The January Garden from the POV of A New Camera

The January Garden from the POV of A New Camera

How can it be January 5th already?  I’m unquestionably behind on everything… this is no way to start! I haven’t sorted out all the New Year’s-fresh-start-cleaning I had planned (rather embarrassingly, the fridge still has leftovers from Thanksgiving in it!), I am painfully behind on getting the Spring issue of PITH + VIGOR ready (I…

Thoughts for the New Year, and A 2016 Garden Design Trends Forecast (download)

Thoughts for the New Year, and A 2016 Garden Design Trends Forecast (download)

Hello readers.  I am both excited and nervous to share a project that I have been working on for the last month or so.  It is PITH + VIGOR’s first Garden Design Trends Forecast.  I really enjoyed pulling this together so I hope to make this an annual thing.   Directions for downloading a copy…

A Rake and A Pitchfork – Give Good Garden Tools II

A Rake and A Pitchfork – Give Good Garden Tools II

As promised, here are a couple more good garden tools (one rake, one pitchfork) that I not only love, but promise your favorite gardener will too. For years I have been guilty of buying the convenient and cheap tools that are easily found at the local big box hardware store.  Sometimes there are some gems…

Give Good Garden Tools

Give Good Garden Tools

Have your ever noticed how tasks done with the right tools can often go from tedious and tiresome to enjoyable and invigorating? I helped a friend put in some plants earlier this summer and all she had for the job was a weird half height shovel (actually knee height) whose handle was loose.  When I…

A Rememberance Garden At Sericourt

A Rememberance Garden At Sericourt

I spent most of yesterday sorting out a computer upgrade, a messed up router and hanging with my little people (who had a holiday from school), so I didn’t get to posting this garden that was (in my mind) so perfect for the day. So it goes, a day late and a dollar short…I share…

Japanese Black Soil and Hexagon Garden – Seeing The Beauty of Dirt

Japanese Black Soil and Hexagon Garden – Seeing The Beauty of Dirt

I was struck by this garden when I first saw it.  I thought, “that will be nice once it is all planted up”. But then I translated the description and realized that this is a completed garden and that this Japanese style garden is designed to highlight the beauty of black soil. The description goes…

Sowing A Waterwise Suburban Meadow: A Plant Study

Sowing A Waterwise Suburban Meadow: A Plant Study

In the Autumn 2015 Issue of PITH + VIGOR we followed designer Claire Kettelkamp of Kettelkamp and Kettelkamp around a garden that she and her husband designed in Evanston, Illinois.   What resulted from a brief  that required a no maintenance, no irrigation, no chemicals and no special tools required front garden is an inventive…

A Harvest of Agriculture and Art

A Harvest of Agriculture and Art

The hotels around here are all sold out, the apple orchard across the street has called an ‘all-hands’, every door is flanked by a big fat mum and the hillsides are about to light themselves into a rainbow of color – it is fall in New England.   But despite this notorious love of the…

Discover Regional Heirloom Apples

Discover Regional Heirloom Apples

We (my dad, my son, and I) picked all our apples this weekend…taste-testing as we went. I grow 6 varieties (two singular trees + a third with a 4-way graft)…and our favorite was tie between Cortland and Macintosh. This, however, is an Esopus Spitzenburg, which was apparently Thomas Jefferson’s favorite. It was grown by my…

Backyard Biology – Designing A Garden To Be A Kid’s Science Lab

Backyard Biology – Designing A Garden To Be A Kid’s Science Lab

As the editor of this newspaper, my job is mostly to bring ideas together, and as they flow in from around the garden world, I get to fill in the blanks to make stories come to life on the page –  which is how I found myself bribing my son to allow me to photograph him running…