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links i liked: plant consciousness; beaks adapt to feeder use; insectary strips on farms, & more

FROM THE LENGTH of birds’ beaks to the favorite plants of the emerald ash borer (not just ash!), to matters [read more…] The post links i liked: plant consciousness; beaks adapt to feeder use;

when to start cleanup, houseplant watering, lily leaf beetle, adelgid: q&a with ken druse

IF IT THAWS outside, should I clean up now, or what if I do and then the weather gets freezing [read more…] The post when to start cleanup, houseplant watering, lily leaf beetle, adelgid: q&a with

developing a signature garden style, even in a small space, with designer susan morrison

I DON’T HAVE a small yard, but I nevertheless sat down with a new book called “The Less Is More [read more…] The post developing a signature garden style, even in a small space, with designer susan

remembering 2 great plantswomen: ruth bancroft and elizabeth farnsworth

LAST FALL, a month apart, the earth lost two of it great plantswomen. They were from opposite coasts, and one—Californian [read more…] The post remembering 2 great plantswomen: ruth bancroft and

8 heat-proof spinach substitutes and more unusual edibles, with niki jabbour

NIKI JABBOUR’S ADVENTURES with oddball, unexpected edibles began when she grew a 5-foot-long snake gourd intended as an element of [read more…] The post 8 heat-proof spinach substitutes and more

the february garden chores

RESTLESS, ANYONE? The houseplants are noticing, and so am I: the days are longer, making us both want to get [read more…] The post the february garden chores appeared first on A Way To Garden.

lily bulbs from seed, trees in pots, garden journal ideas & more: q&a with ken druse

YOU KNOW THE ROUTINE: I ring up my longtime friend Ken Druse on Skype each month and then we tackle [read more…] The post lily bulbs from seed, trees in pots, garden journal ideas & more: q&a

save the date! 2018 events in margaret’s garden and nearby

SAVE THE DATES! I’m putting the finishing touches on my 2018 workshop and tour calendar. Tickets for all events to [read more…] The post save the date! 2018 events in margaret’s garden and nearby

success with brassicas (including brussels sprouts), with don tipping

THE OTHER DAY as I was plotting who I could ask for help outsmarting the coming season’s cabbage worms, and [read more…] The post success with brassicas (including brussels sprouts), with don tipping

links i liked: fighting impatiens disease, crossbill irruption, overwintering ticks

THE DISEASE THAT DETHRONED Impatiens as the top annual in the nursery industry—Impatiens Downy Mildew—continues to take its toll. But [read more…] The post links i liked: fighting impatiens disease,

sunflowers, sweet peas, zinnias and more, with joseph tychonievich

JOSEPH TYCHONIEVICH, a garden writer and backyard plant breeder and passionate flower grower, has gone on a bit of a [read more…] The post sunflowers, sweet peas, zinnias and more, with joseph

seed-shopping, plus growing eggplants and ‘dense sowing,’ with craig lehoullier

IT’S TIME: time for the A Way to Garden annual winter seed series kickoff, when I virtually shop the catalogs [read more…] The post seed-shopping, plus growing eggplants and ‘dense sowing,’ with craig

the january garden chores

THE ANSWER IS NO: No, you probably shouldn’t start all your vegetable seed now, unless it’s for a cool-season crop [read more…] The post the january garden chores appeared first on A Way To Garden.

dreaded norway maples, good groundcovers (including sedges): shade-garden q&a with ken druse

TO MARK A YEAR of monthly Q&A podcasts together, Ken Druse and I themed our latest conversation to a topic [read more…] The post dreaded norway maples, good groundcovers (including sedges):

lessons in the plants: ‘braiding sweetgrass,’ with robin wall kimmerer

IT WAS FOR ME A SERENDIPITY that an acquaintance recommended the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer at this [read more…] The post lessons in the plants: ‘braiding sweetgrass,’ with

my top 12 podcasts of the last 12 months

WHICH TOPICS from the last 12 months of A Way to Garden podcasts caught the most listener attention? Your tastes [read more…] The post my top 12 podcasts of the last 12 months appeared first on A Way

2017 garden recap and 2018 resolutions, with joe lamp’l

IN THE GARDEN-TO-COME in the new year, I intend to do some things differently, or better, and I figure it [read more…] The post 2017 garden recap and 2018 resolutions, with joe lamp’l appeared first

the latest on backyard tick research, with dr. neeta connally

IT MAY BE the so-called garden offseason in many zones of the United States, but I’m not sure anyone told [read more…] The post the latest on backyard tick research, with dr. neeta connally appeared

december garden chores

THE SHORTEST garden to-do list of the year, December’s, begins with the annual fire drill—one final last-minute check of whatever [read more…] The post december garden chores appeared first on A Way

useful stuff for holiday giving to gardeners, 2017

I’M UP TO MY NECK in “stuff,” which means my filter for any purchases these days—whether for myself or for [read more…] The post useful stuff for holiday giving to gardeners, 2017 appeared first on A