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Updated at 1:39 PM

Strawberries that in gardens grow Are plump and juicy fine, But sweeter far as wise men know Spring from the woodland vine                                                                      ~Wild Strawberries, Robert Graves (1895-1985) In Sunday’s column (Feb. 7, 2016), I wrote about growing strawberries. Although poet Robert Graves and others have exalted wild strawberries in verse, it’s the cultivated strawberry [...]

Updated Feb 6, 2016 at 2:16 PM

“Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet, with leafy green wings reaching heavenward.” — Jasmine Heiler, blogger, Food.com   Jasmine Heiler is certainly not the...

Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Wind, ice, heavy rain and all the harsh elements that arrive with winter can be hard on our street trees and landscape trees. Help your trees minimize the stresses of the season now, and be rewarded with healthy trees this...

Posted Jan 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM

“I’m a big believer in community gardens, both because of their beauty and for their access to providing fresh fruits and vegetables to so many communities across this nation …” — First Lady...

Updated Jan 30, 2016 at 10:35 AM

“Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.” -  Anne Raver, New York...

Updated Jan 24, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed. – Lewis Gannit,...

Posted Jan 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

“All kinds of happy insects seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness.” — John Muir, “A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf,” 1867 Naturalist and author John Muir wrote...

Posted Jan 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Are you spending three hours or more in your kitchen every day? According to the just-released 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey, nearly two-thirds of homeowners spent more than three hours in their kitchens doing things like watching TV,...

Posted Jan 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

“What greater delight is there than to behold the earth appareled with plants, as with a robe of embroidered work …The delight is great but the use is greater.”  — John Gerard, "The Herball,"...

Updated Jan 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM

“A garden always gives back more than it receives.” – Mara Beamish In Sunday’s column (Jan. 17, 2016), I wrote about the advantages of planning and growing a “prescriptive” garden, full of foods that target specific health complaints. According to...

Updated Jan 9, 2016 at 10:48 AM

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) In Sunday’s column (Jan. 10, 2016), I wrote about trying new gardening techniques this year. Besides having a go at grafting...

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