Editor’s Blog

A Guide to the Weather for Gardeners


I live in New England, where the saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” Indeed, the weather can be drastically different from day to day here, especially at the change of a season.

The Good Food Revolution

The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen

I have a confession. While I call myself a gardener with all the confidence of one who has nurtured, tended and grown healthy flowers, trees and shrubs for more than two decades, it was not until this month that I …

Chickens and Gardens: A Perfect Match?

Chickens can improve garden soil fertility

A love of gardening and a love of keeping chickens seems to go hand in hand these days. Why is this, given chickens’ predilection for scratching up freshly-tilled seed beds and noshing on tasty young seedlings?  It would seem a …

Garden Quotes | A Call for Essays

So many people I know are lovers of words as much as they are garden lovers, myself included. Our Facebook page gets some of its highest number of “likes” per day when I share our favorite garden quotes there. For …

Permaculture: A Brief Intro

Hugelkultur is a permaculture method for water retention and improving soil fertility.

The concept of permaculture is a new one to most folks. Even if you’ve heard the term, you may be hazy on the particulars. I understand completely. That was me a year ago. While I’ve only just begun to feel …

Homemade Light Stand for Seedlings


So far this year my daughter and I have sowed seeds (indoors) of Johnny jump ups (Viola ‘Helen Mount’), black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata ‘Spanish Eyes Mix’; shown), French marigolds (Tagetes patula ‘Sparky Mix’) and nasturtiums (Tropaeolum nanum ‘Jewel Mix’).

Making a Coleus Standard


Of the four ‘Wasabi’ coleus cuttings I took last fall, only one is still with me. Another one I potted and gave to my sister. The third and fourth I admit I ended up throwing away in a fit of …

Seeds to Start


I am really feeling anxious for spring! It seems counterintuitive, but because winter here in my area has been abnormally warm and snowless, it is beginning to feel extra long.