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SINCE SPRING 2010, I’ve been taping a 25ish-minute weekly public-radio gardening program with my neighbors down the road in Sharon, Connecticut, at Robin Hood Radio,..
Crustless Pumpkin ‘Pies’
pumpkin custard: holiday pie, minus the crust
THE RECIPE’S A CINCH (and easier on the tummy already full from that big holiday meal): Take whatever pumpkin pie filling you like to make,..
MY ‘NY TIMES’ COLUMNS
my latest assignment: a series in ‘the new york times’
AN OUT-OF-THE-BLUE email in April 2020 shook me out of my “new normal” routine. It was an invitation from a “New York Times” editor to..
LATEST PODCASTS & POSTS
December 4, 2021
d.i.y. terrariums as gifts (or centerpieces), with patricia buzo
I’M EYEING A vintage glass cookie jar I haven’t used in years, and a big glass snifter, too, that’s been sitting idle on a shelf..
November 26, 2021
the wonder of lichens, with jessica allen
SOME OF THE most beautiful and intricate creatures in the garden are not plants at all. A diversity of lichen is showing off right now..
November 20, 2021
revisiting the children’s classic ‘the secret garden,’ with marta mcdowell
AUTHOR MARTA MCDOWELL, a gardener and landscape designer in contemporary New Jersey, has an enduring passion for digging into history, particularly into noted authors and..
November 13, 2021
counting down the last fall garden tasks, with ken druse
IT’S BEEN A strangely mild fall so far in the Northeast, where Ken Druse and I both garden. But as some recent overnight freezes served..
december garden chores
THE SHORTEST garden to-do list of the year, December’s, begins with the annual fire drill—one final last-minute check of whatever I had forgotten to secure..
when inner conifer needles turn yellow or brown
DON’T PANIC: Nothing’s wrong, and they’re not all dying in unison, I promise. Though we commonly call them “evergreens,” conifers such as pine, arborvitae, spruce..
easy does it: lightweight pruning tools (why i’m grabbing snips vs. bigger pruners)
CONFESSION: I haven’t used my pricey, famous-name pruning shears in a few years. No, the garden’s not an abandoned mess; I’ve been making dozens (hundreds?)..
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..
native shrubs and small trees, with marc wolf of mountain top arboretum
I’M ALWAYS LOOKING for more places to tuck native plantings. My current mission is along my property edges, where I’m adding a more complex layer..
winter sowing of native plants, with heather mccargo of wild seed project
TIME FOR A LESSON in winter sowing—sowing seeds in fall and early winter outside in a protected spot, a sort of easy DIY home nursery..
native ferns and how to propagate them, with uli lorimer
BY THE TIME we hit August, some plants in the garden are a little beat up—or have at least needed deadheading, or even wholesale cutting..
fun facts about birds: ‘birdpedia,’ with chris leahy
HOW MANY BIRD SPECIES are there in the world and how many individual birds? And how do you even try to count? Do bird sweat,..
‘natural community gardening,’ with patrick mcmillan of heronswood
I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD to connecting with Patrick McMillan, who last October took over as director of the exceptional plant collection and astonishing landscape that..
‘around the world in 80 plants,’ with jonathan drori
ENVIRONMENTALIST AND best-selling author Jonathan Drori says that for him, plant science is fascinating, but it’s truly enlivened when it’s entwined with human history and..
NATIVE PLANT STORIES
trillium time, with native plant trust’s uli lorimer
IT’S TRILLIUM WEEK the first week of May at Garden in the Woods, the headquarters of Native Plant Trust in Framingham, Massachusetts, the nation’s oldest..
oaks: the most powerful plant of all, with doug tallamy
EVERY TIME over the years that I’ve spoken to today’s guest, one word comes up: oak. If entomologist and University of Delaware Professor Doug Tallamy..
which echinacea perform best? with sam hoadley of mt. cuba center
ANY GARDENER shopping at a local nursery or paging through perennial plant catalogs can’t help but notice there are a lot of Echinacea, or coneflowers,..
our desert island plants: native spring woodland perennials, with ken druse
FACING A FORECAST of heaps of snow the other day, Ken Druse and I got to dreaming on the phone together of more colorful times..
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
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..
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,..
recipes to help keep up with the csa share or garden’s bounty, with ali stafford
HOW DO YOU GRILL vegetables to perfection? And what do I do with my garlic scapes, or the greens on all those radishes, and so..
baking no-knead bread and using every crumb, with alexandra stafford
A NEW COOKBOOK got me thinking in a whole new way about bread, which actually involved my thinking about bread in a whole old way:..
recipe: power green soup, by rebecca katz
THE GREENEST of green soups, this one is called Power Green Soup, and comes from Rebecca Katz’s cookbook “Clean Soups.” Read and/or listen to my..
soup garden: growing vegetable soup ingredients
I DON’T THINK I HAVE EVER planted a theme garden—you know, a Children’s Garden, for instance, or White Garden or Shakespeare Garden, the kinds of..
growing and storing a year of parsley
F LAT-LEAF, OR ITALIAN, PARSLEY IS MACHO COMPARED TO CURLY-LEAF, particularly the selection called (grrrr!) ‘Gigante.’ I like my parsley big and strong, and I..
'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
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..
growing hellebores, with judith knott tyler
ON A FORMER Virginia tobacco farm that was in her family for six generations, Judith Knott Tyler and her husband, Dick, spent 30ish years breeding..
lee reich’s blueberry-growing how-to
DON’T SAY ‘I CAN’T GROW BLUEBERRIES,’ says Lee Reich, whose PhD explored factors affecting the growth of Vaccinium corymbosum, the highbush blueberry. “Follow the prescription..
how to grow kale, with sarah kleeger of adaptive seeds
‘ANYONE CAN GROW KALE,’ the seed farmers at Adaptive Seeds—who have collected kales from around the world and made them a specialty—said recently, seeming to..
grow onions from seed, with seed breeder don tipping of siskiyou seeds
SICK OF SPENDING BIG on onion and leek transplants? Master growing those edible Allium from seed, and also learn a bigger lesson: about the powerful..
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..
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..