Dreaming of Growing Your Produce? It’s Easier Than You Think.

Food definitely tastes better when it’s made with fresh ingredients, and if you don’t have a farmers market nearby (or even if you do!), why not try growing your own produce this year? A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of cultivating a vegeta…

Food definitely tastes better when it’s made with fresh ingredients, and if you don’t have a farmers market nearby (or even if you do!), why not try growing your own produce this year? A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of cultivating a vegetable garden—I know I was!—but with the right tools and intel, it’s easier than you might think.

Where there’s a will to grow a vegetable garden, there’s definitely a way, no matter how much space or experience you have. Sure, gardening often takes some trial and error, but the worst thing that can happen is your plants don’t make it, in which case you can simply try again next year! (I know, I know. It feels bad when plants die, but part of gardening is learning not to take it so personally.)

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Calling All Plant Parents: 6 Resolutions to Make for 2021

I don’t know about you, but this year, I found had no desire to make my “traditional” New Year’s resolutions—you know the ones I’m talking about: things like eating differently, exercising more, and so on. Instead, I decided it would be more beneficial…

I don’t know about you, but this year, I found had no desire to make my “traditional” New Year’s resolutions—you know the ones I’m talking about: things like eating differently, exercising more, and so on. Instead, I decided it would be more beneficial for my well-being to simply lean into things that make me truly happy, and one of my biggest sources of joy in 2020 was my ever-growing plant collection.

Houseplants and gardening have taken off in a big way in the past few years, and personally, I’ve amassed a small indoor jungle of greenery that always manages to put a smile on my face. To keep growing my hobby, I’ve set a few plant-related goals for the coming year, and I hope by putting them out in the world, I’ll be able to hold myself accountable for sticking with them.

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10 Flowers to Look Forward to Planting This Spring

Ah, springtime! The time to toss off that blanket you’ve been curled up in all winter, open the windows to let in fresh air, and best of all, start planning out your gardens (or window boxes or planters). Personally, my favorite part of spring is watch…

Ah, springtime! The time to toss off that blanket you’ve been curled up in all winter, open the windows to let in fresh air, and best of all, start planning out your gardens (or window boxes or planters). Personally, my favorite part of spring is watching all my plants come back to life, and if you’re ready to see your gardens bursting with new greenery, now’s the time to start thinking about what you want to plant for the growing season.

Some flowers, such as daffodils and tulips, need to be sown in the fall if they’re going to bloom in the spring, but even if you missed the boat on those, there are plenty of other beautiful blooms that can be planted in March, April, or May. If you’re planning for warmer months ahead, here are some of our favorites.

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Is This the Hardiest Indoor Plant Ever?

“I need a plant,” I said. To which Jarema Osofsky—aka, Dirt Queen NYC, aka, plant-problem-solver—nodded helpfully. “Well…it’s for this weird corner that’s wedged between a large crockery cupboard and a wall. It gets no light and no air—and oh, I’m know…

“I need a plant,” I said. To which Jarema Osofsky—aka, Dirt Queen NYC, aka, plant-problem-solver—nodded helpfully. “Well…it’s for this weird corner that’s wedged between a large crockery cupboard and a wall. It gets no light and no air—and oh, I’m known to forget to water my plants from time to time.”

I stopped, bracing myself for: “Get a plastic plant.” Instead, she said: “Get a snake plant.”

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Wait, Poinsettias Aren’t Just for Christmas?

Poinsettias are going to start popping up in stores soon, as these vibrant, leafy plants are a staple for the holiday season. Red and white poinsettias are especially popular around Christmas, but I’ve also pined after bright orange and pretty pink-hue…

Poinsettias are going to start popping up in stores soon, as these vibrant, leafy plants are a staple for the holiday season. Red and white poinsettias are especially popular around Christmas, but I’ve also pined after bright orange and pretty pink-hued ones, as well.

Speaking from personal experience, it’s so disappointing when you buy a gorgeous, lush poinsettia early in the holiday season, only for it to droop and wither before Christmas. These plants are actually native to Mexico, so they need fairly particular care to thrive—don’t fret, though. They’re really not hard to tend to once you know what to do.

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How to Bring Your Plants Indoors (& Keep Them Alive)

Autumn is our favorite time of year for many reasons: warm-from-the-oven pies, cozy evenings with drinking chocolate—and the yearly show put on by nature when her leafy green is overcome by an explosion of red, orange, and yellow. But not every plant o…

Autumn is our favorite time of year for many reasons: warm-from-the-oven pies, cozy evenings with drinking chocolate—and the yearly show put on by nature when her leafy green is overcome by an explosion of red, orange, and yellow. But not every plant out there is designed to go dormant during the colder months only to reemerge in the spring from frost-dusted lawns. Our outdoor potted plants—geraniums and other evergreen perennials, tender herbs like basil and parsley, and succulent gardens—need to be brought in from the cold if we’d like them to survive. 


