Wood Prairie Farm Gardening Catalog Review

Fingerling potatoes are narrow little tubers shaped like fingers or crescents and have colorful names like Swedish Peanut, Rose Finn Apple and Russian Banana. When I posed the question to readers about their favorite seed catalogs, I learned about the Wood Prairie Farm in Maine from TheYarden’s LaManda Joy. She mentioned she likes the Wood […]

Tomato Growers Supply Gardening Review

Tomato Growers Supply Company sent the seeds for my Giant Belgium tomatoes as a free bonus offer for ordering last year. This nearly two-pound tomato lived up to its name. If tomatoes are the most popular “vegetable” grown in home gardens, then the Tomato Growers Supply Company catalog must be one of the top catalogs […]

Happy New Year from My Gnome to Yours

Brian, the Garden Gnome, will no doubt bring good luck and more wild birds to my organic garden this year. Happy New Gardening Year to you! I hope your year is off to a great start. If you’re like many other gardeners, you spent some of the cold days of December thinking about your 2009 […]

Wacky Poinsettia Suits My Gardening Style

The beautiful colors of this novelty poinsettia are due to unstable genetics. Poinsettias are the traditional potted plant for the holiday season and most people prefer those with brilliant red bracts.¬† Others opt for snowy white or shades of pink to match their decor. Then there are other plant lovers (like me) who can’t keep […]

Denver Botanic Gardens at Night Slide Show

If you won’t have the chance to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens and its holiday light show, here’s a glimpse into the Blossoms of Light winter wonderland. John Pendleton captured these images using the night scenery setting on his camera and a tripod for each long exposure. Click on “view all images” to see the […]

2010 Gardening Resolutions Contest

With the 2009 gardening season just a pleasant memory, it’s time to start planning for 2010. One of the most important lessons I learned talking with other gardeners at the Garden Writers Symposium in September was that no matter what part of the country you live in, there are gardening challenges. Too hot or too […]

Santa Loves Molasses Sugar Cookies

Molasses sugar cookies are an old-fashioned favorite. In December I just can’t stay out of the kitchen. For one thing, it’s warm in there so it makes a perfect refuge for days when the thermometer won’t budge much above zero. The kitchen is also where I love to pull out old recipes and greet them […]

Blossoms of Light Kicks Off Holiday Season

See the Denver Botanic Gardens in a whole new light and kick off the holiday season as the Blossoms of Light show returns to the York Street location this year. Last year the Denver Botanic Gardens was in the midst of its huge renovation project and the annual Blossoms of Light extravaganza was dark in […]

Gifts for the Gardener in Your Life

The gardeners I know prefer to receive down-to-earth gifts that help save time and effort in the garden, like this basket designed for gardening fun. It’s December 1 and time to start thinking about what will warm your gardener’s heart this holiday season. Garden centers, gardening catalogs and web sites¬† (like aHa! Modern Living) are […]

Put the Giving Back into Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving is the day to tie on an apron and deliver a loaf of bread or other baked goodie to someone in need. National Tie One On Day was started by “apron lady” EllynAnne Geisel to help us put the giving back in Thanksgiving. Her idea is that each of us should […]

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