what you fancied: 2010’s top 15 stories
IT’S NOT VERY ‘IN THE MOMENT’ TO LOOK BACK, but let’s do it anyhow. Can you guess what the favorite A Way to Garden posts of 2010 were? (Hint: Not even one was about Jack the Demon Cat, above, whom I fancy more with every passing day together.) Think a moment—then see how good your answer was in this top-15 hit list:
Note on things I didn’t include: the monthly garden chores (always a big hit), or posts from previous years that are still top-performing thanks to Google search (like my refrigerator-pickle recipe, truly the little engine that could). All the big green headline links below are 2010 vintage, and apparently met with your approval. Thanks for your visits and encouragement this year.
These 1936-1943 beauties bear timely messages: of conservation, hard work, simplicity, rich with phrases like “preserve food” and “spare our trees.” A slideshow.
Stop wondering and use one of the handy guides I rounded up to ID and manage your invaders.
An homage to beloved Ruth Stout, no-nonsense queen of mulch. Sadly, the videos I was able to show in the original post were subsequently taken off YouTube, so I’ve updated this one.
I don’t know what my favorite plant is among all the possibilities, but these foliage beauties for use indoors and out certainly come close.
The virtual tour proved the next-best thing to actually coming to visit me on Open Days.
In which I confess my seed order for the year. Scary. (Can’t wait to dig in to the 2011 offerings and do some shopping, however.)
7. Summer and Fall Food Fest Posts
The annual collaborative recipe-swap with food-blogging friends was extremely popular, and technically the intro page to the series was the Number 7 new post on my site…but it isn’t very juicy (just a list of what was to come). Week by week I covered:
- Cukes and Zukes
- Beans and Greens and Herbs
- Stone Fruit
- Fall Salads (mine included beets)
- Mad Stash (last call in the garden)
- Sweet potatoes
Hey, good looking: a slideshow of some of my many Helleborus orientalis hybrids in the early spring garden.
Not cheap, but super heavy-duty and they fold flat to boot.
My first video explains what my “horticultural how-to and woo-woo” mission statement is all about.
Who knew which green ones will and won’t turn red? The scoop.
After a blight-stricken 2009 for many growers, I outlined steps to help you try for better outcomes in 2010.
“Look out the window” was my best advice. Making a garden plan begins indoors, or at least to my eye it does.
I rounded up all my tomato knowledge in this popular post.
What makes good mulch (and doesn’t), and how to use it–a topic on which I am very opinionated.
Again, my many thanks for your visits, comments, and good energy. Onward into another year together, shall we?