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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

Purple Peach & Blackberry Pie

What happens when you pair purple peaches and blackberries in pie? Only the most amazing mouthful of summer. Dare you ask what’s a purple peach? We generally find white or yellow peaches at the market. Both...

What’s Your Mantra?

Mantras come and go while others stick. What’s your mantra? When I began writing Pass The Pistil I was filled with ideas — ideas spurned on by a deep seated desire that didn’t yet have...

Summer Inspiration: Inside Garden Design Magazine

Did you know it’s possible to create a garden oasis that’s as low maintenance as it is beautiful? Or that your favorite summer blooms can be preserved for seasons on end with just paper...

DIY Cocktail Herb Garden: Scented Geranium + Recipes

Looking for something new to plant in your summer garden? Add scented geraniums to the list. They're worth every square inch of earth they occupy and they're glamorous in a beautiful-on-the-inside sort of way. More...

6 Basil Varieties To Grow & Love

  Grow these 6 basil varieties to change the way you cook and live. As a gardener and cook, I’m always on the lookout for new varieties to grow and basil is no exception. There are...

How To Attract Pollinators To Your Garden

Looking for creative ways to attract pollinators to your garden?  Pollinators face a number of challenges, with habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change at the top of the list. What’s wonderful is, our gardens...

Succession Planting Tips: Get More From Your Plot

The secret to succession planting is to sow little and often. In fact, this is the key to a continual and abundant supply of fresh veggies and the best way to avoid a glut. What...

Cooking with Edible Flowers: Garden Fresh Summer Rolls & More

Looking for simple, easy ways to cook with edible flowers? I have a few, all-time favorite recipes and tops on the list are summer rolls. Though I also love candied blooms for sweets, tossing petals...

The Best Soil For Your Garden (And You)

The best soil for your garden (and you) is organic and chemical free. Here’s Why. Soil is teaming with life. Worms have been touted as champion soil makers, but so too are many other creatures,...

Inside Ricky’s Flower Market

Don’t you love life’s unexpected moments? The ones that are eye opening and leave you feeling as if you happened upon a treasure? This was me with Ricky’s Flower Market in Somerville, Massachusetts outside...
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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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