Echoes of the Garden

In the Garden

Genista in the Garden

Our Noble Interest this week is from a family surrounded by controversy and confusion. “Broom” is the common name. There is Common broom, French Broom, and Scotch Broom. There is Spanish Broom, Dyer’s Broom and Sweet Broom. The plant I… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

Hops in Leaps and Bounds

In his book Five Hundred Points Of Husbandrie, Thomas Tusser gives these instructions. March drie or wet, hop ground go set. Yoong rootes well drest proove ever * best. Grant hop great hill to growe at will. From hop long… Continue Reading…

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A Pungent Crop

The culinary onion – Allium cepa – has been in cultivation for at least 7000 years. We have no record of what its wild form was like. There are a few closely related onion species found in the wild today… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

Weeping Trees and Contented Kittens

Humanity’s association with the willow has been a long one and, for humanity at least, a profitable one. There is evidence of use of willow all the way back to Paleolithic times. It is only comparatively recently that we have… Continue Reading…

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The Acid Test

Vaccinium spp. are shrubs. Depending on the species they can grow anywhere from 1′ to 8′ tall. All of them require full sun and a well-drained soil with a P.H. of 4.5 to 5.5. Here’s some good basic growing information… Continue Reading…

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The Ragged Edge of the Garden

The Dianthus genus is made up of over three hundred species. The wild form of the species can be found in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Most sources say it was first documented by Theophrastus around 300 BCE but at… Continue Reading…

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A Delicate Spring Green

Lettuce Lactuca sativa The wild ancestors of lettuce were originally found in Asia Minor. We don’t know exactly when it was domesticated but the first recorded cultivation of it was in Egypt around 2500 BCE. It traveled to Rome around… Continue Reading…

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The Heart in the Garden

The Linden tree makes a beautiful addition to the garden if you have enough room for it. It can achieve heights of 50′ to 80′ with a horizontal spread of 35′ to 50′, although it frequently stays smaller. It generally… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

Growing Elderberries

A deciduous shrub native to both Europe and North America with an enthusiastic growing habit and a rangy appearance, elderberry has graced our gardens and tables since ancient days. Most varieties are hardy to Zone 4, with a few being… Continue Reading…

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Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)

Stinging nettle is a hardy perennial native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and western North America. It spreads by both seed and rhizomes, which means it’s fairly invasive given the opportunity. It prefers moist rich soil in partial shade, but… Continue Reading…


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