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 »

My March House and Garden Chores

Here in New York's Hudson Valley (zone 5-b), spring is in the air. As I write this, robins are sunning themselves on a crabapple tree in my backyard. And in the small bed beside the front porch, a group of Eranthis hyemalis (above) is in buttery bloom. It's too early to open the swimming pool. But we can get down and dirty with the following house and garden chores: Read more »

How I Grow Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes. I love them baked in a pie, mashed in Bubble and Squeak, and shredded for eggs in nifty nests. Fortunately, beta carotene-rich Impomea batata is extremely easy to grow in a small home garden. All you need is a sense of adventure, and at least one mature sweet potato! Read more »