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How to Improve Store-Bought Compost

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Want to create a compost but don’t have enough materials to get started? Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskin of Little House in the Suburbs share how to adapt purchased compost to reflect the richness of homemade compost.

Interior West: German Lessons

BY LAUREN SPRINGER / Masonville, Colorado, Zone 5 In England, gardening has been raised to an art form. It is a cultural expression, a national identity. Love, technique, and plantsmanship come together; gardens burst forth like jewels spangling the island. …

Northeast: Facing the Trees

BY GORDON HAYWARD / Putney, Vermont, Zone 4 During September and October, as the demands of caring for flowering shrubs and perennials wane, and before outdoor temperatures plummet, my attention often shifts to the many native trees in our one-acre …

Oklahoma: A Poppy’s Roots

BY RUSSELL STUDEBAKER/Tulsa, Oklahoma, Zone 6 Starting out from Mexico in 1541, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Coronado searched in vain for fabled gold on the plains of Texas and Kansas near Wichita. A few centuries later, and not far from …

Interior West: Full Pockets

BY LAUREN SPRINGER / Masonville, Colorado, Zone 5 PLANTS between dry-laid paving stones are nothing new in European gardens. Nature takes her cue, and presto—the romantic, tufty, fuzzy walkways of “neglected” gardens. In England, a few bricks are pulled from …

Midwest: Annual Events

BY MARTY ROSS/Kansas City, Missouri, Zone 5 I have retired from competition at the local flower show, but there was a time when my annuals were unbeatable. My friend Henry Marder might dispute this, but, as I recall, I trounced …