A Way to Garden

fighting horsetail, moving hydrangea, and more: q&a with ken druse

ANYBODY GOT an Urgent Garden Question? Apparenty so, and this month’s topics range from transplanting hydrangeas, to tackling horsetail or [read more…] The post fighting horsetail, moving hydrangea,

week 7: managing the meadow, woodland wildflower time and more

THE TREE SWALLOWS objected, but it had to be done. My hillside mini-meadow—at the edge of which their favorite nest [read more…] The post week 7: managing the meadow, woodland wildflower time and more

a firefly primer, with lynn frierson faust (win her field guide)

FIREFLIES: THEY NEVER FAIL to bring out that sense of first-time wonder, the excitement of a child on a summer [read more…] The post a firefly primer, with lynn frierson faust (win her field guide)

week 6 in the garden: scrambling to be ‘ready’ for open day

OOPS! I left the hose stretched messily across the patio, not coiled neatly by the tap. I never did patch [read more…] The post week 6 in the garden: scrambling to be ‘ready’ for open day appeared

learning to i.d. butterflies, with dr. jeffrey glassberg

WE SPEAK OF butterfly plants and of making butterfly gardens, but how well do we really know the diversity of [read more…] The post learning to i.d. butterflies, with dr. jeffrey glassberg appeared

the may garden chores

EACH MAY I ADVISE us all to remember, amid the frenzy, that there is nothing wrong that some good-quality mulch [read more…] The post the may garden chores appeared first on A Way To Garden.

week 5: hellebores, salamander eggs, and other timely teachers

JUST WHEN I WANT to give up, the hellebores convinced me otherwise—reminding me not to rush things, and that the [read more…] The post week 5: hellebores, salamander eggs, and other timely teachers

why moths matter (and how to get to know them), with seabrooke leckie

IT WAS ALMOST SIX YEARS ago to the day that I had my moth epiphany thanks to Seabrooke Leckie, who [read more…] The post why moths matter (and how to get to know them), with seabrooke leckie appeared

cleanup week 4: manna from heaven amid meteorological havoc

IT’S TRYING SO HARD, the lawn is, to find its inner green. I’m trying so hard, I am, to find [read more…] The post cleanup week 4: manna from heaven amid meteorological havoc appeared first on A Way

the science of a better garden: ‘the ever curious gardener,’ with lee reich

I LOVE THE SCIENCE behind gardening, the stories that reveal what makes things tick in the natural world. A new [read more…] The post the science of a better garden: ‘the ever curious gardener,’ with

cleanup, week 3: snow melts, shoots emerge—but why are so many pinkish or purple?

NO MORE “S” WORD, as in snow—the last tenacious piles finally relented overnight Thursday-into-Friday with a warm rain. And though [read more…] The post cleanup, week 3: snow melts, shoots emerge—but

getting to know your garden insects, with dr. david shetlar

WHEN THE NEW SECOND EDITION of “Garden Insects of North America” arrived recently from Princeton University Press, I quickly went [read more…] The post getting to know your garden insects, with dr.

cleanup week 2: forward motion, with a mighty assist from the wind and 2 friends

TRUTH: IF NOT FOR THE brave beacon of the full-bloom Christmas rose—dear old against-all-odds Helleborus niger (above)—I would just have [read more…] The post cleanup week 2: forward motion, with a

canada thistle, squirrels, fragrant violets, propagating philodendron: q&a with ken druse

TACKLING CANADA THISTLE, and the ethics of herbicide use. Reblooming amaryllis. Moss in the lawn or garden beds. Pesky squirrels. [read more…] The post canada thistle, squirrels, fragrant violets,

cattle-panel diy projects, with joe lamp’l: trellises, cages, planting grids and more

I’M NOT THE MOST DIY type ever. But my friend Joe Lamp’l promises me that even I, armed with a [read more…] The post cattle-panel diy projects, with joe lamp’l: trellises, cages, planting grids and

the april garden chores

I’M STICKING to what I say each year at this time: We are not powerless over April–even though in most [read more…] The post the april garden chores appeared first on A Way To Garden.

first day of cleanup: a tentative start to a new outdoor season

REPORT FROM THE FRONT: I still can’t even find the hellebores and epimediums to cut them back—usually my first outdoor [read more…] The post first day of cleanup: a tentative start to a new outdoor

links i liked: pollinator and fish drones, stinkbugs, physocarpus and more

THANKS ANYWAY, drone engineers, but I don’t really want to live to see the day when drones are used for [read more…] The post links i liked: pollinator and fish drones, stinkbugs, physocarpus and more

aroids, with tony avent: jack in the pulpits to elephant ears and more

IF YOU’VE GOT pots of elephant’s ears or calla lilies, or some jack-in-the-pulpits in your shade garden, or maybe philodendron [read more…] The post aroids, with tony avent: jack in the pulpits to

my instagram resolution (and my birdbath meringue pie)

I’M A REAL-CAMERA PERSON, so although I joined Instagram five years ago, I just didn’t get it. Take photos with [read more…] The post my instagram resolution (and my birdbath meringue pie) appeared