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jump into spring with easy garden tasks.
20 March 2017| Snippets Cutting Garden

I have a big garden so I am frequently overwhelmed by it.  But I reminded myself recently just how much can be done in tiny spurts of time. (I re-seeded my front lawn in the time it took my kindergartener to get his shoes on and get in the car to go to school).  It had me thinking….what other garden chores can I do in mere minutes. Here are 5 more ideas (besides re-seeding and over-seeding grassy areas) that you can do very quickly. 1) Clean out a container, a...

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Pretty Porch Ideas from Ile d'Orleans in Quebec, Canada
12 March 2017| Garden Travel, Gardens

While traveling around the Ile d’Orleans, across the St Lawerence River from Quebec City in Canada, I had a couple of “whoa, stop the car!” moments.  The island, which is basically the breadbasket of Quebec City is filled with farm stands, pretty vistas across the river that surrounds it, wildlife, and cute quaint cottages and homes. Some of these places have charming gardens that I took lots of inspiration from.  This one was all about the porch and I think we can all agree it is adorable. When I see...

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winter garden light
01 March 2017| Lighting

Do you feel the grip of winter loosing its hold?  I live in New England so I am not going to let myself start thinking (here at the beginning of March) that at least one more good snow isn’t still pending. But nonetheless, it is starting to feel like spring. And the best part of this spring is that this past winter just didn’t feel too bad.  We’ve had cold and snow, but as we round the bend and slide into mud season, at least we aren’t all seriously talking...

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California Poppy ‘Rosa Romantica’, Ageratum ‘Red Sea’, Cosmos ‘Rose Bonbon’, Poppy ‘Falling in Love’ all from Select Seeds
13 February 2017| Plants

Spring is near, why not plant some Valentines seeds?   I am increasingly becoming a seed growing convert.  No, I am not rigging up crazy light contraptions in my home (in the absence of the dreamy greenhouse). But, to get great plants for less money, I am experimenting with direct to the ground plantings.   My success rate is splotchy, but when I only lose about $2.50 for a pack of seeds, I don’t feel nearly as bad as I do when I kill something that cost me twice as much. California...

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renting goats - ruminant goat clearing services have grown
31 December 2016| Bees + Bugs + Wildlife, Trends

Renting goats for land clearing is a wonderful idea (if you ask me).  It is all at once pastoral, economical, and green.  Neighbors love to watch goats wander a vacant lot and make short work of removing invasive plants.   A quick check at goatfinder.com’s rent-a-goat section  (yes that exists) lists herds for rent in 18 states. At roughly a third of the cost of using people and machinery, they are fast becoming a viable option for clearing empty lots and land filled with inhospitable plants– particularly on steep slopes and...

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downey rattlesnake native orchid origami pattern
21 December 2016| Art

Time is short, but I’ve found a beautiful holiday table top decoration idea for you. The North American Orchid Center  has been uploading a new origami orchid pattern daily for the 25 days of Christmas.  There are all sorts of orchids from all around the country (all are native to North America) that you can download and easily print, cutout and fold. I have to admit, I didn’t even realize that there are so many native orchids and I am fascinated to learn about each of them. I am particularly drawn...

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Jardin vertical de Patrick Blanc à la Défense image by Romuald Le Peru

I knew of Patrick Blanc‘s work long before I knew of him.  The first time I experienced one of his gardens was sometime in 2007 when I happened to walk around the side of the BHV Homme in Paris. I was dumbstruck at seeing a wall of plants on the side of the building.  I’d never seen such a thing and I was pretty sure if they were even real. Except they were. I have happened across a few of his other installations during various travels.  Every time, I am stopped in...

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Elegant varieties of Baptisia. 'Pink Truffles', 'Vanilla Cream', and 'Dutch Chocolate'
19 December 2016| Plants

Years ago, when the Perennial Plant Association named Baptisia australis their plant of the year for 2010, I promptly bought five and planted them in my garden.  They were new-to-me at the time and they were lauded for being low maintenance and long lived. Perfect. Then, the next spring, I accidentally weeded out every single one of them. It is hard to recover from gardening disasters like that.  I didn’t even realize my mistake until months later when I wondered where my ‘new’ plants were. The sting of lost money, the holes that should have been filled. And...

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Are you hitting the road for the holidays? I am not – but I love a good epic holiday road trip. This time of year, I can’t help but think about some of the intense winter driving journeys that my family has made between Denver, CO and my mother’s family ranch in Lewistown, MT. I remember being snowed in, snowed out, horrible roads, white out blizzards, chain laws and times when I wondered if we were actually going to make it over the river and through the woods. Oh and...

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Light Box Flower Photography by Ngoc Minh No
12 December 2016| Art

This time of year there are lots of packages arriving by mail. When a package arrives, everyone is either trying to squirrel it away before being seen or they are trying to catch a glimpse of what someone else is hiding. We are ridiculous about this. A couple days ago a box arrived when I was home alone. It wasn’t addressed to me, and I swear I wasn’t purposefully snooping. I swear.  But it wasn’t double boxed and it was obviously a light box (Big label on the side gave it away).  I know it is...

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Rochelle GreayerFounder/ Editor

Rochelle Greayer runs PITH + VIGOR, an adaptive publishing project that encourages a greater connection with nature and the environment through gardening, art, design, regional food and meaningful travel. This online platform is a showcase of thoughts and ideas as well as a springboard for creative collaborations, events and classes, and a magazine. In the fall of 2014, the print version of PITH +VIGOR, was launched with a successful crowdfunding campaign. Issue 6 is currently in production. Greayer’s “Cultivating Garden Style” was published by Timber Press in the Autumn of 2014.