1 Feb
2015
47 days to spring: Selecting front-yard-worthy crops

47 Days to Spring: Selecting Front-Yard-Worthy Edibles

Today, I will take three things with me to my family’s traditional Superbowl chili fest: homemade cornbread, a six pack of beer, and a stack of garden catalogs. Yesterday, I admitted to a bit of a seed collecting habit, and shared a link to an older blog post that lists […] ...

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31 Jan
2015
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48 Days to Spring: Daydreaming with Seed Catalogs

In my home office, I have an orange dresser I use for storage. The thing is big. Six drawers, all wide and deep and perfect for holding gobs of office supplies and other get-the-work-done stuff. Also, seeds. One entire drawer is devoted to seeds. Vegetable seeds. Flower seeds. Herb seeds. […] ...

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30 Jan
2015
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49 Days to Spring: Build a House for Native Bees

Wintertime, and all the busy bees are busy napping. But soon enough, the fruit trees will start flowering and the bees will start buzzing. The earliest native bees emerge well before the last frost date, taking advantage of sun-warmed days to collect nectar and pollen from early-blooming flowers. This means […] ...

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29 Jan
2015
50 days to spring #countdowntospring

Countdown to Spring — 50 Days to Go!

Two days ago, a friend posted on Facebook that the snow tally in her yard was approaching (and might surpass) three feet. Yesterday, a cold front hit Virginia, freezing everything in its path. Looking at the five-day forecast, I see threats of snow or sleet every day but one. Winter […] ...

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15 Dec
2014
Gift Guide—The Kitchen Gardener Edition

Gardener Gift Guide 2014 — The Kitchen Edition

Last week, I shared some of my favorite books and gardening tools in two separate gift guides for gardeners. This week, we move on to the harvest, and what to do with it. We vegetables gardeners grow vegetables because we love to garden, and also—presumably—because we love to eat our […] ...

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4 Dec
2014
Gift Guide — 10 Tools for Gardeners

Gardener Gift Guide 2014 — The Tools Edition

Two days ago, we talked books. Today, the gift guide is all about tools and other useful things that your garden-loving giftee will want to put to work in the garden. Several of these items I’ve given as gifts, and others I’ve “gifted” to myself. All are well-built for a long […] ...

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2 Dec
2014
Gift Guide — 10 Books for Gardeners

Gardener Gift Guide 2014 — The Books Edition

Can you believe today is December 2? Me neither. Seems like the holidays always manage to sneak up on me. You’d think 365 days’ advance notice would be enough, but, nope. For all you wait-until-December shoppers out there (yep, that’d be me), I’ll be posting a few garden-friendly gift guides […] ...

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25 Nov
2014
2015 Outlaw Garden Wall Calendar

The Outlaw Garden 2015 Wall Calendar

I am SO excited to be sharing this with y’all! After weeks of edits and revisions, the Outlaw Garden 2015 wall calendar is done and ready for you. I hope y’all like it! You can view and buy the calendar on lulu.com. Each month features a full-color photo of a […] ...

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24 Nov
2014
Seed Catalog Round-Up — 9 to Try

9 Seed Catalogs to Request Today

I’m picky when it comes to seeds: They should be healthy and disease-free; ideally heirloom and organic; and, with few exceptions, open pollinated (meaning, not hybrids). I’m also picky when it comes to seed catalogs. I look for companies that specialize in organic, open-pollinated, and/or heirloom seeds. Because unusual varieties […] ...

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9 Oct
2014
five fall bloomers for the front yard vegetable garden

Five Fall-Blooming Plants for the Front Yard Vegetable Garden (or any garden)

Late summer and fall can bring a somewhat exhausted look to the garden. The tomatoes and squash often bear the ravages of mildews, blights, and other foliage ills. The kales and chards may be reduce to leaf ribs and stalks by hungry hungry cabbage worms. And, seemingly overnight, a rush of […] ...

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