Covering Ground

Connecticut Seed Company Responds to GMO & GE Controversies

I visited the Charles Hart Seed Company booth at New England Grows, where staffer Sandy Marshall was happy to share packets of their latest offerings. She talked about the company's recent campaign to help the public (and the growing industry) distinguish between GMO (genetically modified organisms) and GE (genetically engineered).

Porous paving Drip, drip, drip goes the permeable paving

Permeable paving has been around for a few years and examples were many at the New England Grows conference I attended on February 6 & 7. (They were right alongside some other water-savvy innovations such as green roofing and living walls.) Permeable paving is simply a surface that lets water soak through rather than run off.

New England Wildflower Society Web Site Go Native, Go Botany

One of my current design projects is a lakeside garden of native shrubs and perennials. Several online resources have proved very helpful, but one of the best new resources to come along in the past year is Go Botany.


Dwarf sage herb in snow Stop & Smell the February

Who says you can't smell the herbs in February? This weekend, I used all of these--sage, savory, lavender, leeks--and they were all all highly aromatic at 22 degree F.

Winter Colors, Part 2

Four more colorful sights seen during a 30-minute walk on a February day. In February, the sun is higher in the sky and plants really do start to come back to life. But these particular plants have more to offer the winter viewer than most.


The Colors of Winter

Do you get hungry for bright colors in February? I do. In a 30-minute walk this week, I found three examples. The fourth example, winterberry, was showing its brilliant hues on a snowy day in January.

Book Review: "Dr. Mel's Connecticut Climate Book"

Dr. Mel Goldstein was a much-loved Connecticut weather reporter and meteorologist whose humorous touch and insightful forecasting endeared him to state audiences. He passed away in January 2012, a year after I read this book, his last. If he's watching us from up above in his beloved clouds, he's probably less surprised than most at the megastorms that have visited in the past few years.

Book Review: "Deerproofing Your Yard and Garden"

Author Rhonda Massingham Hart takes on a very emotional topic in this book.

Book Review: "Bringing Nature Home"

If you've got your ear to the ground in gardening and environmental circles, you've surely heard the rumblings that result from any discussion of native plants. What is a native plant, really? Why should we care? And what should be done about the undeniable fact that many, many invasive plants are taking up more and more space--and the ecological niches--of native plants worldwide?

Book Review: The Year-round Vegetable Gardener

Let's face it--for a northern gardener, the main attraction of a book on four-season growing is the discussion on winter.