Straw - an excellent mulch

Why? Here's a list of reasons, though I admit it's not what I'd choose for a high visibility, impress-the-neighbors garden. Still, it's...

Advantages to adding annuals

I'm not fond of regimented vegetable gardens so adding flowers feels natural. Sweet alyssum spilling over the edge of a bed softens the...

Best slug & snail control

I've been using several products containing iron phosphate over the past five years and I'm sold on this chemical. Not harmful to any...

A hint on pansies

Evidently pansies like an acid soil, pH 5.4 to 5.8, but a friend of a friend, I'm told, had wonderful pansies because she put some lime...

More vegetables in a small space

I've been experimenting with some vegetables as a temporary ground cover, and others as "focal points" planted into that expanse of...

Tough, beautiful runner beans

So enough about being overwhelmed, here's one of the many things that are going right. I have some runner beans seeds from several years...

"Why we procrastinate on tiny tasks"

Here's a BBC article especially relevant for gardeners. Why? Because there are so many tiny tasks and because the tendency (at least...

The garlic-flavored leek

It may be called "elephant garlic" because of its large bulbs, but the plant is more closely related to leeks. And, with their stout...