MARGARET ROACH A WAY TO GARDEN

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A WAY TO GARDEN is the horticultural incarnation of Margaret Roach

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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 14, 2019 – Ken Druse on Fragrant Plants
00:25:29
What kind of scents that plants offer up please you…or don’t? How do you even describe what things in the garden smell like? I spoke with Ken Druse, author of the new book “The Scentual Garden,” about his fascination with... Read More ›
Oct 12, 2019
A Way to Garden with Mararet Roach – October 7, 2019 – Michael Piantedosi on Plant Conservation
00:25:09
Invasives and Conservation: Sometimes when weeding in my own garden, I get a sense of overwhelm, a feeling that the unwanted plants are winning. So, if a gardener can be daunted, imagine how a conservationist with an expert eye must... Read More ›
Oct 05, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 30, 2019 – Ken Druse Q&A-
00:25:13
A Q&A with Ken Druse: The mad dash is on to put up the last homegrown foods and prepare to overwinter tender plants. And this month, Ken Druse and I are answering your Urgent Garden Questions about those and other... Read More ›
Sep 27, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 23, 2019 – Tom Christopher on Wave Hill
00:26:02
We can look at great gardens as works of art being delighted purely by the visuals or we can dig a bit deeper as we tour these landscapes and look for clues on how to become great gardeners ourselves. Now... Read More ›
Sep 21, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 16, 2019 – Dan Furman on Unusual Fruit
00:25:55
Unusual Fruit: About 10 years ago, Dan Furman joined the nursery and mail-order operation his parents Kasha and David had started in 1989 in Connecticut to specialize in Chinese tree peonies, which are still a mainstay of the family business.... Read More ›
Sep 13, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 9, 2019 – Julie Zickefoose on Bluejays
00:25:48
Blue Jay Behavior: Like writer, artist and wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose, I am particularly fascinated and also often startled by the interface of birds and people. Her latest book, “Saving Jemima,” is the story of an orphaned blue jay and... Read More ›
Sep 06, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 2, 2019 – Ali Stafford on Corn, Tomato, and Zucchini Recipes
00:25:29
The backyard harvest is probably coming in fast and furious, and the farmstand and farmer’s market tables are loaded, too. So, what to do with all those gorgeous zucchini, tomatoes, and how to savor every kernel of the fleeting peak... Read More ›
Aug 30, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 26, 2019 – Marc Hachadourian on Orchids
00:25:48
Orchids: You can’t live without them, and you can’t keep them alive. I’m kidding, sort of, but who among us hasn’t wished we could do better with a gifted or adopted beauty that just won’t re-bloom, or generally looks less... Read More ›
Aug 25, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 19, 2019 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:24:53
Your recent questions ranged from favorite blue hydrangeas to junipers with browning needles, and even birds tapping incessantly on window glass and tackling the weed oxalis or wood sorrel. It’s Urgent Garden Question time, and Ken Druse is back to... Read More ›
Aug 16, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 12 2019 – Brad Herrick on Jumping Worm Update
00:24:50
Asian Jumping Worms: So-called crazy worms or Asian jumping worms, several invasive earthworm species that are spreading alarmingly in many areas and degrading soil and natural habitats, are probably the most common pest question I get from readers and listeners lately.... Read More ›
Aug 09, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 5, 2019 – Robert Gegear on Beecology
00:25:17
Native Bumblebees: Biologist Robert Gegear wants our help. He wants us to become Beecologists, as in, citizen scientists who help with the study of the ecology of bees. Our native bumblebees, specifically. He wants us to get to know them... Read More ›
Aug 02, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 29, 2019 – Ronna Welsh’s “Nimble Cook”
00:25:10
Nimble Cooking: Each season I ask my cookbook writer friend, Ali Stafford, what new books look exciting to her. And for spring she had one in particular she said I mustn’t miss, “The Nimble Cook” by Ronna Welsh. Ronna asks... Read More ›
Jul 27, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 22, 2019 – Elizabeth Lawson on Primroses
00:25:51
Primroses: What’s not to love about primroses? And I felt that way even before I read Elizabeth Lawson’s deep-dive social and cultural history of them in her new book, “Primrose,” part of a botanical series from London-based Reaktion Books. She... Read More ›
Jul 20, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 15, 2019 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:26:04
It’s Urgent Garden Question time again, which means Ken Druse visited my radio show and podcast to help provide the answers about topics ranging from good and bad materials for making garden paths, to issues with powdery mildew on various... Read More ›
Jul 13, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 8, 2019 – Kevin Espírito on Raised Beds
