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The Best of Whole Life Gardening

Which would be, of course, you. The best of Whole Life Gardening is all the people who have followed this blog over the past few years. I am grateful to you beyond measure…and we’ve had fun, haven’t we? Now I’m planting new gardens: a link to that new site will be posted here soon. Today, [...]

Harvest Meal

As the produce from the garden dwindles, it becomes more important to celebrate what we do have: the last of the eggplant and the final basil harvests. Last night we relished what may be the last fresh pesto (we’ve got a bunch frozen) with a harvest of eggplant and garden tomato sauce. A toast to [...]

Whole Life Gardening

Even the most assiduous gardener has weeds that need pulling. The most experienced horticulturalist sees plants die. Home landscapers find that areas of their property have gotten away from them and gone wild. Very attentive plant people sometimes feel overwhelmed, distracted, or indifferent about what’s happening in their gardens. Life. It happens to all of [...]

A Changing View?

You Can Grow That! As much as we want to hold on to summer, the seasons march on. As dearly as we’d like to keep this plant constantly flowering or that plant just the size it is right now, they are constantly changing, growing larger, or coming in and out of bloom. If our landscape [...]

Have You Met?

Yes, although it’s the end of September I’m focusing today on the month of June.  You see, I was looking back through my photographs for the year in preparation for a talk, and came upon a shot of the dry garden. This bed is up by the road and I’ve planted things in this area [...]

End of Season Comforts

You Can Grow That! It is the start of what is forecast to be a cloudy, cool, rainy week. Yes, the dahlias and zinnias still bloom, and there is new lettuce and chard to be harvested in the vegetable garden. But although treasures still await harvest in the garden, and there are garlic and Cool-Wave [...]

To Save or Let Go

Life is filled with choices. In the garden, certainly, we have many opportunities to make decisions about which plants to edit out and which ones to keep. Do we bring all the tender or tropical plants in for the winter or let them die in the cold? Some of these determinations are based on whether [...]

Embracing Change

One of the talks I give is about the eight rules for being a successful gardener. Since none of these guidelines concerns soil, watering, planting or fertilizer, they are applicable to most areas of life. One of the rules is to embrace change. Plants are constantly growing, the weather shifts with the seasons and other [...]

Planting Personal Peace

How often have you come home after a hectic day desperate to regain even a smidgen of serenity? We lead busy lives that range from rich with experiences and accomplishments to crowded with crisis and coping strategies. At the end of the day it’s a blessing if we can come home to place of peace. [...]

Plants That go the Distance

Here we are in late September and we are still eating out of the garden. Two vegetables are particularly impressive right now; I’m continuing to love a squash I’ve planted for five years plus a pepper from Burpee that is my new BFF. Tonight the two got together for dinner…our dinner. What impresses me about [...]