Gardening

Designer Visit: A Garden Inspired by Japan, in Westchester County, New York

When Peter Blum and his wife, Rita, had a modern house built in Irvington, New York, they hired a landscape architect to turn the existing grounds into an informal meadow landscape. But they saved one large patch of construction dirt for a different designer—Marc Peter Keane, a specialist in …

Landscaping

Sponsored: The Casper Pillow: One Perfect Size Really Does Fit All

<i>This content was produced as advertising by Gardenista in collaboration with Casper.</i><p>New York–based sleep brand Casper built its business on the idea that a sleeper wanting softness and a sleeper wanting support could enjoy the same mattress. They proved the point with their award-winning Casper …

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Allotment artists find beauty in the cabbage patch

I love my allotment for many reasons. I’ve had it for over 10 years and I love it for the fresh air, beautiful produce and the intimate connection it gives me with the seasons. My mother, Cath Read, has a great love of allotments, too, but she is no gardener. She is a professional artist, and her …

Painting

Courgette crisis – Spanish farmers hope the worst is over

The cold snap has forced up some vegetable prices by more than double in the past week alone. Solace for some Murcia farmers – a tragedy for others<p>Manuel Martínez points to the distant, snow-dusted peaks that rise above the pines and palms and gives voice to a thought to chill the hearts and panic …

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Gardening 101: Siberian Squill

Siberian Squill, <i>Scilla siberica:</i> “The Survivor”<p>With its small, bell-shaped blue blossoms surrounded by gray-green leaves like tiny spears, Siberian squill is a woodland flower that thrives in cold climates and can endure long winters (it even thrives north of the Arctic circle).<p>Above: Photograph by …

Flowers

DIY: How to Make a Self Watering Planter from that Ugly Plastic Bottle

If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and to make the world a greener place, this DIY Self Watering Planter is perfect for you. A great …

By gum! The hidden scents in your garden

Leaves from gum trees, the Tasmanian pepper bush and the manuka tree can be used as herbs in your cooking – and may be just outside your back door<p>There is no beating the flavour of homegrown herbs. Yet include a couple of unusual, exotic choices in your plot alongside the parsley and thyme and you …

Herbs

Why January is the month for gardening books

Alys Fowler on what to read during January<p>It’s tempting to want to garden in January. The sun comes out, everything sparkles and you feel that pull. However, gardening now can be problematic.<p>If the weather has been wet, even walking back and forth over a bed can cause problems. Wet soil compacts …

Ask Alys Fowler: why hasn’t my potted myrtle flowered?

Our gardening expert has the answer<p><b>I was given a common myrtle bush in a pot about a year ago. It seems to be flourishing, but has not flowered. I put bubble wrap around its base last winter and kept it outside on the steps.</b> Myrtle (<i>Myrtus communis</i>), hails from hot Mediterranean hillsides and …

Flowers

Rotting radishes stinking up Pennsylvania town

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — A television station has found the reason one central Pennsylvania town stinks: a field of decaying radishes.<p>WNEP-TV (http://bit.ly/2jGF7LV ) began investigating after residents of in the town of Jersey Shore complained the odor was turning the place into Funkytown.<p>Some …

Jersey Shore

What Is the Easiest Way to Fertilize Onions? | Home Guides | SF Gate

Onions are heavy feeders with shallow root systems, so proper soil fertilization is essential to a high yield of top-quality onions. Proper soil fertility is especially important in areas where onions must make rapid growth before bulb formation is triggered by decreasing day lengths. Various …

Soil

These Plants Are the Ultimate Home Security System

We wouldn't dare cross one of these.<p>Plants have evolved all sorts of wickedly clever defense mechanisms, and the most primal — and effective — are thorns, prickles, and spines. Spiny plants can be a hassle when it comes to maintenance and pruning, but when it comes to your personal home security, …

Flowers

How to Landscape With Large Boulders | Home Guides | SF Gate

Large boulders create boundaries in the yard, and add height and texture to make flat yards more appealing. The main problem with importing boulders to a new location is integrating them with the surroundings so they appear native to the ground. A random large boulder looks out of place if you …

Landscaping

Dracaena Plants: Our Best Tips for Growing and Care

It's hard to go wrong with low-maintenance dracaena plants. Their spiky, tropical foliage comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and patterns, and …

