Gardening

5 Techniques For Preserving Homegrown Herbs

Homegrown herbs are a terrific way to punch up the flavors you create in your kitchen. Whether basil, oregano, chives or cilantro, homegrown herbs …

Herbs

Gardening 101: Abutilons

Flowering Maple, <i>Abutilon: “</i>Paper Bells”<p>I am serious when I say that I adore abutilon flowers, for the way they start as closed parasols and then …

Flowers

Your Jaw Will Drop When You See This Bride's "Veil"

Marz Lovejoy married Simon Rasmussen, the editor in chief of <b>Office</b> magazine, in an intimate wedding in Brooklyn. The elegant affair took place at the …

Weddings

Rx for Old Apple Trees - Organic Gardening

Even an old, neglected tree can be restored to health.<p>PHOTO: CHRISTIAN JUNG<p>When I first wandered into the woods of my homestead, I was surprised to …

Organic Gardening

Warmer Fall Months Leading To Increase In Stink Bug Population

<b>BALTIMORE (WJZ) —</b> Scientists are reporting a record number of stink bugs in the U.S.<b>Tracey Leong</b> explains what this means now that the seasons are …

University of Maryland

15 garden fences your neighbors will be desperate to copy!

When it comes to choosing the perfect fences for garden areas there are so many things to take into account, not least which styles will make your …

Home Decorating

Zest for life: citrus plants to grow at home

Whether you’re after a lemon-scented houseplant or a key-lime plant with which to make pies, there’s are plenty of citrus varieties you can grow in the UK<p>Yes, it’s that time of year again. Citrus season is almost upon us. The arrival of the first blood oranges and bergamots is something I look …

Key Lime Pie

The Best Japanese Gardens, Temples and Shrines

You could easily spend your entire time in Japan roaming between gardens, temples, and shrines—and it would be time well spent. Meander through …

Japan

How to Take Care of a Miniature Lemon Tree | Home Guides | SF Gate

Miniature lemon trees (Citrus limon) are evergreen tropical fruit trees, which stay small when grown in containers. The small varieties of lemon trees include dwarf trees like “Dwarf Lisbon” lemon, which grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 10. Many miniature …

Plants

British apple boom brings back hundreds of forgotten varieties

As events across the UK celebrate Apple Day this weekend, we talk to the growers preserving the country’s ‘lost’ harvest<p>Britain is enjoying a remarkable apple boom, as hundreds of new community orchards revive lost varieties and contribute to a thriving heritage market.<p>According to Steve Oram, who …

Agriculture

The Best Time of Year to Split and Transplant Ornamental Grass | Home Guides | SF Gate

Deciduous, evergreen and semi-evergreen ornamental grasses come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, making them an ideal plant to add to your landscape. These grasses are low-maintenance and can be divided to make more plants. Propagating by clump division is an easy process, but you need to …

Landscaping

Botanical Gardens fired me for calling out blatant racism

Racism has taken root at the New York Botanical Gardens, where minority public-school students were allegedly kept out of a special art exhibit while …

New York City

Alan Titchmarsh: How to get your kids (or grandchildren) into gardening

Gardener, broadcaster and writer Alan Titchmarsh often gets asked about whether he has passed his green fingers on down the generations. Here's his …

Kids

Happiness: Minding the Garden of Your Mind

<i>“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” ~ Anonymous</i><p>What’s the condition of your mind and heart these days?<p>Perhaps it’s crowded with worries, anxieties and stress, all part of your daily routine.<p>On a broader scale, maybe you’re confronted …

Happiness

How to give your clothes a natural colour makeover using your kitchen scraps

Like so many before her, as a young fine art student Abigail Booth travelled to Italy. There, in the land of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, she was instructed to pretend that she had never seen before and was seeing the world for the first time, and colour too.<p>“I never painted again,” says ­Abigail. At …

Can a Neighbor Keep Flowerpots on a Fire Escape?

<b>Q.</b> <i>I live in a co-op in Morningside Heights. My upstairs neighbors keep plants on their window ledges and fire escape. When they water them, the runoff streams down my windows and into my apartment if the windows are open. I politely asked them to water the plants inside, telling them that the</i> …

Real Estate

Best photos of the day: Berlin protesters and Halloween dogs

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including elections in Japan, an anti-racism protest in Berlin and Halloween festivities in New York

Photography

The Grumpy Gardener’s Field Guide To Ticks

Did you know that vampires are real? No, not coffin-sleeping, garlic-fearing Dracula vampires, but there are creatures out there that "vant to suck …

Country Lifestyle

How Smart Is Your Irrigation System?

An automated irrigation system may be more efficient than watering by hand, but it doesn’t ensure that you’re providing the amount of water your …

Automation

Buddhist Vestment (Kesa) Made from a Noh Costume (Karaori) with Autumn Grasses and Butterflies | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

Buddhist vestments were often made from donated garments or textiles. Perhaps ironically, this kesa, once used by an old monk, was probably fashioned …

Japan

14 Hardy Houseplants That Will Survive the Winter

1 of 14<p>In a Low-Light Room: ZZ Plant<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 14<p>In a Low-Light Room: Maidenhair Fern<p>3 of 14<p>In a Low-Light Room: Chinese Evergreen, or …

Plants

Which leafy green is the healthiest?

Variety is the spice of life—especially when it comes to the vegetable crisper. That’s because “lumping all leafy greens together in terms of taste …

Lifestyle

Identify 50 Common North American Trees

You most probably have a broadleaf or deciduous tree that is either an elm, willow, beech, cherry or birch.<p>01<p>of 06<p>Willow<p>Does your tree have a leaf …

October garden tip: If you only have one hour to spare you should do this...

Help birds through colder weather this autumn/winter.<p>.<b>..this is the ideal time to set up a feeding station for the birds.</b><p>Encourage them to visit your …

Birds

Peonies: more, better and bigger flowers for colour in early summer

October is the ideal time to plant bare-root peonies and divide and move any established plants. Ignore old wives’ tales that peonies should not be moved – by August these early summer flowerers are entering dormancy so barely notice disturbance in autumn.<p>Peony lovers currently have a unique …

Flowers

Creative Ways to Add Plants to Even a Tiny Kitchen

Nothing adds life (literally and aesthetically) to a space quite like plants. And in a kitchen, plants can serve a double purpose, because if you …

Home

Grow Flowers in Heavy Clay Soil

When you see standing water in your garden in the spring, but the same area transforms into a web of cracks in the summer, you have clay soil. There …

5 houseplants that will help you beat the winter blues

Invite houseplants into your home this season<p>The days are getting colder and darker, and the short bursts of summer we enjoyed seems like a long, …

Plants

Plants are monsters

Cat Whitney's thread of her favorite spooky plants includes some of the plant kingdom's most horrifying denizens: Aristolochia Salvadorensis..."looks …

Cory Doctorow

Florence Court Victorian kitchen garden revived

<b>You may not have heard of cardoon, but more than a century ago, it regularly graced Victorian dining tables.</b><p>Now, it graces the kitchen garden at Florence Court, as part of a project to return the space to its early 20th Century glory.<p>"Three years ago, this garden was a two-acre field," said David …

Kitchen Gardens