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Fear of Seeds

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 19

Last weekend I put together a display at the garden center that encouraged people not to be afraid of seeds. It’s astonishing how many come in looking for six-pack of carrot or bean plants. “Those are better grown from seed,” I always advise, and the customer usually […]

Here Kid, Try Some of These

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 18

I think you’ll be interested in these. Will they get you high? Absolutely. But you don’t swallow, smoke or snort them up your nose…that doesn’t do it. For the ultimate trip, you put these into soil. Yes, place them directly into the dirt. Doing anything else with […]

Of Seeds and Dreams

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 16

If you’re willing to start seeds, this is a good time to be a gardener. I remember in my early gardening days there was Thompson & Morgan, Burpees and Parks Seeds and for backyard gardeners that was about it. Catalogs such as J.L. Hudson, Seedsman existed, but […]

An Ending Is Also A Beginning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 27

Last week I got two packages of seeds in the mail. This end-of-the-current-season/early-next-season-order was spurred by the arrival of the Plant World Seeds catalog. I initially went to their catalog and website to look for Banana Custard Verbascum seeds. I grew this two years ago, and it […]

Seed Awareness

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 27

Am I the only one who gets busy and assumes that things are growing just fine in my life, only to be brought up short by someone misunderstanding what I’ve done or said? I get focused on my own problems, desires and all-that-needs-to-be-done somehow thinking that others […]

Not So Fast…

Report From PIA – May 25

When people come into the garden center, they are frequently looking mature, ready to bloom plants. Those tiny annual Salvia, or the young stalks of Baptisia aren’t very compelling to many shoppers.

The majority of those looking for vegetable plants don’t want to hear that some things are best […]


Report From PIA – April 1

Sometimes it takes awhile to attain a certain level of understanding…but I maintain that it’s worth the wait. I now know that the bunches of seedlings I see throughout my garden, the greedy blue jays, and the random sunflowers in my entry garden are related. I also think that […]

Not a Sure Thing

Report From PIA – February 10

As I plan, optimistically, for my 2010 gardens, I remind myself that none of it is a sure thing. The season might be wet and cold again, so the tomatoes will get late blight. Or it could be the hottest, driest summer on record.

My seeds might not sprout, […]

Fur Balls!

Report From PIA – October 23

This summer, fur balls came to my garden, and I’m not talking about the stuff coughed up by cats.

Two nights ago I spoke to a group of Master Gardeners in Rhode Island. As we finished the evening up, they asked what plants I was excited about this year. […]

Some Seeds Never Germinate

Report From PIA – October 8

I can’t imagine that there is a person on this planet that hasn’t sown seeds that failed to germinate. I’m not just talking about seeds that grow into plants, but of all the things we try to grow, in and out of our gardens.

A reader of this blog […]