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January 10, 2019

I'm going to continue Houseplant Month with a contrarian statement. Think about it: there's no such thing as a houseplant. No plant evolved to grow inside of a building, contained within a manufactured pot filled with manufactured "potting soil." Most of what we call "...

January 3, 2019

Happy Houseplant Month (yes, I totally made that up). Today, I will be sharing my personal collection of houseplants. In upcoming January posts, I will recommend houseplants for beginners, discuss how to water houseplants, and how to repot houseplants. 

Since I like to...

December 13, 2018

Even though it's been frosty all week, I'm still growing vegetables outside. That's the power of straw mulch and row cover. Just be sure not to harvest anything frozen or you risk your greens turning to mush when you bring them indoors.

It was 34F and the water was iced...

October 11, 2018

If you had taken your houseplants outside for the summer, now is the time to bring them back indoors. The forecast for the weekend has low temperatures just below 50F. While this brief dip may not be fatal to the tropical plants we enjoy as houseplants, they don't tole...

November 16, 2017

Admittedly, I've been pretty skeptical of the microgreens trend. Like "baby greens," the term itself lacks a scientific or legal definition. It's a marketing term. And how are microgreens different from sprouts, which are perhaps the riskiest food to eat due to th...

November 9, 2017

Living in Savannah, GA, my mother has a Meyer lemon tree growing in her front yard. Whenever I have been able to visit during the winter while the tree is heavy with fruit, she would pack a big box of lemons for me to take back to Washington, DC. And sometimes, when I...

April 27, 2017

The first houseplants I ever grew were carnivorous plants. After reading The Savage Garden from cover to cover, I ordered a tropical collection from California Carnivores. They arrived all wrapped in plastic to keep them wet during shipping and the six plants fit nicel...

March 16, 2017

Not all of us have access to outdoor space for gardening. Houseplants are a great way to grow your green thumb, beautify your home, and improve your indoor air quality. If you don't know where to start, head over to the US Botanic Gardens and check out You Can Grow It!...

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