The Truth About Turnips: Recipes & Growing Tips

  Turnips. The often forgotten sibling of its more esteemed family members, mizuna, bok choy, Napa cabbage and tatsoi along with a handful of others. All share the same scientific name, Brassica rapa, which means they are essentially the same...

Grow What You Love: Napa Valley Olive Harvest

  When my friend Julie first invited us to her home away from home for olive picking I was immediately inspired with visions of bucket filling, ladder moving and an opportunity to spend the day outside in the company of...

Transplanting Seedlings vs. Direct Sowing Seeds

  Should you chuck seeds straight into the garden or grow them in modules or seedling trays first? Knowing where and how to plant could be the factor that takes your garden from good to great. First, it’s important to...

2016 Inspiration + Garden Design Magazine Subscription Discount

  I’m hooked. In fact, ever since I picked up my first copy of Garden Design Magazine in 2010 I was hooked. It was bold and beautiful with plenty of room to dream. I had recently finished studies in garden design,...

Greens for Small Spaces

  Red and green leaf lettuce will always have a place at the table. So too will traditional romaine, but have you tried oak leaf lettuce, ‘Roxy’ or ‘Freckles’?  Or maybe arugula or Mizuna greens? There is an endless number...

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Tips for Selecting Soil at Your Garden Center

  Selecting compost or planting mix can feel like gambling. You know soil is the heart of your garden, that what...

by - November 17, 2015

Seed Saving Made Simple

  Ready to start your own personal seed bank? Or simply looking for ways to pay yourself forward, save money and...

by - October 26, 2015

10 Tips to Conquer Your Fear of Gardening

  Think of yourself as a plant killer? As if anything you attempt to grow dies? If it helps you’re not...

by - July 22, 2015

What is N-P-K?

  Here’s a look at that burning question, N-P-K? What is it all about anyway? It’s on nearly every package of...

by - June 8, 2015

What to Grow

It’s hard to go wrong with black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia spp.). They’re lovely no matter how or where you plant them, pairing...

by - October 11, 2012

Tarkio Rain Garden

This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather...

by - September 14, 2012

Keep it Simple

Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated...

by - July 26, 2011

Garden Approach

Ever have one of those moments where you walk into a space, any space, but in this case a garden, and...

by - March 1, 2011

Fall Forage: Cooking with Pomegranates

    When isn’t it a good time to think about food and flowers? And this time of year, with the...

by - November 23, 2015

Make the Best Ever Blueberry Pie

  What I look forward to most in summer isn’t just days at the beach and bare feet. It’s more than...

by - August 4, 2015

Spring Greens with Jicama, Cilantro & Lime

  Do your taste buds rule the roost? I started thinking about cilantro and cumin and sunflower seeds and had to...

by - May 18, 2015

Spring Onion Soup With Parmesan Crostini

  It may sound like I’m stretching things a bit but, just like fine wine, onions are a reflection of region...

by - March 30, 2015

A Local Nursery: Shelburne Vermont

  Just last week, I was driving down a country lane in Shelburne, Vermont when I found this little nursery —...

by - December 24, 2015

Pacific Northwest Flower Revivial

  It was a grey, rainy weekend in October when I stumbled upon this West Seattle farmer’s market. It was honestly mind...

by - November 10, 2015

Farm Stand at the Old Brick Store

  If you find yourself in Vermont, not far outside Burlington, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon this little...

by - August 30, 2014

3 Trails You Won’t Want to Miss

  The Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais watershed are an unbelievable treasure of wildness, trails and eye-popping vistas. It’s crazy to...

by - February 1, 2014

Grow What You Love: Free Printable Seed Packets

  Are your pockets full of seeds? Have random envelopes and jars stuffed with the beginnings of next season’s garden? Me...

by - September 14, 2015

Small Space Gardening Tips in Chicagoland

  What happens when you endure an unusually long, cold winter and finally the weather starts to turn the corner toward...

by - April 27, 2015

How to Grow Sprouts with DIY Sprouting Jars

  Antsy for spring? Move over winter blues, time for some green love without the wait. Growing your own sprouts is...

by - February 1, 2015

Small Space Gardening | How to Make a Mint Tin Garden

  It’s easy to have a garden in the smallest of spaces when it’s grown in a tin. And why not...

by - October 13, 2014