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Tender Serviceberry Pie (Inclusive of Any Berry in Season)
Berry season is hurtling down the June highway. While it’s exciting to see real, seasonal strawberries and raspberries arrive at local markets, it’s the serviceberries (juneberries, saskatoon) that I have been waiting for, impatiently. These native North American fruits are produced by trees and shrubs of the Amelanchier genus, and are seldom sold at market; […]
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Lilac Honey: A Simple Way to Catch and Enjoy the Heady Scent
If you live in a place blessed with an abundance of lilac (perhaps outside your front door, or in the fields and hedgerows of New England where it has naturalized rampantly), gather a basketful and take it home to submerge in honey. Steeping lilac flowers for two days yields an evocative lilac honey that carries […]
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DIY Outdoor Planters: A Cool Palette for Hot Weather
I garden in pots on my front porch, and by the time summer arrives, I just want my containers to look good…and I don’t want to spend a lot of time on them. So I always create at least one lushly planted pot filled with low-care plants, since that’s all you need to keep a […]
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A Garden From Scratch: How to Plant for Success (A Case Study)
So you’re finally ready to plant up an area of your garden. How do you ensure you’re giving your plants the best possible start? In part 5 of my series on making A Garden from Scratch (scroll to the bottom for the other installments), I look at one border in my own garden and explain […]
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Indoor Gardening 101: The What, When, and How of Repotting Plants
Do your plants need to be repotted? What are the signs they have outgrown their pots? How do you actually repot anyway? Will repotting hurt your plant? Repotting isn’t hard. Let’s get started. N.B.: Featured photograph by Justine Hand, from DIY: How to Care for Aloe Vera, the Plant of Immortality. What are the signs your […]
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Festive, Foraged, and Fuss-Free: 8 Seriously Easy, Nonchalantly Stylish DIY Holiday Decorations
I’ve been thinking about making festive dried citrus garlands for years. They’re supposed to be an easy DIY project, something even a small child could probably pull off. Yet, they remain on a long list of craft projects that I would like to someday try. Though, not this year. And probably not next year either. […]
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December in the Garden: ‘Tis the Season…to Plant?
December is an interesting month for most. It’s filled with fun things like parties and holidays, but the fun is inevitably accompanied by a whole lot of chores and stress. Wouldn’t it be great to get outside and do some stress-relieving gardening? Sigh. Good news: You can garden in December! What you can plant will […]
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Gardening 101: How to Propagate Your Annuals this Fall for Next Summer
Summer is over, and our gardens are slowly slipping into their winter sleep. For perennials, it is a much needed rest to recharge for next year. For most annuals, though—there’s no nice way to say this—they are at the end of their life cycle. (To learn more about annuals, see The Garden Decoder: What Are […]
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Time to Thin Out the Garden? How to Divide (and Multiply) Popular Perennials
We divide plants for two main reasons. First is to rejuvenate. As some plants grow older, they bloom less and are less vigorous. Dividing rejuvenates them. Second reason is to get more plants! If you love the plants you have, why buy more when you can make more? Fall is the ideal time to divide […]
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Habitat Piles: Turning Garden Debris Into Shelter and Sculpture
This is part of a series with Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit dedicated to toxic-free, nature-based gardening, on how you can be more sustainable in your landscapes at home. With all the recent storms and severe weather happening across the country, many of us are besieged with debris from trees and shrubs. Instead of hauling […]
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Got Powdery Mildew in Your Garden? How to Identify and Eradicate It
As you look over your garden, something catches your eye. There’s a powdery grayness on the leaves of your lilac and maybe your peonies. Maybe your roses or dogwoods have it too. You have powdery mildew. What is powdery mildew, exactly? Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that shows up between late June and September […]
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Gardening 101: How to Divide Tall Bearded Irises
While summer is normally the time to kick back and enjoy the literal fruits of your labor, there may still be a few gardening tasks lurking—such as that overgrown patch of past-bloom irises that need to be divided. Now is the right time. Maybe they are too crowded, maybe they aren’t blooming as much as […]
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Summer on Ice: Easy Garden-Inspired Drinks for Your Next Get-Together
When it comes to entertaining, we are fans of low-lift, high-payoff recipes, particularly in the summer, when our time is better spent outdoors, preferably on a hammock, with a drink in hand. If you feel similarly, read on. We’ve searched our archives for the best summer drinks and cocktails. These delicious fresh-from-the garden concoctions are […]
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The Lazy Lawn: 7 Tips for a Slow Mow Summer
Over the last few years, the No Mow May movement has spread faster than a patch of Japanese knotweed. Started in the U.K., No Mow May encourages homeowners not to maintain their lawns the month of May, the thinking being that letting the grass grow out allows wildflowers to bloom, which helps at-risk pollinators and […]
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Search & Destroy: Scarlet Lily Beetles
I can tell when spring is in full force in many different ways. The longer days! The warmer weather! The beautiful flowers! The birdsong! The social media posts asking what is this bright red bug eating my lilies? It’s not the height of spring in my area until my friends start posting photos of bright […]