Monthly Archives: January 2008

Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, CA

The design and plants used in the Undersea Garden successfully imitate the look of a coral reef. On a recent trip to Southern California, I spent a plant-lover’s dream day at Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas. I live and garden … Continue reading

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The Right Growing Mix for Seedlings

If you’re going to be starting seeds indoors this spring—under lights, on a windowsill or in a greenhouse—you don’t want to be using regular potting soil. It’s too heavy and dense for the delicate, hair-like roots of a newly-germinated seed. … Continue reading

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Growing Onions from Seeds, Sets, and Transplants

Onions grown from seeds or seedlings get larger and keep longer than onions grown from sets. Onions must be one of the most confusing vegetables to grow for new gardeners. Does it make a difference whether you grow them from … Continue reading

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Compost Confession

I have a confession to make: Although I work for Gardener’s Supply, I don’t have a backyard composter. Startling, but true. All yard waste—and there’s a lot of it—is thrown directly into the bed of my truck. From there, I … Continue reading

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Dream Gardens

My mid-winter daydreams often take me back to Holland’s Keukenhof gardens. This is one of the paths I walked along when I was there on an April morning in 2006. My garden has been frozen and covered with snow since … Continue reading

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Too Many Tubtrugs?

I already have 5 of them. Three old black ones and two more in pistachio green. But I could definitely use a couple more. Last fall, when I was harvesting the last of the vegetables, I filled my tub trugs … Continue reading

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Gardeners You Should Know: Allan Armitage

Allan Armitage Allan Armitage is one of the world’s leading experts on perennials and annuals. Born in Montreal, Quebec, and now living in Georgia, he has experience gardening in zones 3 through 8. As a professor of Horticulture at the … Continue reading

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Give a Gnome a Home

Gnomes aren’t to everyone’s taste, but I really like this one. Other than two stainless steel orbs, a small stone buddha and two concrete bunnies, I have kept a lid on the number and type of “decorative accents” allowed in … Continue reading

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Growing Tomatoes at 7,000 ft.

The best tomatoes I’ve ever eaten were grown in Italy and Texas, where the hot sun makes for a high sugar content and lots of rich tomato flavor. So I was surprised to discover that tomatoes are actually native to … Continue reading

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Fighting Climate Change in the Garden

Compost is the key to a healthy, productive garden. Adding organic matter to the soil also helps sequester carbon from the atmosphere. An interesting article by my friend ecologist Steve Apfelbaum appeared in the Christian Science Monitor this week. In … Continue reading

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