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Buds, Sweat and Tears:
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That sound you hear? That’s our very loud sigh of relief as we wrap up edits on our very. First. Book.…

Garden Q&A: Mastering Microclimates in Alexandria, Virginia

When my brother Neal Benoit and his family moved into their first single-family home in 2009 just south of the Capitol Beltway in Alexandria, Virginia, he also stumbled into an interest in gardening.…

Nursery Cool: Meet Britain’s 10 Rising Stars of Horticulture!

When I come home from work feeling flu-ish, only a homemade yerba mate latte and YouTube (in bed, of course) will do.…

Pick Your Poinsettia: Inside the (Secretly) Diverse World of a Holiday Icon

Whenever one of our favorite “plant guys” sends us an email saying a crop is at its best and most abundant and that we should come see it, we drop what we’re doing and head for the action.…

Tea Time! We Serve Our Garden Homemade Liquid Kelp Fertilizer

You might remember a certain trip we took to the beach last spring, when we brought home a wagon brimming with several varieties of kelp.…

It Takes a Village to Repel a Pest: Crowdsourcing Our Aphid, Inchworm Invasion

Remember our darling, hangover-curing loquat tree?

About a month after we picked its last fruit of the season, our tree was attacked by a horde of green apple aphids.…

Postcard From L.A.: Exploring Outer Space (Inside the City!) at Ilan Dei Venice

“It’s unpredictable to be in a space that’s both indoor and outdoor in the same breath,” says furniture/accessories/interior designer Ilan Dei as he stands in the shop he founded last year in Venice, California.…

Butterfly Effect: The Case of the Missing Monarchs — and What You Can Do to Help

On Monday we were pretty jazzed about the birth of the future heir to the British throne, the son of Prince William and welly wearer/Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.…

Spirit Guide: Amanda ‘Kiss My Aster’ Thomsen on Her Gardening Book, Punk-Rock Plants, and the Biggest Mistake Made by Newbies

“Setting up your perennial garden may seem intimidating, but don’t be afraid…Occasionally I like to shake things up and put a grouping of the same tall plants someplace in the middle of things.…

A Little Kelp From My Friends: How to Make Seaweed Liquid Fertilizer

As relative newcomers to the garden party, we can be delinquent about (and yes, at times intimidated by) fertilizing. Maybe that’s why we’re so attached to our carnivores — because they self-fertilize, and in such a theatrical way?…