Kathy Purdy

Make That Lingering Snow Earn Its Keep

– Posted in: Design, Front of the House, Hardscaping and Projects, How-to, New House, New Gardens

The snow is melting, but not fast enough to suit me. I've already taken pictures of where the snow melts first, so I know where to plant my spring-flowering bulbs this fall. In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, I realized this lingering snow was the perfect opportunity to outline a new garden [...]

How to Analyze An Area of Your Yard to Improve It: The Parking Pad Bed

– Posted in: Design, How-to, New House, New Gardens, Parking Pad Bed

In case you are just joining in: About two-and-a-half years ago our family moved from our long-time rural home to a different 19th-century farm house about twenty-five minutes from our previous one. I have been renovating the landscape around the house in a non-systematic frenzy and writing about it as time permits. (Previous posts are [...]

What You Don’t Know About Bugs Could Make Your Garden Better

– Posted in: Book reviews, Habitat gardening, Interviews, Native/Invasive, Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

Interview with Jessica Walliser, Author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden Jessica Walliser's new book,Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Controlrecently published by Timber Press, turns the gardener's view of insects upside down. Suddenly, they are no longer the enemy, but allies you encourage by the way that you [...]

A Garden of Marvels: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

I always thought my garden held marvels, but until I read A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants by Ruth Kassinger, I didn't realize just how marvelous it was. And if you told me I was going to find a book on the [...]

Why You Need to Get Outside During the Next Thaw

– Posted in: FAQ

Have you, like us, had more snow this winter than in the last twenty years?Perhaps, like us, you are getting a thaw? The temperature is well above freezing during the day, with intermittent rain? You need to get out! Take a walk through your garden--wear rubber boots and carry an umbrella if you must--but get [...]