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I DO HAVE A VOICE! (I don’t just type and post words on a screen, really.) Since spring 2010, I’ve been taping a 25ish-minute weekly..
The August Chores
august garden chores
HOT, PARCHED, EXHAUSTED. That’s a three-word portrait of me and the garden both most Augusts. We must fight back, so it helps to think of..
MY ‘NY TIMES’ COLUMNS
my latest assignment: a new series in ‘the new york times’
AN OUT-OF-THE-BLUE email in April shook me out of my “new normal” routine. It was an invitation from a “New York Times” editor to create..
LATEST PODCASTS & POSTS
August 15, 2020
turning ‘lawns into meadows,’ with owen wormser
A NEW BOOK came my way recently with a title that just said it all. “Lawns Into Meadows” is what it’s called, and its author,..
August 8, 2020
pinching and propagating, with ken druse
TODAY’S SHOW came out of a phone conversation that Ken Druse and I were having the other day, when I found myself confessing to him..
August 1, 2020
lessons in ecology from mount auburn cemetery, with david barnett
YEARS AGO, a friend who founded a botanic garden in Massachusetts took me to visit a landscape that he had long loved and admired. It..
July 25, 2020
poisonous plants, with dr. michael balick of nybg
A SURPRISING NUMBER of people ask me about whether this plant or that plant in my garden or theirs is poisonous. And so when I..
A RECIPE FOR NOW
watering the garden (not the plants), a 101 with daryl beyers
SUMMER: IT’S WHAT I refer to as the season of dragging hoses, and for me at least this year, the fact that it seems to..
there’s more than one way to ripen a tomato
AH, THE JUICY JOY OF A RIPE TOMATO—IF YOU CAN NURTURE ONE unscathed to that perfect shade of orangey-red, that is. In a hot, dry..
what to plant now for a fall vegetable garden
I’M WATERING THEN SHADING the garden beds where peas grew fat and sweet until early July, when their time was done. The heat and calendar..
get smarter about poison ivy, with dr. susan pell
NO, POISON IVY was not put on the planet to punish mankind, or to boost antihistamine sales. As with every native plant—and yes, Toxicodendron radicans..
be a discerning shopper for native plants, with uli lorimer
AS MORE GARDENERS shop for native plants each year, more plant descriptions in catalogs and on nursery labels use the blanket phrase “pollinator-friendly” to catch..
the garden as refuge in a pandemic year, with adrian higgins of the washington post
THE WORLD IS SHIFTING focus again now, toward opening up this time, several months after much shutting down. But as we do, I for one..
seen in the garden: container-grown woodchucks, and buddhist frogs
THE ROAD TO enlightenment, the path to peace? Uphill. Or so a determined frog out back wanted to remind me the other day. This little..
‘what it’s like to be a bird:’ a conversation with david sibley
IF YOU’RE A BIRD PERSON, as I am, you may feel as if you know this week’s podcast guest, because one of his field guides,..
‘instant’ water garden: try seasonal troughs
NOTHING ADDS MORE TO A GARDEN THAN WATER. Just ask the birds, frogs, and insects—oh, and human visitors, too. It’s a magical element, providing sustenance..
miraculous bird nests (vs. wily nest predators), with brett degregorio
I AM MAD FOR birds, so much so that I’ve been looking expectantly lately at the interactive migration maps on the Birdcast.info website, and browsing..
NATIVE PLANT STORIES
create a pollinator victory garden, with kim eierman
ONE OF THE MOST common questions that garden centers and other garden professionals are asked these days: How can I add more pollinator plants? Kim..
which native plants, and how to make room for them, with ken druse
GARDENERS INCLUDING myself want to add more, more, more native plants to their landscapes to support pollinators and birds and other native wildlife, but what..
thoughts on invasives, plant conservation–and connection, with michael piantedosi
SOMETIMES WHEN WEEDING in my own garden, I get a sense of overwhelm, a feeling that the unwanted plants are winning. If a gardener can..
choosing the right native plants, with uli lorimer
I HEAR MANY TIMES each week from readers or listeners wanting advice about native plants—about pollinator plants, for instance, or making a meadow, or which..
