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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:...

Oak leaves can be used for garden mulch

"The oak tree: not interested. in cherry blossoms. " - translated from Matsuo Bash, Japanese poet (1644-1694) Many poems have been written about the strength an...

Mulch on, and don't fear the aphids

"Listen With faint dry sound, Like steps of passing ghosts, The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees. And fall. " - Adelaide Crapsey, "November Night" i...

Pollinators could use your help this winter

"We scaled a million blooms. To reap the summer's glow. Now, in the merciless cold, We share each morsel of heat, Each honeyed crumb. " - Joyce Sidman, "Winter ...