We were in the car. “Plants are the only living beings in the world that can make their own food,” I said. My daughter sat in silence. Stared out the window. “But people grow their own food,” she said. Good answer. “Yeah, but literally, like with my body. I can’t hold out my hand, let rain hit it, and then turn the rain into hummus … Continue reading Lab Girl: My Favorite Christmas Gift to Give
As a garden designer, I often meet with clients who have tried to beautify their yard with plants but end up frustrated. A little border along the fence sits with a few anemic perennials and a half-dead sapling on a patch of dry dirt. “We realized we need your help,” they say. They tried with good intentions to design a border and somehow it didn’t … Continue reading 8 Mistakes New Gardeners Make
Canadian Dave Ledoux built an impressive selection of gardening podcasts in 2014 at his website Back to My Garden. He’s interviewed all kinds of gardening lovers and professionals from around the world. In November, I was honored to be his guest. Now, our conversation is live and you can click here to check it out. We had fun discussing the ins and outs of gardening … Continue reading Dave Ledoux Rocks the Gardening Podcasts
Trowels and weeders and little rakes that look like oversized forks all have their place, but the one and only small tool that any gardener needs is a hori-hori. Japanese for “dig dig,” this little tool is the best. Unlike a trowel’s blade, this one is narrow, steel, and stiff. It’s not ever going to bend or slip or not be able to cut into … Continue reading Best last-minute Xmas gift? Hori-hori!