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Round Robin: Lay-By Days

By Portia Meares

Notes From A Regional Gardener: The Lord says that on the seventh day we should rest. I’d add that in the seventh or eighth month it is good to do the same: slow down, watch the grass grow, listen to the bees hum. Lady spends her dog-day afternoons lying in the shade. I lie in the hammock under two wonderful old oak trees.


Round Robin: Sober Planting

By Rob Proctor

Sure, things go awry during the course of the summer—it’s been too hot, too cool, too wet, too dry, too buggy, too sluggy. When the going gets tough, the tough get planting.


Round Robin: One Job At A Time

By Elisabeth Sheldon

Notes From Regional Herb Gardeners: Don't be overwhelmed by your herb garden. Just take it one job at a time.


Round Robin: Feathered Friends

By Andy Van Hevelingen

Notes From a Regional Gardener: Thinking back on this past growing season, I noted an obvious decrease in the number of tree frogs, butterflies, and hummingbirds visiting my garden. I hope that it was only an aberrant year.


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Round Robin: Exasperating Perilla Frutescens

By Elisabeth Sheldon

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Was there ever such an exasperating plant as perilla? Ever a plant so determinedly, so single-mindedly, so frantically bent on procreation? It seeds itself into the center of every perennial in the garden, into pots of geraniums, and in the cracks between bricks and flagstones. How shamefully fecund it is, yet how useful!


Round Robin: Rueful Memories

By Portia Meares

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: After last winter, the severest in years, one gardener took an inventory of the damage to her herb garden in hopes of forestalling devastation the next time around.


10 Date and Gift Ideas for a Green Valentine's Day

By Susan Melgren

Celebrate the holiday of love by showing some love for the earth. From organic flowers and chocolates to romantic evenings at home, here’s how you can have a green Valentine’s Day.


Round Robin: Easing Into Hibernation

By Elisabeth Sheldon

Notes from a Regional Gardener: People have asked me if I shouldn’t like to have a greenhouse or to move south where I could garden all year, and the answer is no. Possibly I’m part grizzly bear, for I feel that winter is for hibernating and restoring the tissues, for reading, writing, and listening to music.