Tag Archives: Editor’s Blog

All articles from the Horticulture “Editor’s Blog.”

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 …

Homemade Light Stand for Seedlings

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’).

Lights, Wreaths, Action!

All around town, including my street, outdoor Christmas decorations and lights have appeared, many on the day after Thanksgiving. Personally I feel it’s a bit early, but at the same time I’ll admit feeling some pressure to do something festive …

Four Years Later . . .

lithops

Last weekend we celebrated my daughter’s second birthday. She has grown and developed so much. I cannot say the same for my four-year-old living stones (Lithops spp.), which I started from seed!

Fall Out of Sync

Echinacea Mistral

Overall it has been a warm fall where I live, in New England. A couple weekends ago, it was in the 80s, and overall the temperatures have been in the 70s. It’s finally starting to cool down around here, with …

I Killed the Lavender

This past spring several growers sent me free samples of their 2012 introductions to try out in my garden. Many wholesale growers send their newest plants to garden writers, bloggers and editors for feedback and in hopes of spreading the …

The Emperor’s Blue Clothes

Describing color—I have determined it is the most difficult aspect of writing about plants. One color in particular drives me nuts, because not only is it much sought-after by gardeners, it is also a real trickster. I’m talking about blue.

Container Combos: Cute or Kooky?

I received a free box of annuals from Ball Hort a few weeks ago. (Every year, Ball and other growers send samples of their newest varieties to garden writers and editors for feedback and possible publicity.) I decided to mix …