“People with preconceived notions of how a horticulturalist’s garden should be are shocked. Expecting straight lines, meticulously tended beds with neat rows of individual crops without a weed in sight, they usually frown in disdainful confusion, raise their eyebrows, look down their noses and, after I have tried — usually unsuccessfully — to explain what it is all about, leave in disgust to explain to their friends that “Zahrah Nasir’s garden is a hotchpotch.” They are right, of course!”—Gardening with chemicals: Name your poison - The Express Tribune
This article may be from San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean it’s not applicable to gardeners here in the Northeast. There are plenty of heirloom beans that we perfectly well suited to our zones 4, 5, and 6. So the next time you pickup a fancy bag of heirloom beans at the farmer’s market, set a few aside for your garden. They’re beautiful, nutritious (for you and your garden), and delicious!
Growing your own capers is probably a lofty goal for many gardeners in the Northeast (except for those lucky enough to have a heated greenhouse). But there’s an easy-to-grow alternative, perfectly suited to our weather, and available from any of your favorite local seed sources: nasturtiums. And as an added bonus, the entire plant is edible. Pickle the immature flower buds, and add the flowers and leaves to any salad. They’re spicy in just the right way, and go exceptionally well with beans.
This little opinion piece made us smile this morning. Are you the sort of gardener who can’t even water her plants without getting filthy? Then read this piece, it’ll make you feel like there’s a support club out there, just for you.
We’re always amazed by the breadth and creativity we find on Tumblr, and we’re always looking for better ways for you to showcase your talents and other interesting blogs. With the new Spotlight, we’ve set aside a special place to highlight a few of these blogs that truly inspire us.
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Inspired by our post of peony pictures on Plant Talk (wow, say that three times fast!), a few of our Twitter followers have sent in pictures of their own peonies. We love this!! Please keep them coming!
If you want, tweet them to us @nybg or use the "submit content" link up in the header up there, and send us your peony pix. Be sure to tell us where you are located. It’s fun to see what everyone is growing. And who doesn’t love a good peony?
Peonies being grown by Twitter user @LaKiaris in Bergamo, Italy.