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Want to save the planet? Think small.
A columnist signs off with a gentle plea for the microbes.
Slim pickings in this summer’s garden? You can do better next year. Here’s how.
(The Washington Post, September 14, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The stylish way to keep homegrown onions and garlic on hand
(The Washington Post, September 8, 2017; 7:00 AM)
This popular perennial flower can be turned into a tasty summer snack
(The Washington Post, August 31, 2017; 7:00 AM)
If your weeds are getting wild, first things first: Rescue your crops
(The Washington Post, August 24, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Summer’s bounty presents a perfect opportunity for antipasto
(The Washington Post, August 17, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Good gardening practices are the key to flavorful vegetables
(The Washington Post, August 10, 2017; 7:00 AM)
This herb tastes like tarragon and adds beauty to your back yard
(The Washington Post, August 3, 2017; 7:05 AM)
New artichoke variety puts purple on your plate faster
(The Washington Post, July 27, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Waiting too long to weed can turn a relaxing task into a trial
(The Washington Post, July 20, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Turn your summer harvest into a refreshing drink
(The Washington Post, July 13, 2017; 7:00 AM)
For a better compost pile, balance these two types of ingredients
(The Washington Post, July 7, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Get the most out of your small garden with these dual-role vegetables
(The Washington Post, June 29, 2017; 7:00 AM)
A growing economy: Balancing the books of your backyard investment
(The Washington Post, June 22, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Whether custards, cobblers or clafoutis, fruit desserts make a perfect finale
(The Washington Post, June 15, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Missed the boat on spring gardening? Relax and follow this guide.
(The Washington Post, June 8, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The wheel hoe comes full circle
(The Washington Post, June 1, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Vegetable preparation is relaxing, no matter how you slice it
(The Washington Post, May 25, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Elevate your gardening skills (and save space) with climbing crops
(The Washington Post, May 17, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Planting flowers among fruits and veggies is tempting but tricky
(The Washington Post, May 9, 2017; 7:00 AM)
New reasons to grow an old favorite, the carrot
(The Washington Post, May 4, 2017; 7:00 AM)
‘It’s like eating sunshine’: Going plum crazy for a Japanese tree’s juicy fruit
(The Washington Post, April 27, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Trellises and other supports that blend into the garden — and sometimes shine
(The Washington Post, April 18, 2017; 10:51 AM)
How to plan a better tomato crop this season
(The Washington Post, April 13, 2017; 7:00 AM)
For the gardener, weather woes have a silver lining
(The Washington Post, April 4, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The key to growing healthy plants: Stay off the soil
(The Washington Post, March 30, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The food industry isn’t going to ditch pesticides any time soon, but you can in your own garden
(The Washington Post, March 23, 2017; 7:00 AM)
If pulling weeds makes you want to pull your hair out, there’s a simple solution
(The Washington Post, March 16, 2017; 7:00 AM)
More vegetables, less work: Lessons from the mother of mulch
(The Washington Post, March 9, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Long before small plates became the restaurant rage, they were beloved by gardeners
(The Washington Post, March 2, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Vegetables for patio gardens are more abundant than ever
(The Washington Post, February 23, 2017; 7:00 AM)
You don’t need a large plot to grow a bounty of vegetables and herbs
(The Washington Post, February 16, 2017; 7:00 AM)
A more measured path to sweetness
(The Washington Post, February 9, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The gardener’s little helper
(The Washington Post, February 2, 2017; 7:00 AM)
In winter, coaxing the Belgian endive
(The Washington Post, January 26, 2017; 7:00 AM)
The enduring appeal of wood stoves
(The Washington Post, January 19, 2017; 7:00 AM)
One important winter chore for the gardener
(The Washington Post, January 12, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Resolve to grow a better rosemary plant. Your dinner guests will thank you.
(The Washington Post, January 5, 2017; 7:00 AM)
Forget flowers this year. Try decorating your holiday table with fruit.
(The Washington Post, December 22, 2016; 7:00 AM)
The many ways to bring fruits and vegetables into your daily meals
(The Washington Post, December 13, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Is it too soon to go to seed?
(The Washington Post, December 8, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Why compost is the lifeblood of the garden
(The Washington Post, December 1, 2016; 7:00 AM)
To stay productive in the winter, gardeners need to gear up
(The Washington Post, November 24, 2016; 7:00 AM)
You’ve still got time to pick the winter apple supply and dry some herbs
(The Washington Post, November 17, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Pasta with vegetables: A dish that’s nutritious and delicious no matter the season
(The Washington Post, November 10, 2016; 7:00 AM)
If your homemade jelly just isn’t jelling, apples might be the answer
(The Washington Post, November 3, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Precautions against an early freeze keep the garden alive
(The Washington Post, October 27, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Your trees could be getting birds tipsy
(The Washington Post, October 20, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Harvest time? There’s one last step.
(The Washington Post, October 13, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Why does blue food turn some people green? Probably because it’s so rare.
(The Washington Post, October 6, 2016; 7:00 AM)