GARDEN DOODLES BY ANDRE
happy spring? andre jordan’s doodled thoughts on winter, as it officially slips away
IN THE VERY FIRST YEAR of A Way to Garden dot com, 2008, I met a stranger across an ocean via the internet. I was..
doodle by andre: oh yeah, sure; the weeds are sorry
DO YOU THINK I BELIEVE THIS FOR ONE SECOND? After nearly 30 years of fighting (losing?) the good fight, I know the one thing we..
doodles by andre: what gardeners regret
SOMETIMES IT’S THE PLANT WE BOUGHT (as in “wrong plant, wrong place,” above); other times the cause of our gardener’s lament-bordering-on-shame is a little trickier,..
doodle by andre: gentle reminders
THERE IS SIMPLY NOTHING TO SAY in response to this latest and greatest of Andre Jordan’s outbursts but this: I shower daily, sir. (All Andre’s..
doodle by andre: so long for now
THIS IS HOW IT GOES, beginning at the first real thaw: Farewell “life,” hello garden. Thanks to Doodler Andre Jordan for depicting the Headless-Chicken Syndrome..
doodle by andre: horny birds
AS I HAVE MENTIONED: Forget about Angry Birds; my yard is full of Horny Birds this spring. And when I told that to the Mad..
RECIPES AND MORE
farm-fresh peaches, frozen to perfection
AFRIEND WITH AN OLD PEACH TREE made me a beneficiary of too many fruits to keep up with one bumper-crop year, and into the freezer..
3 variations on baked beans: sweet, smoky, spicy
THE FREEZERS WERE too tightly packed till now to do anything but choose the forward-facing foods. (Sound familiar?) But I’ve eaten my way to some..
winter squash-coconut milk soup with garam masala
THE RABBITS got the beans that year. The cold weather all that same “summer” got some of the tomatoes. But I got the winter squash,..
skins-on applesauce to freeze, can, and share
MY FAMILY CALLS IT ‘PO SAUCE, with the “po” representing the last syllable of the word “apple,” the way my beloved niece pronounced it when..
how to store garden vegetables for winter
WE TALKED ABOUT storing tender ornamental plants recently, but what about garden vegetables, now that colder nights and days are not so far off? Each..
skins-on easy tomato sauce to freeze
I SPEND RAINY DAYS in harvest season writing, and reading, and streaming a bounty of BBC and other British television series such as “Broadchurch” and..
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'A Way to Garden,' the Book
“’A Way to Garden’—sensitive, wise, deliberate, thoughtful and splendidly bossy—prods us toward that ineffable place where we feel we belong; it’s a guide to living both in and out of the garden.”—Dominique Browning, “The New York Times Book Review“
How to Grow Everything
how to grow garlic, a q&a with filaree farm
MY FIRST EXPLORATION INTO growing garlic was also my first encounter with Filaree Farm. I hate to confess how long it has been since I..
10 top tips for growing root vegetables
GROWING CARROTS, BEETS, RADISHES or other root vegetables can be more challenging than, say, growing a zucchini or pole bean, but these long-storing staples are..
16 things i know about growing tomatoes
FROM THE FIRST SEED SOWN to the last fruit stashed in the freezer, homegrown tomatoes are a labor of love. Whether it’s tomato-sowing time (as..
success with brassicas (including brussels sprouts), with don tipping
THE OTHER DAY as I was plotting who I could ask for help outsmarting the coming season’s cabbage worms, and coaxing the Brussels sprouts to..
growing dry beans, with sarah kleeger of adaptive seeds
DRY BEANS have been a mainstay of my diet for decades; the pantry’s always stocked with multiple kinds. But as possibilities beyond the basic Navy,..
growing and blooming clivia, with longwood’s alan petravich
IF YOU WANT the best houseplant ever, look no further than Clivia. With help from Alan Petravich, then of Longwood Gardens, I learned more about..
growing annual poppies, with marilyn barlow
I DON’T RECALL where the annual poppies that have been replanting themselves here and there around my garden for decades came from in the first..
6 easiest orchids to grow, with longwood’s greg griffis
RIGHT ABOUT NOW, countless orchid plants in homes everywhere—plants perhaps gifted to their owners, or others we bought for ourselves on an impulse when in..