00:26:06
Raised Beds:  I built my old-style wooden raised beds for vegetables about 30 years ago, and they’ve served me well. Lately on social media, I love seeing younger-generation gardeners embracing raised beds, too, but using creative designs and even doing so... Read More ›
Jul 06, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 1, 2019 – Chris Smith on Okra
00:26:17
Okra: If you had told me I’d be reading an entire book about okra, and often laughing out loud delightedly in the process, I’d have said, “No way.” But here I’ve been lately, my nose in Chris Smith’s just-published, “The... Read More ›
Jun 28, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 24, 2019 – Lee Reich on Fertilizers
00:24:18
Fertilizers: What fertilizers should I feed my (fill-in-the-blank) plant? A lot of you ask that question, about things ranging from magnolias to tomatoes. Soil fertility, and how to best achieve it, is today’s topic, with long-time organic gardener and author... Read More ›
Jun 22, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 17, 2019 – Tom Seeley on Honey Bees
00:25:15
Honey Bee Hunting: Beekeeping is a “thing” in recent years, an increasingly a popular hobby, but our relationship with honey bees goes back much further to one we had as early human hunter-gatherers,  following wild bees in hope of finding... Read More ›
Jun 15, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 10, 2019 – Jeff Jabco on Peonies
00:25:34
Herbaceous Peonies: Among shrubs, the most common ones I hear people wondering aloud about are hydrangeas, hydrangeas, and more hydrangeas. But when it comes to questions about perennials, herbaceous peonies top the list. To help us learn more about these... Read More ›
Jun 07, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 3, 2019 – Uli Lorimer on Getting to Know Native Plants
00:25:49
Native Plants: I hear many times each week from readers or listeners wanting advice about native plants—about pollinator plants, for instance, or making a meadow, or which woodland wildflowers to plant and how to care for them. Uli Lorimer has... Read More ›
May 31, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 27, 2019 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:24:17
Garden Design Ideas: A note from a listener addressed to me and my Urgent Garden Question-answering sidekick Ken Druse asked our advice for planning a garden from the very beginning, while his home construction is under way. Well, when Ken... Read More ›
May 25, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 2, 2014 – Bumblebee Expert Leif Richardson
00:24:22
ICAN IDENTIFY A LOT OF PLANTS, and I’m pretty good with my local bird and frog species, but a landmark book has me putting down my trowel every time someone buzzes by and having a careful look at bees–especially bumblebees.... Read More ›
May 19, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 20, 2019 – Bill Logan on Trees
00:24:43
A book I read recently changed the way I think about pruning, and actually about trees in general in the most profound way: William Bryant Logan’s “Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees.” Logan is an arborist based in... Read More ›
May 17, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 13 2019 – Niki Jabbour on Succession Sowings
00:25:48
Succession sowing: Whew! You finally got everything into the ground, transplanting every little seedling and sowing every seed, and it’s time to sit back and pat yourself on the shoulder. Or is it? Sorry gardeners. Especially when it comes to... Read More ›
May 10, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 6, 2019 – Kenn Kaufman on Bird Migration
00:25:34
Kenn Kaufman: The spring migration is on, so bird migration was the subject of my recent conversation with Kenn Kaufman, author of the recent book, “A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration.” Kenn, originator of the... Read More ›
May 03, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 29, 2019 – Joe Lamp’l
00:25:31
Advice from Joe Lamp’l: “My how times have changed,” I write in the beginning of my new-old book, “A Way to Garden,” out April 30, 2019 in revamped form a shocking 21 years after its first edition. New plants, new... Read More ›
Apr 24, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 22, 2019 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:25:26
Margaret’s new book: The latest podcast is special, because it’s a special time for me, just days from the 21st anniversary version of my first award-winning book, “A Way to Garden,” comes out in an all new edition. My longtime... Read More ›
Apr 19, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 15, 2019 – Tim Wood on Great Shrubs
00:25:52
Great shrubs: So many shrubs, so little time. I’m kidding, sort of, but I think shrubs are a gardener’s best investment, and were the topic of conversation with long-time plant hunter and plant breeder Tim Wood, of wholesale Spring Meadow... Read More ›
Apr 13, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 8, 2019 – Rick Wright on Sparrows
00:26:09
I’ve watched birds for decades, but in one matter, the matter of sparrows, I mostly took the lazy route, simply marking down “sparrow” in my eBird checklist whenever I saw a streaky little brownish bird, not trying to figure out... Read More ›
