Book review: It’s a Long Road to a Tomato

It's a Long Road to a Tomato

If you are interested in reading about the life of an organic farmer, you may like the book entitled It’s a Long Road to a Tomato, Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life by Keith Stewart, with wonderful illustrations by his wife Flavia Bacarella. I was drawn to … Continue reading

Larisa Code: “What smells better than fresh soil?”

Larisa Code, landscape designer, gardener, community green gal and all-around Earth lover’s bio begins simply:  “Larisa Code has been an avid gardener her entire life.”  And so she has. She no only uses her own home and garden as a real-life working and experiment on green gardening and eco-gardening.  She balances designing the gardens of … Continue reading

In The Writer’s Garden: Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick is one of those people you are automatically drawn to and admire. At one moment she is reading an amazing piece of her writing – maybe from a novel she has written, maybe a short story.  Then the next moment she is serving some amazing dish she has cooked from ingredients grown in … Continue reading

The Garden Got Eaten

Yeah, not Eden, eaten. By our resident woodchucks and probably some deer. *sigh* I think I need to give the whole back story. I’m new to gardening. My mom’s a master gardener, but I’d never dived into the world of veggie gardening on my own until this year. This is what it looked like when … Continue reading

Open Garden Days II: Arresting Simplicity

On Open Days, sponsored by the Garden Conservancy, my husband and I delight in the non-plant elements that give a garden a sense of magic. Sometimes a beautiful pot doesn’t have to be planted, it can just be filled with stones. Or the right sculpture can make a bed of unexciting groundcover come alive. Or a salvaged piece … Continue reading

Lessons Learned … and Foliage Love

When I moved into my new husband’s place last summer, I committed a classic horticultural error. This is embarrassing for a horticulturist. Dale and I went to the fabulous Catskill Native Nursery in Kerhonkson NY where I picked out some of my favorite plants, including native ginger (Asarum canadensis) and native cutleaf elderberry (Sambucus canadensis ‘Laciniata’). These are plants that are indigenous to moist … Continue reading