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 »

Asparagus Soup with Crème Fraîche and Lemon

Believe it or not, I hated asparagus when I was a kid. Silly me! Now older and wiser, I love the green spears however they are served: steamed, blanched, grilled, or turned into a screamingly-delicious soup. 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 »

Fast Food: Linguine with Ramps and Asiago

Here in New York's Hudson River Valley (and maybe in your neck o' the woods, too), ramps are in season. To celebrate, I sauteed these rock stars of spring in olive oil and red pepper flakes, and tossed them into some al dente linguine. Here's the recipe for this super-fast main course, along with the answer to your burning question: "What the heck are ramps?" Read more »

Rhubarb Galette with Red Currant Glaze

This rustic poem is neither too tart nor too sweet. It's just...perfectly perfect! My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Meet My Mother (and find gift ideas and recipes for Mother’s Day)

Would you like to meet my mother? Here she is, along with some delicious recipes and gift-ideas for Mother's Day! Read more »

Hori Hori Garden Tool/Winner Announced

Per the little number generator at, the winner of the Hori Hori weeding tool is comment #188, from Noelle. Congratulations, Noelle! To collect your prize, just send me a note. Read more »