Apr 05, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 1, 2019 – John Michelotti on Mushroom Growing
00:25:52
Mushroom growing: Have you ever grown mushrooms? Or perhaps they’ve just grown themselves in different parts of your garden at different moments of the season and you’ve wondered: why there, and why then? I know I do; I’m fascinated by... Read More ›
Mar 29, 2019
A Way to Garden – Feb 25, 2013 – Katherine Tracey on Succulent Pots and Wreaths
00:25:10
Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens and I talked about their nursery, and especially about working with succulent plants. I’m already dreaming about summertime containers, though the first flat of spring’s pansies won’t arrive in the local nurseries for a month.... Read More ›
Mar 27, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 25, 2019 – Jenny Elliott on Cutting Garden
00:26:19
Cutting garden 101: The expression “cutting garden” sounds dreamy, laden with the promise of colorful flowers to harvest and bring indoors for bouquets in the months to come. But let’s get practical: like which of the many possibilities to grow,... Read More ›
Mar 22, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 18, 2019 – Q & A with Ken Druse
00:25:48
Thanks to your bountiful supply of Urgent Garden Questions, my friend Ken Druse and I are being kept busy. In our latest Q&A edition of my podcast, we’ll tackle how to plant groundcovers under established trees, and the gentle care... Read More ›
Mar 15, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 11, 2019 – Karen Perkins on Epimediums
00:25:39
Epimediums: I will confess right off, I love epimediums, but apparently not as much as Karen Perkins, who boasts the largest selection of these choice perennial plants for sale in the United States. Though often thought of by gardeners as simply... Read More ›
Mar 09, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 4, 2019 – Louis Bauer on Wave Hill Signature Plants
00:25:31
Advice from Wave Hill: In my quest for a wider plant palette and for ideas on how to put plants together with confidence and a bolder hand, I asked Director of Horticulture Louis Bauer of Wave Hill, the renown garden... Read More ›
Mar 02, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 25, 2019 – Timothy Tilghman on Hot Annuals at Untermyer
00:24:49
Hot annuals: Maybe you’re looking for fun new annual flowers for this year’s garden, fresh ideas for adding seasonal color to pots and beds. Whenever I visit a public garden, I see gorgeous plants I don’t recognize and also ones... Read More ›
Feb 23, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 18, 2019 – Daniel Yoder on Root Crop Success
00:25:09
Growing Root Vegetables: Do you know what it takes to grow a perfect root vegetable? When I recently asked A Way To Garden’s readers and listeners what their most common seed-related issues were, one recurring theme came up that surprised... Read More ›
Feb 16, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 11, 2019 – Ken Druse on Seed How-To
00:25:02
More seed how-to’s: How’s that seed shopping going? On the radio show and podcast, Ken Druse and I covered more of your seed questions, from which seeds to sow indoors versus out; outsmarting animals who gobble up direct-sown seeds; to... Read More ›
Feb 08, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 4 2019 – Uprising Seeds on Inviting Pollinators
00:24:51
Pollinator plants: Native plantings are a giant part of the equation in supporting pollinators, but many other smaller efforts we can make with ornamental plants, and even the edibles we choose to grow, can add up, too. I was delighted... Read More ›
Feb 01, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 28 2019 – Sarah Kleeger on Gorgeous Grains with Adaptive Seeds
00:24:29
Gorgeous grains: I’m currently captivated by thoughts of gorgeous grains and grain-like annuals adding drama to my upcoming garden, and at the same time potentially feeding me and my beloved bird friends. Sarah Kleeger, of Adaptive Seeds in Oregon, has... Read More ›
Jan 25, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 21, 2019 – Seed Q & A with Ken Druse
00:25:15
How to start seeds indoors: What seed-starting growing medium and other indoor propagating gear is best, from flats or pots to heat mats and lights–and what’s worth growing from seed, anyhow? How can we water seedlings the best way and... Read More ›
Jan 19, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 14, 2019 – Tom Sterns on Lettuce
00:25:06
I don’t want my salad delivered in a plastic box or to pay a ransom price per pound either, meaning I want to produce homegrown as many months of the year as I can. Today’s topic is how to plant... Read More ›
Jan 12, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 7 2019 – Sonja Birthisel on Solarization
00:25:19
Soil Solarization vs. Weeds: An article about soil solarization for weed control, the practice of covering beds or fields with plastic to keep down unwanted plants, caught my attention last summer. It was published on the Cooperative Extensions online home... Read More ›
Jan 06, 2019
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 31, 2018 – Best of Beneficial Plants and Insects
00:24:14
Beneficial Insects Best-of: What are insects thinking–or if that sounds like I’m anthropomorphizing, what at least are insects desiring? The more we humans seek pollinator connections in our gardens, and strive to create a piece of habitat and not just... Read More ›
