The May Giveaway: Ricki Carroll’s Cheesemaking Kit

EACH TIME I’VE OFFERED Ricki Carroll’s fabulous mozzarella/ricotta cheesemaking kit in a random drawing, the response has been overwhelming. Consequently I've ordered another kit for this month's giveaway. Who'd like a chance to win it? Read more »

Giveaway: A Natural Woman: Carole King’s memoir

I FELL IN LOVE WITH CAROLE KING IN 1971, when her brilliant album Tapestry was released. And since that time I've purchased each of her solo albums, beginning with Writer (1970) and ending (so far) with Love Makes The World (2000). So is it any wonder that I bought A Natural Woman, Carole's just-published memoir? Of course I bought a copy for you, too. Would you like a chance to win it in this month's random drawing? Read more »

A Birthday & A Giveaway

I CAN'T HARDLY BELIEVE IT, but this Tuesday, March 20, marks the third anniversary of A Garden for the House. To celebrate, I'd like to give away one of Ricki Carroll's fab cheese-making kits. Who'd like a chance to win it in a random drawing? Read more »

November Giveaway: $50 Spending-Spree at Logees

HERE AT A GARDEN FOR THE HOUSE, I rely on window gardens -- including the one above, in my den -- to chase away the winter blues. You might like to have such a garden in your own home. Of course you'll need plants. And to help you acquire them, I've purchased a $50 gift certificate from Logee's Greenhouses. Want a chance to win this spending-spree in a random drawing? Read more »

September Giveaway: Waterbath Canning Kit

BECAUSE MY FREEZER IS TOO SMALL TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE TOMATOES I’VE HARVESTED, I’ve decided to learn a new skill: waterbath canning. And to make the job as easy as possible, I ordered the nifty canning-kit you see pictured above. Of course, I purchased an extra kit for you. Would you like a chance to… Read more »

Protecting Plants During Severe Weather: My Tips & Yours

IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, I suspect some of us will be swapping horror stories about the destruction that Hurricane Irene foisted upon our gardens. But before the severe wind and driving rain arrive, I’d like to know what efforts — if any — you’re making to protect your plants. I’m doing these five things:… Read more »

The EASY Way to Age a New Cement Statue

TO GIVE THE NEW STATUES in my Pool Garden an old-world patina, I turned to my friend Michael Laudati (above), who is a professional make-up artist. Would you like to see how he transformed my Satyr and another cement figure into works of antiquity? His process, which takes only 10 minutes, is surprisingly simple: Materials:… Read more »