GLERUPS FELTED SLIPPERS: In ankle-high booties or low and clog-like, in a range of colors, these Danish slippers of felted wool are the coziest, and durable. Mine have leather soles but if you plan to go outdoors in them, there is a rubber-bottom version in some styles now, too.
FIRE CIDER: As a daily tonic or to add zest to salad or juice, the zippiest apple cider vinegar ever, enlivened with oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, habanero pepper, garlic, turmeric. And a little honey.
THE LECTURE that he’s been giving for a number of years is not-so-subtly called “Kill Your Lawn.” Ecological horticulturist Dan Jaffe Wilder knows that starting over and creating an entire native habitat instead of a lawn isn’t for everyone. But Dan just wants to grab our attention and get us to start to make some changes at least in the way we care for the turfgrass we do want in our landscapes. And maybe give up a little square footage of it to some other kind of more diverse planting, too, like the wild strawberries (Fragaria virginiana, inset). Alternative, more eco-focused styles of lawn care, along with some lawn alternatives is what he and I talked about on the podcast. Dan is Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Wales, Massachusetts, and its 8,000-acre sanctuary. He’s also co-author with Mark Richardson of the book “Native Plants for New England Gardens.”