Dec 28, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 24, 2018 – Best Design Ideas of 2018
00:21:55
Best design ideas 2018: The garden might be mostly sleeping where I live, but it’s not out of mind by any means. I keep going back to a couple of conversations that I had on my public-radio program and podcast... Read More ›
Dec 21, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 17, 2018 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:24:27
Flowering Houseplants and More: What really perplexed or downright frustrated gardeners in 2018? I asked that recently on Facebook and elsewhere, harvesting the final crop of Urgent Garden Questions for the year, and Ken Druse helped answer them as we... Read More ›
Dec 14, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Monday December 10 – Leslie Halleck on Growing Under Lights
00:25:17
Indoor Plant Lights: My houseplants are sulking, whispering among themselves about “Why doesn’t that woman get us some more light in here?” And then before I know it, seed-starting season will begin with leeks and onions, but what’s the right... Read More ›
Dec 08, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Mon Dec 3 – Ali Stafford on 2018’s Top Cookbooks
00:26:00
Top 2018 cookbooks: Cookbook author and food blogger Alexandra Stafford of alexandracooks dot com and I have declared it so: The Twelve Days Of Cookbooks begins now, as in perfect gift picks for holiday giving. Last year around holiday gifting time, my... Read More ›
Nov 30, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 26 – Native Plant Conservation with Robert Naczi
00:24:41
Native plant conservation: When you’re talking plants and not people, how do you figure out who lives where? You can’t send census takers door to door to get a head count, but doing so is a critical step in devising... Read More ›
Nov 23, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 19, 2018 – Reduce Food Waste with the James Beard Foundation
00:24:27
  WASTE NOT COOKBOOK: Having been raised in the presence of a Depression-era grandmother who even went to college to study home economics, I have a built-in thing about food waste. So I was delighted to see a new cookbook... Read More ›
Nov 17, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 12 – Innumerable Insects with Michael Engel
00:25:13
Innumerable Insects: Before I saw it myself, a reader alerted me that she’d come upon a new book I shouldn’t miss, called “Innumerable Insects.”  “I’m just a nurse interested in the world, not a biologist.” said Teresa in her kind... Read More ›
Nov 09, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 5, 2018 – Vegetable Soup Ideas with Ali Stafford
00:24:30
Vegetable soup ideas: Strange but true, though I’ve been following a vegetarian diet for decades already, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I finally mastered a really good version of vegetable soup. Now I’m gradually extending my... Read More ›
Nov 02, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margret Roach – October 29, 2018 – Ken Druse Q & A
00:24:51
Q&A: Clivia, chestnuts, staking–Yes, it’s us again, me and Ken Druse, here to answer your latest crop of Urgent Garden Questions. We covered topics as diverse as using landscape fabric (or not!); viburnum leaf beetle; blooming and then overwintering Clivia; artistic... Read More ›
Oct 27, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 22, 2018 – Pumpkin Recipes from Lucinda Scala Quinn
00:24:32
Winter squash: I’m mad about winter squash—about pumpkins—and so is my former “Martha Stewart Living” colleague Lucinda Scala Quinn, who you may know as author of the “Mad Hungry” cookbooks, and a former host of the PBS series “Everyday Food,”... Read More ›
Oct 20, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margret Roach – Oct 15, 2018 – Kathryn Schneider on Better Birding
00:23:56
Better birding: For a lot of us gardeners, our connection to birds perhaps started with, or maybe even still centers on, putting up the bird feeder. Kathryn Schneider, wants to nurture us to move from bird watcher to birder, and... Read More ›
Oct 12, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 8, 2018 – Eliot Coleman on Organic Growing
00:23:16
Eliot Coleman: What are our vegetable garden “pests” trying to tell us, and how can we move past the mindset of it being all about us against them, and knee-jerk interventions with some so-called “remedy” every time they show up?... Read More ›
Oct 06, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 1, 2018 – Dahlias with Roger Davis of Longwood
00:24:40
Late in the season, when all else in the flower garden is losing its head, dahlias are coming on strong and having their moment–not just in backyards, but at competitions around the country. The 52nd annual American Dahlia Society national... Read More ›
Sep 29, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 24 – Ken Druse Garden Q & A
00:24:59
Wonder how to get ready for the mad stash—just how to prep and where to put away all those tender plants to hopefully make it to next year? Or maybe you wonder about what went wrong with your hydrangeas if... Read More ›
Sep 22, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 17 – Tovah Martin on Senses and Seasons
00:24:34
