Everybody Knows: Gardening Rules We Have Broken

Everybody Knows: Gardening Rules We Have Broken

Posted by on Apr 29, 2011 in All, Plants | 2 Comments

By JMMDS There are some cardinal gardening “rules” that are practically written in stone. Everybody knows them. But does everybody follow them? Here are some confessions from our studio. We hope you’ll share yours with us. Syringa vulgaris ‘President Poincare.’ Photo: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Anna: You’re supposed to prune lilacs after they finish […]

Vegetable Gardening with Children

Vegetable Gardening with Children

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in All, Design, How-To, Places | 6 Comments

By Jana Bryan Wunderle, JMMDS There is excellent research describing the importance of growing vegetables with children: giving them access to healthy food, teaching them about eating locally, connecting with nature, spending “unplugged” time outdoors… the benefits go on and on. Read more about how one Vermont elementary school is giving students this invaluable experience. […]

Anna’s Annuals: Starting Cut Flowers from Seed

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Design, How-To, Plants, Tips | 6 Comments

by Anna Johansen There are few things more wonderful than a freshly cut bouquet of flowers. I have truly never seen a single baby, grumpy grouch, or even an aloof teen not brighten to a smile after being handed a flower. Here’s how to start your own cut flower garden from seed: One of my […]

Seed Starting: Solanaceae (Nightshades)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in How-To, New Homestead, Plants, Tips | 5 Comments

by Anna Johansen Get growing! It’s just about time to start those tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds. Here are some tips to show you how: L: Numex Twilight peppers; C: Orange Blossom tomatoes; R: Orient Express eggplants. Photos: Johnny’s Selected Seeds.