Ice Ice Baby

Having lived in the Northeast for my entire life, I am used to the changing of the seasons. As we parade through each calendar year, I enjoy the subtle and not-so-subtle transitions in weather and nature. Growing up in Vermont, I had experienced record-setting snowstorms, often trudging through several feet of snow, negative temperatures for …

He Said, She Shed

I will admit that it was getting a bit out of hand. My gardening hobby had taken over. Each year, as I became more passionate about growing, I added new supplies until slowly there was no room left. Supports, pots, tools, bags of soil, potting mix and mulch, stakes, boots, buckets, and more were taking …

A Seeding Frenzy

I anxiously wait, watching the clock, finger poised over my mouse, ready to click at a moment's notice. Sweat starts to form on my brow, and my heart starts to race as the moment approaches. I countdown the minutes as if watching a shuttle launch, 5..4..3..2..1. The sale is live! My fingers fly like they …

Holiday Horticulture

Did you ever notice that certain plants are seen only around the holidays? On a recent December trip to the nursery, I was struck by how festive the greenhouse was decorated-adorned not with ornaments, garland, and twinkling lights, but rather with the beautiful foliage and blooms of potted plants in shades of red, green, pink, …

Leave the Leaves?

To leave or not to leave, that is the question. Over the past several years, this query has become a hot topic among gardeners. It used to be common practice to diligently rake every single leaf off the lawn in the fall. These leaves would be gathered into a pile, placed into bags, and hauled …