We’re at a cusp—the coming of fall—and that is not a time to lament, but rather to take in what the new season and the one beyond it have to offer, each to its own. So says Margaret, and so... Read More ›
Sep 16, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 10 – Broaden Your Plant Palette with Andy Brand
00:24:13
Zen masters call it beginner’s mind, the state of being free from preconceived views and willing to learn—a state they encourage us to cultivate, though it can be disconcerting. Sometimes we’re thrown into that not-knowing mind by a change in... Read More ›
Sep 07, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 3 – Grow Great Greens with Gayla Trail
00:24:57
  She doesn’t have greenhouses or even a giant garden, but Toronto-based Gayla Trail, a.k.a. You Grow Girl, has plenty of homegrown leafy greens to eat over a very long season—including some wild varieties I bet you’ve never tried. Last time... Read More ›
Sep 02, 2018
Garden questions with Ken Druse-A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach August 27, 2018
00:25:00
Who among us doesn’t have at least one Urgent Garden Question? This month on the public radio show and podcast, Ken Druse and I answered a diverse list of them: About fighting the parasitic vining plant called dodder. About why... Read More ›
Aug 25, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 17, 2016 – Herb Salts and Vinegars: Preserving Tips with Gayla Irail
00:24:18
THE HARVEST IS FINALLY ACCELERATING, which got me thinking about a tool that’s as critical to success right about now as my mower and spade: the perfect canning jar.  One morning this week, over a cup of tea on Skype... Read More ›
Aug 21, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Aug 20, 2018 – Ellen Blackstone of BirdNote on the Diets of Birds
00:24:28
I spent much of the summer transfixed by this year’s pair of phoebes who nested on the back porch as usual, and from a favorite low perch just across the way from there, launched themselves repeatedly into mid-air to catch... Read More ›
Aug 18, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 13, 2018 – Craig LeHoullier on Top Tomatoes
00:24:47
I’ve been relishing a harvest of diverse tomatoes, though I only planted two varieties in my own garden this year. My virtual harvest in all colors, shapes, and sizes has been courtesy of Craig LeHoullier on Instagram, and he and... Read More ›
Aug 10, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Aug 6 – Katherine Tracey on Late-Season Perennials
00:26:04
I had to talk myself off the ledge repeatedly through the last half of July and into early August. The trigger? A garden that looked pooped and a gardener that felt the same. With the right plants and tactical tricks,... Read More ›
Aug 04, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 30, 2018 – Ken Druse Q & A
00:26:23
From recommendations for unusual-shaped almost bonsai-like trees for the garden, to the subject of male conifer cones (yes, there are males and females!), invasive sweet autumn clematis, perfect paint colors for outdoor garden features, and even how to harvest, cure... Read More ›
Jul 28, 2018
Margaret Roach – A Way to Garden – July 23, 2018 – Dan Jaffe on Choosing Native Plants
00:25:23
WHAT MAKES a particular native plant a good choice for the home garden? And where can we look for clues into which natives will do best in our particular location and conditions?  Dan Jaffe is propagator and stock bed grower at... Read More ›
Jul 21, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 16, 2018 – Marietta O’Byrne on Underplanting
00:25:12
  When I talk about intermingling several plants to serve as a mixed groundcover, perhaps under trees and shrubs, I often refer to the idea as “making mosaics.” No surprise, therefore, that a new book called “A Tapestry Garden” caught... Read More ›
Jul 14, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 9 – Jane Hurwitz on Butterfly Gardening
00:25:50
Jane Hurwitz says that her mission is simply this: to get more of us to garden with butterflies in mind. I suspect that sounds like something you wouldn’t mind being nudged to do, or do more effectively. Jane Hurwitz is editor of... Read More ›
Jul 07, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 2 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:25:16
The latest crop of Urgent Garden Questions ranges from peonies that just didn’t bloom, to ants on peony buds and ants in flower pots, mosquitoes in water gardens, slugs in everything and more. Ken Druse and I teamed up to... Read More ›
Jul 01, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 25 – Ali Stafford on Cooking From the Garden
00:25:04
How do you grill vegetables to perfection? And what do I do with my garlic scapes, or the greens on all those radishes? And so many of the other extras of the garden, or perhaps from your weekly CSA share... Read More ›
Jun 23, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 18 – Christina King on Rose Rosette Disease
00:25:08
I don’t grow a lot of roses, just a few favorites, but birds plant the occasional multiflora rose seed here and there around the garden. One of the resulting seedlings looked really strange when I noticed while weeding in an... Read More ›
Jun 16, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 11 – Scott Freeman on Saving Tarboo Creek
00:25:10