Flowers

Growing Grass Into Portraits Gives New Meaning to Lawn Art

It’s something really special when unique things surface in the art world and artists are able to astonish with things that we generally wouldn’t …

Art

Here’s how to compost in an apartment, or without a yard

If any process can directly demonstrate the complex web of life and the mysterious cycles of death, decay and rebirth, it’s composting. Humans have …

Composting

Kekkila Garden Shed

Combining a garden shed and a greenhouse, the Kekkila Garden Shed offers a visually pleasing workspace for the at-home gardner. The prefabricated …

Design

This glass enclosed bedroom beside a lake also functions as a greenhouse

Photography by Arsi Ikäheimonen<p>Helsinki architect Ville Hara of Avanto Architects, together with Linda Bergroth, designed this modular garden shed …

Houses

Current Obsessions: The New Zen

Iconic art, nationally recognized gardens and a sleek self-watering planter: here’s a look at what we’ve had our eye on this week.<p>Above: Environmental artist Sam Van Aken has unveiled a <i>Tree of 40 Fruit</i>, his ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees, on the west coast at the Children’s Discovery …

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From Zera-to-compost in 24 hours flat

Composting your household organic waste is a highly-commendable thing to do, but compost heaps do have some limitations – they take a long time to …

Dean's Purple Pole Snap Bean

75 days. [Family heirloom from TN. Supplied to us courtesy seed savers Mark Schonbeck, Valerie Lyle, and Dean Turley. Dean received the beans as a gift from a student whose family brought it to Frost Bottom, TN, where they settled 150 years ago.] Plants form a gorgeous purple and green screen …

Gardening 101: Pole Beans

Pole Beans, <i>Phaseolus vulgaris:</i> “The Beanstalk”<p>Pole beans are simply a vining cultivar of edible beans. Both bush and pole beans have several options of beans and flowers to choose from—there’s yellow, purple, and green pods. Dozens of heirloom varieties provide an array of option for every climate …

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The evolution of a backyard food forest - the first three years

From a beautiful 23 year old food forest in New Zealand to a permaculture smallholding spanning five acres, we've featured an awful lot of properties …

Landscaping

Trending on Gardenista: Winter Color

This week on Gardenista: Add color to the dark winter months by cultivating bright-colored plants or flowers.<p>Above: We’re getting glimpses of spring with a visit to Electric Daisy Flower Farm in the Wiltshire countryside, where Fiona Haser Bizony makes flower crowns with seasonal blooms.<p>Above: In …

Flowers

Trending on Remodelista: Ikea Essentials and Budget Remodels

This week the Remodelista editors showed their frugal side. With Ikea hacks and tips for budget remodels, they figured out how to save money on kitchen rehabs, lighting fixtures, and peel-and-stick lookalike tile:<p>Above: Our Kitchen of the Week in Kalispell, Montana is “almost exclusively salvaged …

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Gardening 101: Mahonia

Mahonia, <i>Mahonia aquifolium:</i> Oregon Grape Holly<p>Even before the snowdrops and crocuses burst into welcome bloom here in Brooklyn there is another showier and even earlier harbinger of spring: the clusters of fragrant, bright yellow flowers of the evergreen shrub <i>Mahonia aquifolium</i>.<p>Above: Photograph by …

Flowers

NYC Flower Market: 5 Floral Arrangements for $200

Whenever we host an event for Remodelista or Gardenista, our editors are in charge of the decor—and it’s always a DIY affair. Why? First, because we’re picky. Second, because DIY floral arrangements give us a chance to flex our creative muscles, and finally, it’s definitely more economical.<p>Case in …

Flowers

How To Setup A Low Budget Grow Room?

For many, the cost of equipment is the main reason why they do not grow marijuana. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be expensive. The most basic setup …

Aquaculture

5 DIY Projects That Will Make Your Porch the Envy of the Neighborhood

We're jealous too.<p>There’s no place we’d rather be, anytime, than posted up on a front porch somewhere. After all, there’s nothing more Southern than …

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12 front gardens that will inspire you to change yours

Gardening is a pleasure for many nature-lovers, and has many therapeutic and aesthetic benefits both for oneself and for the garden. A nice and …

Landscaping