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Looking Back at the Season

I recently took a little time to review the past growing season while it was still fresh in my mind. I organized plant labels, seed packets, and notes; looked through photographs; and read entries in my garden journal. In January and February, I grew several varieties of amaryllis. They provided magnificent blooms for this winter… Continue reading Looking Back at the Season

Garden DIY · Garden Planning · Vegetable Gardening

On winter days, make seed tapes.

There are many benefits of planting vegetables from seed. The selection of seed varieties is far greater than the variety of plants at the garden center; a packet of seeds is considerably less expensive than plants already started in pots; and it is very rewarding to care for vegetables from germination to harvest. Some seeds… Continue reading On winter days, make seed tapes.

Garden Design · Garden Planning

Pantone announces the Color of the Year. Do gardeners care?

Pantone is THE authority on color. Their color choice for the upcoming year guides designers in just about every industry from clothing and furniture to housewares and cosmetics. This year, they have chosen two colors – Rose Quartz and Serenity. It’s the first time they have ever chosen two colors as their Color of the… Continue reading Pantone announces the Color of the Year. Do gardeners care?

Garden Planning · Vegetable Gardening

It’s seed catalog time!

I don’t grow a lot of plants from seed, but the seed catalogs that arrive in my mailbox in January are like treasured friends, a sign that spring will come again. I turn their pages relishing the colorful photos and mouth-watering descriptions of each and every plant. I examine vegetables I don’t like with almost… Continue reading It’s seed catalog time!