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Hope sprouts from the ashes

“In the fabled state we live in, somewhere always is on fire — dry grasses torching, shingles searing, latches melting, miles of forest ...

A food forest in the making

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust, “Pleasures and Regrets,...

Birds and bees suffer in this heat, too

“It was surprisingly noisy in the botanical garden. Birds were yelling their heads off, bees were buzzing around in bee fashion, and butterflies were flappi...

Choosing the right cultivar for your garden

“The word ‘cultivar’ (short for ‘cultivated variety’) entered the English language in 1923. It applies to plants selected or bred for their desirable traits...

Improve your garden: Take a hike

“Cultivating indigenous microorganisms is an exciting and effective method to capture soil microbes and introduce them into the growing area.” — Nigel...

Bye-bye lawn, hello kitchen garden

“A beautiful kitchen garden at the season’s peak can seem like it’s made of a million things. But underneath the overflowing herbs, vining tomatoes and brig...

Consider joining the kitchen garden revival

“A kitchen garden is the missing piece in the pursuit of a whole and happy life.” — Nicole Johnsey Burke, “Kitchen Garden Revival,” 2020 I’m impresse...

Tips for how to make a new garden bed

"[I]f you are preparing a flower border or vegetable patch for cultivation, you should dig it as well as possible before beginning planting. " - Monty Don, "The...

Dare to divide

"The great beauty of an herbaceous plant is the never-ending element of surprise that comes with its renewal each spring. " - Monty Don, "The Complete Gardener,...