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25 Garden Tips for July-October

From assessing (don’t plant too closely) to zucchini (don’t let them get as big as ball bats), here’s how to grow better. more »

Jul 1, 2013 by in Mountain Garden

Restoring a Neglected Flower Garden: Learning from Mistakes

Two butterfly gardening neophytes pass on six valuable lessons drawn from experience. more »

May 1, 2013 in Mountain Garden

Asparagus, ramps and morels find a glorious combination with butter, eggs and cheese.

Ginny Neil

First Taste of Spring

Ramps are first. Then morels, followed by asparagus. Here’s how to take gustatory advantage of the early trio. more »

Mar 1, 2013 by in Mountain Garden

Jalapenos at a farmer’s market.

Elizabeth Hunter

Jalapeno Peppers: Pick a Peck – or More

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? —Mother Goose Rhyme/tongue-twister more »

Jan 1, 2013 by in Mountain Garden

The Great Container Gardening Experiment

A combination of relentless critter attacks and sustained weather extremes leads to . . . a $50 salad! And to other rewards as well, including plans for next growing season. more »

Nov 1, 2012 by in Mountain Garden

Anemones: A Look of Spring in the Fall

Who, especially in an area surrounded by woods, could resist a shade-loving fall-flowering plant that looks like spring? more »

Sep 1, 2012 by in Mountain Garden

Practical Paths: Make Them in a Morning

One of my goals as a gardener is to find long-term solutions to perennial problems. more »

Jun 1, 2012 by in Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Fabulous Foxgloves

Not only do they thrive in shade, they self-seed, require little care and are attractors of hummingbirds. more »

Apr 2, 2012 in Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Airy Astilbe

A neglected spot and its nearly forgotten planting provide a delightful lesson in delayed gratification. more »

Feb 22, 2012 by in Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Why Garden?

It’s not just for sustenance, but too for exercise, drinking in life and beauty, and maintaining humility. more »

Dec 1, 2011 by in Mountain Garden

Gloriosa daisies, with their large two-toned flowers, are long-blooming and make good cut flowers.

Elizabeth Hunter

Make a Silvery Checkerspot's Day

Like so many of our native plants, the virtues of the Rudbeckias were recognized by English gardeners centuries before they were considered worthy of inclusion in American flower gardens. That’s right. Centuries. more »

Oct 5, 2011 in Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Foliar Flags: Treat the Birds, Butterflies – and Yourself

A lot of yard and garden cleanup awaited me last fall, after a sweltering summer. I had a mess on my hands, but was glad – more than glad, ecstatic – to be outside, day after day, drinking in the world. more »

Aug 4, 2011 by in Mountain Garden

Elizabeth Hunter

Peonies

The big beautiful blossoms last a long time, and don’t require much in the way of specialized attention to achieve. more »

Jun 17, 2011 by in Mountain Garden

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