Unfortunately, it’s not always that simple. Factors like indoor heating, icy drafts, and pesky pests can all play spoilsport. That’s why we spoke with two of the greenest thumbs around, the New York Botanical Garden’s director of glasshouse horticulture and senior curator of orchids, Marc Hachadourian, and director of brand marketing at The Sill, Erin Marino, so they could share their best tips with us.


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5 Indoor Plants You’ll Want to Bring Home, Stat

With all the extra time we’ve been spending at home this year, houseplants have had their fair share (well-deserved) of our attention. Plants like the oh-so lovely Fiddle Leaf Fig and our darling Monstera deliciosa have surged in popularity—local nurse…

With all the extra time we’ve been spending at home this year, houseplants have had their fair share (well-deserved) of our attention. Plants like the oh-so lovely Fiddle Leaf Fig and our darling Monstera deliciosa have surged in popularity—local nurseries can barely keep them in stock! (I know, because I’ve been looking for them myself.) But when any trend reaches its peak, people start looking for the next big thing, and we can’t help wondering, “What’s next?!”

So, we talked to a few of our favorite plant shops—Portland-based Pistils Nursery and Boston-located Niche Plant Shop—to find out what they—and their customers—are loving lately. A few plants in particular kept coming up, and you’re going to want to get your hands on these ASAP.

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7 Affordable, Doable Projects for an (Even) Better Backyard

Hunting down the perfect set of white outdoor pots was proving way more challenging than Amelia Ross expected. “We were walking around the garden section of our local hardware chain, and none of them were right,” she recalls. Some were too pricey, othe…

Hunting down the perfect set of white outdoor pots was proving way more challenging than Amelia Ross expected. “We were walking around the garden section of our local hardware chain, and none of them were right,” she recalls. Some were too pricey, others the right shape but wrong color, and so on. It was time to get creative.

Ross ended up picking out some exterior house paint, snapped up a few terracotta pots in varying sizes and voila. For half the cost of store-bought pots, Ross had created the perfect co-star for the fire pit she and her partner had built to make sheltering in place a little cozier.

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It’s Not Too Late to Start a Vegetable Garden—Blue Hill Shows Us How

You might have a scallion, shooting out of its bulb, sitting in your windowsill. Or a stalk of romaine, stretching up and away from its leafy base, waiting to be plucked. The coronavirus pandemic and widespread stay at home orders saw our ideas about k…

You might have a scallion, shooting out of its bulb, sitting in your windowsill. Or a stalk of romaine, stretching up and away from its leafy base, waiting to be plucked. The coronavirus pandemic and widespread stay at home orders saw our ideas about kitchens, and our practices of feeding ourselves take new shape, much of it couched in self-sufficiency. As we eke into the fifth month spent relatively homebound, the team at Blue Hill at Stone Barns is developing an even more comprehensive way to grow at home.

When COVID-19 hit, like many restaurants across the country, Blue Hill at Stone Barns was forced to let go of a majority of their employees. Located an hour north of New York City, the restaurant and the farmland upon which it sits were suddenly, uncharacteristically empty. Chef Dan Barber and Jack Algiere, the Stone Barns farm director, considered their now-jobless cooks, starting with a guiding inquiry: “What would it look like if out-of-work cooks around the world dug in and built a garden?” Thus, the The Kitchen Farming Project, was born: An online curriculum for first-time gardeners wanting to plant, harvest, and cook all their own food at home.

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The Indoor Plant We Have a Monster Crush On

The other day, while I was browsing the plant section of Home Depot, I came across a truly magnificent Monstera deliciosa, aka Swiss Cheese Plant. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this beautiful specimen was almost as tall as me—so big that I wasn’…

The other day, while I was browsing the plant section of Home Depot, I came across a truly magnificent Monstera deliciosa, aka Swiss Cheese Plant. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you this beautiful specimen was almost as tall as me—so big that I wasn’t sure if it would even fit in the back of my car, and it only cost $90. How often do you find a 5-foot Monstera for under $100?!

I hemmed and hawed and walked several laps around the store, trying to decide whether I should take the plant home with me. I ultimately walked away—slowly and looking back often—because I was by myself and didn’t know how I’d get it into my apartment without help. Naturally, I regretted it, and returned to the store with my boyfriend in tow a few days later, but the beautiful babies were gone. Now there’s a hole in my heart where a hole-y Swiss Cheese Plant should have been.

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