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I immediately liked and enjoyed Anne Wareham’s provocative book, [amazon_link id=”0711231508″ target=”_blank” ]Bad Tempered Gardener[/amazon_link] I had a running internal dialogue for days (which is good…plenty of thinking/discussing/cursing the material in this book). But I found it hard to write a thoughtful in-depth review. Something about the book didn’t feel right to. So, I re-read it again, slowly.


Written on Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Even though I can buy strawberries all year round from the supermarket, store-bought strawberries can’t compare to the first strawberries from my own garden.


Written on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Plants & Soils

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Every once in a while I come across a gardening reference book that reads like a delicious novel, filled with fabulous conversational writing, sage advice, and enlivened wit leafy villains, thugs and heroes. What delightful book is this?

It is Jodi DeLong’s recently released book, [amazon_link id=”1551097982″ target=”_blank” ]Plants for Atlantic Gardens: Handsome and Hard-Working Shrubs, Trees and Perennials[/amazon_link], released by Nimbus Publishing! A fabulous collection of plant profiles….


Written on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Woke up Monday morning to -11 degree Celsius (12 degree Fahrenheit) with a wind chill of -20 degree Celsius (-4 degree Fahrenheit). With these cold temperatures it’s hard to believe that the official start of Spring is less than two weeks away and that anything will be growing by then.

But the cold and the lack of vibrant green growth got me thinking about last summer’s trip to the largest gypsum dune field in the world: Whites Sands National Monument Park in south-central New Mexico at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert. Here embedded in the pure white gypsum sands, numerous plants and animals survive, nay thrive, in this inhospitable environment.

 

 


Written on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Plants & Soils

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Snow, love or hate it, it’s a reality for gardens zone 6 and lower. I’m in zone 5, and gardeners are almost guaranteed snow every winter. And it is a good thing (to quote Martha Stewart). Here’s my take on it…

 


Written on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 in Building Soil, Plants & Soils

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Debra Lee Baldwin’s book, [amazon_link id=”088192959X” target=”_blank” ]Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants[/amazon_link], was named one of Amazon’s best ten books of 2010 in the Home and Garden category. After avidly reading the book, I understood why.


Written on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Sue Reed’s book, [amazon_link id=”0865716536″ target=”_blank” ]Energy Wise Landscape Design[/amazon_link], fills a much-needed gap in gardening: everything you ever wanted to know about building a sustainable/energy saving garden.

Energy-wise landscape design


Written on Thursday, December 9, 2010 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

It’s that time again…planting indoor amaryllis. Or should I be botanically hip and say Hippeastrum? Hippeastrums are nature’s own instant package, containing all the elements to grow and flower— you just need to add water.


Written on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in Plants & Soils

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Garden centres are a great place to visit this time of the year. Although the selection is poor, almost everything has a significant discount. Most fruit bushes and perennial vegetables are gone, but I did find asparagus!


Written on Monday, August 23, 2010 in Plants & Soils

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Farming in town — providing food for your family just steps away from the kitchen — has become a widespread social phenomenon. You know a movement has arrived when the Smithsonian magazine features urban farming in its 40th anniversary edition.


Written on Friday, July 2, 2010 in Plants & Soils

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Written by Cristina da Silva