Creating a garden mosaic: Could it be knitting for gardeners and a perfect winter gardening activity?
Garden Crafts / Winter Gardening

Creating a garden mosaic: Could it be knitting for gardeners and a perfect winter gardening activity?

The art and craft of mosaic seems to have suffered an identity crisis as of late — maybe a few too many uninspired stepping stones have popped up here and there and it’s been done to death — but I would like to encourage you to consider creating one for your garden. Mosaic is like … Continue reading

crafting / garden ornaments / Winter Gardening

Garden clubs ignite the gardening spirit, soothe the tired winter soul

I had the pleasure of speaking at two garden club meetings this week at opposite ends of the city — the Hennepin County Horticultural Society and the Dakota Gardeners. They were both lively, spirited groups with gardening enthusiasm for days! I spoke of the winter gardening turning point in my head; that moment when you … Continue reading

Terrariums Take 2: Terrific plants make the terrarium
Garden Crafts / Houseplants / Winter Gardening

Terrariums Take 2: Terrific plants make the terrarium

Check out part 1 on making your own terrarium. Read my article at Northern Gardener (it’s the sample article this month). Consider a membership or subscription while you are there. Planting the garden. When selecting your terrarium’s plants, use the same design principles you use in your outdoor garden. Look for a contrast of textures, sizes, … Continue reading

Create a terrarium for yourself or a friend this season. It’s a fun, easy D-I-Y project.
Houseplants / Winter Gardening

Create a terrarium for yourself or a friend this season. It’s a fun, easy D-I-Y project.

Last summer, I wrote and photographed an article on making a terrarium, for Northern Gardener magazine. You can read the entire piece online, it’s the sample article on the homepage, from the Nov/Dec issue currently on newsstands. I’ve learned a few things since putting the piece together–most of all, that I LOVE terrariums. I built several … Continue reading

gardening / General Garden Musings / northern gardening / seed catalogs / Uncategorized / Winter Gardening

The off-season gardening turning point

Every year I experience the phenomenon of the gardening turning point. It is that moment when I no longer love Jack Frost for bringing the season to an end (my knees were achy, my tomatoes full of blight) and I begin to get jazzed about what next season will bring. I believe the turning point … Continue reading