Vertical gardening with Garden Up!

Two friends, Rebecca Sweet and Susan Morrison, have teamed up to create a fun new gardening book, Garden Up!: Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. Their publisher kindly sent me a review copy, but I would have bought the book anyway for the design concepts and beautiful photographs. From the cover you can…

Garden book review week at RDR

So, the bubble of spring weather we had over the weekend burst in the 30s yesterday. As you run from your car to the indoors, I bet you’re barely giving the garden a glance. Are you feeling sad? Don’t be, it is February, the cruelest of months. And, it is nearly finished. Hip, hip, hooray!!…

I heard a bird sing today

His voice was low and sweet. Not the chip-chip of Mr. Cardinal calling to his mate, this was a long and beautiful melody celebrating the warmer weather. “Watch out, birdie,” I thought, “Winter isn’t over yet.” I couldn’t see him as he flit from tree to tree, but his voice never left me as I…

Behind the eight ball

Please welcome Jennifer Benner, co-author with Stephanie Cohen of The Nonstop Garden, published by Timber Press.  Jennifer has a horticulture degree from The Ohio State University and is a former associate editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband, Brent, live in northwest Connecticut. As part of our celebration of RDR’s first guest post,…

You really can garden anywhere

First, bear with me while I indulge in a bit of history. When I began to garden, I was nineteen years old, married and living outside Del City, Oklahoma (near Tinker Air Force Base) in a mobile home.  At the local Wal-Mart, I bought three rosebushes, their bare roots encased in plastic (ugh).  Because I…

That rainwashed feeling

A little rain stirs magic in a garden.  There is no doubt that ozone and rainwater are much better than an irrigation system no matter how good.  That’s why all garden magazines are in love with Portland, Oregon and parts of Washington State.  Who could blame them?  Plants glow from within.  It’s why Ireland always…

Snowbound thoughts: Part I, terrariums

Well, most of the snow melted in yesterday’s rain, but more ice and snow are predicted for Sunday and again next week.  I’m beginning to understand why northern gardeners go stir crazy in winter. However, as Cindy From My Corner of Katy (near Houston), wrote, “One step closer to spring, sweet Jesus.” Isn’t that what…

You choose the winner!

First let me say, “WOW!!!”  One hundred twenty-one comments! Thanks, too, for the tweets.  Y’all outdid yourselves.  NGBF (Non-gardening Best Friend), Aimee, and I found it hard-scrabble plowing to narrow the playing field to three potential winners.  Therefore, we also chose three Honorable Mentions.  You are all so brilliant, and you inspired me with your…

Kitchen Gardener magazine arrives!

About a hundred years ago, when I first started gardening out here in the country in my red dirt, I subscribed to Kitchen Gardener magazine (formerly known as Kitchen Garden).  Like a vegetable garden bible, I carried this magazine everywhere, and I read its bimonthly issue cover to cover.  I was so entranced by one…