Welcome to the award-winning Small Town Gardener® and Conversations in the Garden® , a collection of print and web columns filled with humor and gentle gardening advice while dedicated to the passion that is gardening.

After many months of work, I’m excited to announce the spring launch of the new STG site, and hope that you will find it as vibrant and intuitive as I do. There are new categories for articles, cool imbedded features, the ability to share articles easily on many social platforms, and yes, many more photos.

But don’t worry, some things won’t change. To ensure you have time to actually garden, I won’t provide endless updates on the state of my mesclun, mind or marriage  (for the record – fairly spicy, fairly sound, fairly stable).  Instead, the Small Town Gardener is a collection of some of my columns mixed with tips and advice for managing and enjoying your garden month-to-month.

So for the moments when you aren’t up to your calves in compost, you can read or listen to my latest articles, search by category, and subscribe to the Facebook page to alert you to other articles and tips that aren’t posted here.   Are you a Mid-Atlantic gardener? This Month’s Garden will give you an idea of what you should be thinking about right now.

A garden doesn’t have to be perfect.  It doesn’t have to be large.  And in the middle of August, it doesn’t even have to be green.  It just has to be yours.  Your balcony, your patio, your rented city lot or ten acre deer preserve.  Whatever you garden, wherever you garden – join me as we plunge our hands in the earth and begin to reconnect.

– Marianne

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Time to VOTE! – Small Town Gardener is a FINALIST in the Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards

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Find me in the NEW Spring issue of GreenPrints Magazine!

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The Merry Month of Mud Time

Whether Robert Frost originally coined the term or not I do not know, but ‘mud time’ must be the simplest and most accurate expression to describe the period from the last snow melt to the […]

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The What, Where & How of Seed Starting

There is a certain kind of panic at this time of year when the winter starts to draw to a close and I calculate how many tasks I need to finish before the last piece […]

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Local Fresh, Local Strong, Local Co-op

I have a clear memory of sitting at my kitchen table four years ago and reading a newspaper article about a small group that was forming to discuss a neighborhood grocery store three miles from […]

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Nature Wants It Back

Brush clearing has been the order of the day for the last few weeks, spurred on by the annual exchange of power tools at Christmas, and a desire for a bit of exercise that doesn’t […]

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Garden Where You Are, Not Where You’re Not

There are problem areas in a garden and then there are problem gardens, period. Poor drainage, terrible views, a neighbor with a security light fixation, barking dogs, chain-link fences, no fences, steep hills, deep gullies, […]

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Barn Coat: Zhivago-style

There is nothing attractive about a woman who has utilized every piece of warm clothing in her closet to keep Jack Frost as far as possible from a square inch of bare flesh. Hipster jeans […]

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Eating Cheaply. Eating Well.

Recently, I was fortunate to participate in a panel discussion about eating well on a tight budget. Though I love good, wholesome food and beautiful things, I am, and have always been, a self-proclaimed cheapskate. […]

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Fall Foliage Fun

The maples and oaks began to blush red in the woodlands last week, following hot on the heels of the tulip poplars and hickory that populate our hillsides and dominate the color scheme with rust […]

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The Most Dangerous Game? Hardly.

My mind is not on my work at this time of year. Though conscience dictates that I should be digging holes for the last of the leaf-spattered pots to go in the ground, I am […]

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