Since I have lived full-time in a rural place the last decade, I find that probably not coincidentally, my reading list tends increasingly toward tales of the natural world. The new book “Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal... Read More ›
Jun 08, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 4 – Alana Chernila Vegetable Cookbook
00:25:12
The vegetable garden is starting to provide in earnest. But before we all dish out the same old side of steamed broccoli or green beans or kale every night from here to the first freeze, it’s time to get some... Read More ›
Jun 02, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 28 – Doug Tallamy on Nativars
00:24:44
‘m a gardener, someone who loves showy plants in artful arrangements. But in recent years, I’ve been looking less with a collector’s eye when shopping and more from the point of view of an insect. Yes, really. That means more... Read More ›
May 25, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 21 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:24:56
Anybody got an Urgent Garden Question? Apparently so, and because you keep asking them in comments on the website, in emails, and even on Facebook, and now at @awaytogarden, on Instagram, too. Friend and fellow garden writer Ken Druse keeps coming back... Read More ›
May 17, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 14 – Lynn Faust on Fireflies
00:25:12
Fireflies: They never fail to bring out that sense of first time wonder, the excitement of a child on a summer camping trip when the sky darkens and the flashing begins. But until a new field guide reached my desk,... Read More ›
May 12, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 30 – Butterfly Expert Jeffrey Glassberg
00:24:41
We speak of butterfly plants and of making butterfly gardens, but how well do we really know the diversity of butterfly species that might visit those offerings? Butterflies, and especially how to sharpen our ID skills and become keener butterfly-watchers,... Read More ›
May 06, 2018
A Way to Garden – May 20, 2013 – Hellebores and Shade Natives with Barry Glick
00:24:42
Barry Glick has been involved in the plant world since 1954, when at the young, impressionable age of 5, he witnessed Don Herbert (“Mr. Wizard” on TV) put a cutting of a plant in a glass of water only to... Read More ›
Apr 29, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 30 – Seabrooke Leckie on Moths
00:24:43
It was almost six year ago to the day that I had my moth epiphany thanks to Seabrooke Leckie, who in 2012 co-authored the “Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America,” and joined me on my radio program... Read More ›
Apr 28, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 23 – Lee Reich on Helpful Garden Science
00:23:18
I love the science  behind gardening, the stories that reveal what makes things tick in the natural world. A new book by Lee Reich called, “The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden,” is... Read More ›
Apr 20, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 16 – David Shetlar of Ohio State, Bug Doc
00:24:19
WHEN THE NEW SECOND EDITION of “Garden Insects of North America” arrived recently from Princeton University Press, I quickly went down a rabbit hole. Well, maybe it was down the burrow of a tiger beetle, or a ground-nesting wasp. But... Read More ›
Apr 14, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 9 – Ken Druse Q&A
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You know the routine: I ring up my longtime friend Ken Druse on Skype each month and then we tackle your Urgent Garden Questions. Thanks for submitting lots of good Urgent Garden Questions to me and Ken. You can always ask us... Read More ›
Apr 07, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 2 – Joe Lamp’l on DIY Cattle Panel Projects
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I’m not the most DIY type ever, but my friend Joe Lamp’l promises me that even I, armed with a $20 bolt cutter and some so-called livestock panels of wire fencing, can have a more orderly, better-looking, and better-functioning vegetable... Read More ›
Mar 31, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 25 – Tony Avent on Aroids
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If you’ve got elephant’s ears or calla lilies, some Jack-in-the-pulpits in your shade garden, or maybe a philodendron indoors on your windowsill, you’re well on your way to a collection of the plants called Aroids. I don’t know anyone with... Read More ›
Mar 19, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 19 – Brad Herrick on Invasive Worms
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I get a lot of questions about invasive species, and lately a week doesn’t go by without at least one asking what to do about so-called crazy worms or Asian jumping worms, which more and more of us are alarmed... Read More ›
Mar 16, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 12 – Linda Beutler on Clematis
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In their native habitats, Clematis don’t have that post holding up your mailbox to support them, or a piece of wooden trellis. In nature, they scramble and climb through other plants, which offers us a hint of just how versatile... Read More ›
Mar 10, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 4 – Judith Jones of Fancy Fronds Ferns
