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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 »

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 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 »

February 2016 House & Garden Chores

FEBRUARY brings Valentine's Day, boxes of chocolate, and a ton of fun gardening jobs. Of course, winter-sowing continues outdoors no matter the weather. Then there are houseplants to tend, old seeds to test, and dormant branches to force into glorious indoor bloom. Read more »

House and Garden Fun for January, 2016

Happy 2016, everyone! Here in New York's Hudson Valley, we're having a "hit-and-miss" winter. I'm talking about 71°F on Christmas Eve, and a modest snowstorm 4 days later. Weird weather or not, this month I'm tending houseplants, winter-sowing seeds, and cooking up some savory feasts. Read more »

My October House & Garden Chores

Happy October, everyone! This month, I'm planting bulbs, baking cinnamon rolls (yum!), and designing window gardens. Wanna watch me work? Check out this month's list of House and Garden Chores. Read more »

June 2015 Kitchen and Garden Chores

Wanna get down and dirty in the garden with me? We can train the tomato vines, smother the weeds, and deadhead the spent spring flowers. Afterwards, we can make something delicious to eat! The fun starts here: Read more »