The Obamas’ New Yard

Part 2 of my Garden-Related Thoughts on Inauguration Day is a look-see the Obamas’ home and garden for at least two years while Sasha finishes high school. Enjoy the whole slide show ...

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A Flower Show at the End of the World

Enjoy a photo-travelogue by our guest Rob Cardillo! This past October, I was lucky enough to attend Japan’s fourth annual Gardening World Cup set in Huis Ten Bosch  –  a slightly surreal, ...

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Making my peace with poinsettias

As you can  imagine, many of my most passionate rants are years in the past, back when we started. You can only inveigh against lawn culture, shake your fist against Big Chem, ...

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Snow Challenged Chickens

We love to think of chickens frolicking in open pastures, living the “sustainable” life by chasing bugs and laying big, beautiful eggs. But have you ever wondered what happens when winter arrives ...

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I was a Lab Rat for GMO Apples

Site of the Agricultural Research Service’s Food Quality Laboratory How does a gardenblogger find something to write about in December?  By jumping at the chance to taste-test produce for the USDA, that’s ...

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A Bantam Fan

  Tiny roosters watching over tiny hens I like having bantam hens for the same reason that I like having girl children: pretty. A joy to watch. It was the girls who ...

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Poor Man’s Fertilizer

As I contemplate the task of plowing the driveway, I find it hard to see anything appealing in last night’s snowfall.  It seemed to me that we already had plenty of the ...

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Edible Madness

Much will be said in the coming weeks and months about Michele Owen's amazing new book Grow the Good Life, most of it by me. (With that link I send you to ...

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Plant Shopping Dos and Don’ts

Plant-shopping is a hobby for most addicted gardeners, but it’s also a craft. Years ago, when I wanted to sharpen my skills, I consulted with the buyer for a busy Long Island ...

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