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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: 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 …

Southeast: Caladiums See the Light

BY JENKS FARMER / Columbia, South Carolina, Zone 8 Caladiums are old favorites in southern gardens. Like many plants, they also inspire some people to become insane collectors of every available cultivar—I know a gardener in the Low Country of …

Pacific Northwest: Mopheads and More

BY VALERIE EASTON / Seattle, Washington, Zone 8 I figure  it’s safe to say that hydrangeas are back in style when Heronswood Nursery lists 78 different selections in its 2002 catalog. They’ve never really been out of favor in the …

Northeast: Cherry Harvest

BY ROGER B. SWAIN / Monadnock, New Hampshire, Zone 5 Eight quarts to the peck, four pecks to the bushel—these are the dimensions of this year’s sour cherry harvest. The branches within reach of the ground have been cleaned of …