No Weeds: How I Plant Seeds and Seedlings Through Paper

Newspaper mulching, as I described in detail in an earlier post, is the easiest way to keep beds weed-free for an entire season. But how do you plant seeds and seedlings when weed-smothering paper is in place? I'm so glad you asked. Here's the how-to: Read more »

Sippin’ and Strollin’ in the May Garden

In mid-May, when the days are warm, the air is fragrant, and the phlox subulata (above) is in bloom, I like to spend a little quality-time outdoors. Would you like to see what's shaking in the gardens here? Join me. Read more »

My May Kitchen & Garden Chores

TAKE A TIP FROM THE NESTING ROBINS -- May isn't the month to snooze! Indeed, garden work we accomplish now will determine the success we'll have for the rest of the growing season. Need a little guidance? I follow this routine: Read more »

The Organic Way to Beautiful Roses

Many years ago, I decided to never use chemicals in my rose beds, nor anywhere else on this property.  And today, when the roses are in bloom, I can freely eat their fragrant petals without fear of getting sick. Candied rose petals are delightful on this Queen Victoria Cake. Read more »

April Garden Chores

Well, hello there, April! Here in New York's Hudson Valley (zone 5-b), lawns are greening,birds are mating, and yellow daffodils are trumpeting the arrival of spring. Shall we have a look at the month's garden chores? Read more »

My (Updated) Garden Conservancy “Open Days”

I did not open my gardens to the public last summer. Why? Well, I was busy writing recipes and taking photographs for my cookbook (it's coming -- I promise!), and there was precious little time to pull weeds. But this summer will be different. I'll be open twice! Here are the tour dates, along with pictures of the gardens you'll visit: Read more »

Which Veggies Will You Grow in 2016?

The tried and true -- or something new? Which veggies are you planning to grow this summer? Read more »