much is Not Enough

A little shifting of the pot ghetto yesterday revealed one too many plants happily rooted in the soil beyond their pots. It is good soil certainly, [...]

An Easier Way to Overwinter Tropicals

Hopefully by now you have brought in the majority of your tender succulents and tropical evergreens for the [presumably] long winter ahead.  And hopefully by now, [...]

One Last Tomato Harvest: Three Ways of Dealing With It.

The last of the tomatoes are ripening on the vine. Many more are currently ripening on the ground after a spate of blustery weather, and it [...]

Plow & Hearth

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 this site is all about  […]

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December’s Garden

December is a month of transition in the gardener’s mind. The growing season is well and truly over, yet we are not quite ready to begin the daydreaming which will eventually lead to spring.  We're still thinking about this year's [...]

Gifts of Preparedness

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It’s Time To Bring The Houseplants In

It’s a tough season for the gardener who loves to entertain.  We know that we should bring in big healthy houseplants that have spent the summer outside, such as schefflera, [...]

Planning Now for a More Manageable Garden Later

Many believe wholeheartedly that the time to plan your garden is in the depths of winter. Perhaps this is true in terms of the minutiae; but after years of implementing [...]

Portrait of a Weed: Japanese Stilt Grass

Usually, a couple of hours outside on my hands and knees is all it takes to get the wheels of the mind careening toward a publishable, if highly editable, product.  [...]

Succulents: Overwintering a Trend

No group of plants has been hotter in the last three years than succulents.  They’re on tables, in terrariums, and garnishing everything from delicate wrists to salad plates.  If you [...]

NEW! Mungo’s Journal

May I introduce Mungo?

  Many long time readers don't need an introduction to Mungo, our well-loved Jack Russell who is my constant companion in the garden.  Every garden should [...]

And why ‘Mungo’ exactly?

My name needs some explaining obviously. There's another Jack Russell involved - the one that the people in my life were in love with years ago. [...]

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