1. PICKLE-MANIA: My old friend Dan Koshansky’s recipe for refrigerator pickles—one of three archival 2008 posts that nevertheless made the top 10 again in 2009—was your choice for the Number 1 spot, based on how many views it got. The recipe couldn’t be easier, nor the results more delicious. Remember: lots of garlic, please.
2. GROWING A BETTER TOMATO: No surprise that this post about every phase of tomato growing, from seed to harvest, was a winner (as was the Number 10-ranked one about growing them from seed, specifically). Who doesn’t love tomatoes?
3. STEWARTIA CONNOISSEURS: Who knew a relatively unusual tree like Stewartia would garner the Number 3 popularity spot of the year—particularly since the story on it is from a year earlier? Now that’s a tree (and a blog post) with multiple seasons of interest!
4. WORKHORSE GROUNDCOVERS: I thought this would be Number 1, since really tough groundcovers that aren’t ivy or pachysandra or vinca are hard to come by. But I suppose the Number 4 spot isn’t bad.
5. DEER FENCING, MY WAY: Keeping deer out of the garden is one of the biggest challenges gardeners face, and I shared whatever insights I have in this popular post.
6. THINKING VIBURNUMS: My favorite genus of woody plants did it again: made me, and my readers, happy. This 2008 post won the Number 6 spot in 2009, but if you added in the popularity of my viburnum-pruning how-to post and another one on the heavy viburnum fruit set this year, the topic of viburnum would rank as Number 3 over all for 2009 here. They certainly deserve it.
7. TOUR OF MY GARDEN: Seeing this slideshow of my spring garden tour on the most-popular list feels like I had a whole other group of visitors—the quietest, best-behaved ones ever. Fun.
8. WEEPING ALASKA CEDAR: Of all the beloved conifers I profiled so far, none was more popular than the weeping Alaska cedar, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula.’
10. TOMATOES FROM SEED: These tricks for how to germinate them and produce a stock seedling did the trick for many readers, apparently.
Thanks to all of you for your clicks, your comments, your camaraderie.