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“I don’t know how you tell these ferns apart,” people have been saying to for as long as she can remember. FYI, ferns do not all look alike, at least not once you’re clued in to how to look with a... Read More ›
Mar 03, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Feb 26 – George Coombs on Phlox
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Few gardeners would dispute the fact that garden Phlox is a worthy addition to the summer landscape, and nectar-seeking butterflies emphatically agree. But which varieties among the many offered at nurseries and catalogs do the best job of both adding... Read More ›
Feb 24, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Feb 19 – Q&A with Ken Druse
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If it thaws outside, should I clean up now, or what if I do and then the weather gets freezing cold again? What am I doing wrong with my African violets? How can I tackle lily leaf beetle, and can... Read More ›
Feb 16, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 19, 2014 – Bernd Heinrich on the Homing Instinct
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Acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year since boyhood to a beloved patch of western Maine woods. What is the biology in humans that explains this deep-in-the-bones pull toward a particular place, and how is it related... Read More ›
Feb 14, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Feb 12 – Garden Designer Susan Morrison
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I don’t have a small yard, but I nevertheless sat down with a new book called “The Less Is More Garden” by landscape designer Susan Morrison, and came away with numerous practical ideas for fine-tuning the design of my outdoor... Read More ›
Feb 09, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Feb 5 – Niki Jabbour on Spinach Alternatives
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Niki Jabbour‘s adventures with oddball, unexpected edibles began when she grew a 5-foot-long snake gourd intended as an element of Halloween decorations. And then almost accidentally she learned from her Lebanese mother-in-law that young fruits off the vine were also... Read More ›
Feb 02, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Ken Druse Q&A – January 29
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You know the routine: I ring up my longtime friend Ken Druse on Skype each month and then we tackle your Urgent Garden Questions—which this time range from growing pansies from seed, to trees in pots, to keeping garden journals... Read More ›
Jan 26, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Jan 22 – Don Tipping on Growing Brassicas
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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach: Don Tipping on Growing Brassicas The other day as I was plotting who I could ask for help outsmarting the coming season’s cabbage worms, and coaxing the Brussels sprouts to fatten up on... Read More ›
Jan 20, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Jan 15 – Joseph Tychonievich on Annual Flowers
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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach -Joseph Tychonievich on annual flowers Joseph Tychonievich, a garden writer and backyard plant breeder and passionate flower grower, has gone on a bit of a sunflower binge, declaring it his personal Year of... Read More ›
Jan 13, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 2, 2013 – Seed Series Kickoff with John Navazio
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Ever-grow an open-pollinated or heirloom variety from seed, only to have it not look or taste like the photo on the packet—or even like the “same” variety when you grew it before? Maybe not your fault. Seeds aren’t like widgets;... Read More ›
Jan 09, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 19 – Craig LeHoullier on the Best Tomatoes
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It’s time: time for the A Way to Garden annual winter seed series kickoff, when I virtually shop the catalogs with various expert friends and otherwise talk about seedy stuff, like what to grow and how to grow it, and... Read More ›
Jan 06, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Jan 1, 2018 – Ken Druse Q&A on Shade Gardening
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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach-Ken Druse Q&A on Shade Gardening To mark a year of monthly Q&A podcasts together, Ken Druse and I themed our latest conversation to a topic that many listeners ask about, in one way... Read More ›
Dec 29, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 25 – Robin Wall Kimmerer
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It was, for me, a serendipity that an acquaintance recommended the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer at this particular moment in time as one year closes and another opens. The book’s subtitle is, “Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the... Read More ›
Dec 26, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 25 – Robin Wall Kimmerer
