Christine Hamon

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Build a Backyard Edible Ecosystem

Fruits, vegetables, and flowers can transform neighborhoods into abundant, beautiful, healthy environments. If we plant fruit trees, berry bushes, …

Finally, a comic novel gets a Pulitzer Prize. It’s about time.

Andrew Sean Greer did something rare this week: His latest novel, “Less,” won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.<p>That’s extraordinary, of course, but what makes this year’s winner so unusual is that his novel is funny. <i>Very funny</i>. Laugh-till-you-can’t-breathe funny.<p>That just doesn’t happen in the …

Books

The Lost Words campaign delivers nature ‘spellbook’ to Scottish schools

Bus driver raises cash via Twitter to give ‘magical’ poetry and picture book to all 2,681 schools<p>A book created to celebrate the disappearing words of everyday nature, from acorn and wren to conker and dandelion, is fast becoming a cultural phenomenon with help from a crowdfunding campaign by a …

Literary Prizes

Ancient Olympians ate this honey cheesecake as a post-workout snack, and we have the recipe

Some may say that cheesecake is food of the gods—those people include the ancient Greek Olympians, who feasted on a flour cake filled with cheese and honey after their pentathlon competitions. The ancient Greeks were already aware of the connections between physical aptitude and lifestyle …

Baking

The Czech Republic’s Bohemian Paradise: as magical as it sounds

Sitting in contemplative silence atop an enormous sandstone rock, I hear the first whoops in the distance. My initial reaction is to wonder who dares destroy this peace and tranquillity? Is it leftover warlords from Jez Butterworth’s new blockbuster TV drama Brittania? Scenes from the series (which …

European Travel

Don't know where to start? The essential novels of Ursula K Le Guin

From the fantasy of Earthsea to ambisexual planets, these masterpieces offer brilliant introductions to a dazzling writer who broke entirely new ground

guin

What a Little-Known Ursula K. Le Guin Essay Taught Me About Being a Woman

“Introducing Myself” changed my life at 16, and it’s only become more resonant in the decades sincePhoto by The Nerd PatrolI discovered Ursula K. Le …

20 Parenting Books You Should Actually Read

I believe that if you’re going to invest your time and money in reading a parenting book, it should leave you feeling better than you did before — …

Parenting

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The Pawpaw: The All-American Fruit the Country Forgot

Truly all-American foods are hard to find—hamburgers, hot dogs, and apple pie, for example, all have foreign origins. But that doesn’t mean native …

Dessert

Forest Gardening: Planting Small Shrubs and Soft Fruit

In my last blog about forest gardening, I described the lower canopy layer of smaller trees and suggested some well known fruits and nuts like …

Gardening

6 ways to decorate your home with Marrs Green

<b>It was voted the World's Favourite Colour and now everyone can't get enough of Marrs Green. The teal hue was revealed as the most loved colour by</b> …

Home Decorating

How to start a food forest

It's a low-maintenance way to grow fruit, vegetables and more.<p>Gardens and orchards may look orderly, but they don't stay that way naturally. That’s …

The Last Best Empty Place in America

At dawn the woodpeckers start in, hammering heads against tree trunks, and you wonder if there’s a better way for a bird to make a living. Oh, the avian migraines. Twilight lingers till nearly 11 p.m.; if there’s a decent moon, you can fish in the silver light of Montana’s longest days.<p>When the sun …

Keep your fruit trees small with summer pruning

Few things can be more frustrating than having a huge tree, loaded with fruit, and not being able to reach all of it. Pruning your trees in summer …

Natural Selection: A Year in the Garden by Dan Pearson

For gardeners in England, Dan Pearson is not just a hugely talented landscape and garden designer and plantsman, he’s also a much-loved gardening …

You can text SFMOMA and it will respond with art on demand

Here’s a cool trick for art fans. You can text San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art at 572-51 and it will respond with a piece of art from its collection.<p>Send Me SFMOMA lets you send a keyword and get back a piece of art that matches that word. You can send colors, subjects, moods and even …

Art

Charles Dowding’s No-Dig (And No Weed) Garden in Somerset

Why do people dig? I’m not at all sure after reading Charles Dowding’s book <i>Veg Journal</i>. His ideas–mounds of beds with no edging, paths of soil …

The botanists’ last stand: The daring work of saving the last samples of dying species

Steve Perlman doesn’t take Prozac, like some of the other rare-plant botanists he knows. Instead, he writes poetry.<p>Either way, you have to do something when a plant you’ve long known goes extinct. Let’s say for 20 years you’ve been observing a tree on a fern-covered crag thousands of feet above sea …

Botany

'The Essex Serpent' Spreads Its Wings

The best kind of nature writing celebrates not the placidly, distantly picturesque — mountaintops and sunsets — but the near, dank, and teeming. <i>The Essex Serpent,</i> Sarah Perry's gloriously alive historical novel, squirms with bugs, moss and marsh.<p>Liberated by the death of her brutal husband, Cora …

Books

Current Obsessions: Lessons from the Greenhouse

This week we’re noting sea finds as decor and a floating garden in New York. Here’s a look.<p>Weekend gardener or landscape pro? Enter our Considered …

You Can Build Your Own Add-On Greenhouse - DIY

<i>It's a snap to design and build your own add-on greenhouse from low-cost new and salvaged materials.</i><p>You Can Build Your Own Add-On Greenhouse<p>For …

Gardening

On a Georgia Island, a Lot of Good Food and Plenty of Nothing

<i>This week’s U.S. Islands special package celebrates the charming, often dreamy life to be found off American coasts and within its lakes. Below, Kim Severson writes about Cumberland Island, Ga., full of charm but not easy to get to. Padre Island, in Texas, offers soft sand and seclusion. The</i> …

Drip Irrigation: Emergency Repair Kit Essentials

If you’re reading this post you likely have a drip irrigation system, which means I am grateful that you’ve chosen to install a very smart and …

Wormistoune: A luxuriant, sheltered garden tucked away in Scotland

For sheer romance and, given its coastal location, a surprising amount of shelter, it would be hard to beat this luxuriantly planted and colourful …

How to Start Your Own Food Forest for Years of Free Produce

Food forests are an essential part of most permaculture designs, and even for spaces as small as the typical suburban lawn, there is the potential to …

Gardening

Underrated Mediterranean Destinations to Visit Right Now

Dive deeper into this remarkable region.<p>Rome and Barcelona certainly have their charms. But, the two cities are also perfect starting points to dive into the other cultures and communities along the Mediterranean Sea, where there’s so much to discover. For travelers ready to explore around the …

Juneberry, the blossom with benefits

As well as being easy to grow, these pretty trees offer delicious dark purple berries<p>The candyfloss clouds of spring blossom are one of the highlights of my gardening calendar, right up there with the first ripe tomato and the peak of strawberry season. But whether it’s billowing masses of Japanese …

Required Reading: The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom

Landscaper Jinny Blom’s long-awaited book is so beautiful that you will not want to rush it. As the title suggests, there is more to this than lovely …

Our ProMaster Camper Van Conversion

We bought a relatively small and efficient RAM ProMaster bare cargo van (a US version of the popular European Fiat Ducato) and we did a simple but …

RVs