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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,...

Happiness is a potting shed

"I am always happy to be in my potting shed. It is a retreat from the cares of the world and yet a place for quiet, concentrated work. " - Monty Don, "The Compl...

Healthy hedges can be biological corridors

"If we connect tiny isolated natural areas by building biological corridors between them, the species that live there can intermingle and increase their populat...

Here's how to become a land steward

"In the future we will have to change to a diet that is largely plant-based with much less meat, especially red meat. This will not only reduce the amount of sp...

Gardens make the world a better place

"With the advent of farming, our options increased, and our relationship with nature changed. We came to regard the wild world as something to tame, to subdue a...

So long, Bailey, a trusty garden companion

"For me a garden without my dogs would be as empty as a garden without plants. " - Monty Don, "Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs," 2017. On Monday, just before 4:...