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It was for me a serendipity that an acquaintance recommended the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer at this particular moment in time as one year closes and another opens. The book’s subtitle is, “Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the... Read More ›
Dec 26, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 18 – Joe Lamp’l on Garden Resolutions
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In the garden-to-come in the new year, I intend to do some things differently, or better, and I figure it can’t hurt to say them out loud, in case my resolutions are maybe on your list, too. My friend Joe... Read More ›
Dec 15, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 11 – Neeta Connally on Tick Research
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The Latest Backyard Tick Research with Dr. Neeta Connally It may be the so-called garden offseason in many zones of the United States, but I’m not sure anyone told the ticks that. Ticks, and how those of us who spend... Read More ›
Dec 09, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Dec 4 – Nat Wheelwright on “The Naturalist’s Notebook”
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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Nat Wheelwright on “The Naturalist’s Notebook” I suspect if you read this website and listen to my podcast, you are already something of a naturalist, that is, someone attuned to and enthusiastic... Read More ›
Dec 01, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Nov 27 – Joan Maloof on Forests
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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach: Joan Maloof on Forests I’ve been adventuring deep into the forest, with what feels like a fresh sensibility – a new set of eyes, I guess you could say. Thanks to the collaborative... Read More ›
Nov 24, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Nov 20 – Ali Stafford on Favorite Cookbooks
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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach: Ali Stafford on Favorite Cookbooks Sorry to spoil the surprise, but if you’re on my holiday shopping list, you’re getting a cookbook. Besides gardening, home cooking is one of the only things in... Read More ›
Nov 17, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Nov 13 – Ken Druse
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A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach-Ken Druse Though many of you may share my disbelief at the fact that it’s already well into November, that hasn’t slowed the pace of your Urgent Garden Questions on Facebook and in the... Read More ›
Nov 11, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 22 – Swarthmore’s Adam Glas on Organic Rose Care
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Organic rose care, with scott arboretum’s adam glas I CONFESS to a decided dearth of roses here in my northern garden, with only a few species types in residence, but Adam Glas is positively surrounded by them daily in his job... Read More ›
Nov 10, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Nov 6 – Murphy Westwood on Emerald Ash Borer
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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach: Murphy Westwood on Emerald Ash Borer All too many headlines in the science section lately speak of trees in trouble, of various forest pests and other pressures that are imperiling these precious living... Read More ›
Nov 04, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 29, 2013 – Unusual Backyard Fruit with Lee Reich
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A Way To Garden-April 29, 2013 Unusual Backyard Fruit with Lee Reich Apple trees— the fruit everyone thinks they want in their backyards—aren’t easy to grow East of the Rockies, as those who have tried probably noticed when they produced... Read More ›
Nov 04, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 30 – Ali Stafford on Ideas for Soup
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A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach-Ali Stafford on Ideas for Soup I don’t know about you, but I am thinking soup. Soup for lunch and for dinner, too, with the extra portions from each big homemade batch laid into... Read More ›
Oct 27, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 23 – Rhiannon Crain on Fall Cleanup
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A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach-A Saner Approach to Fall Cleanup, with The Habitat Network’s Rhiannon Crain When we say, “fall garden clean-up,” just how clean do we mean? A slightly tongue-in-cheek campaign called “The Pledge to Be a Lazy... Read More ›
Oct 20, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 16 – Noah Strycker on Birding Without Borders
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A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach October 16 -Noah Strycker on Birding Without Borders IN ONE VERY ACTION-PACKED YEAR of more than a hundred thousand miles of global travel, Noah Strycker saw 6,042 species of birds, which represents 58.3... Read More ›
Oct 13, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 9 – Jane Perrone on Crazy Houseplants
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A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach-Jane Perrone on crazy houseplants From 2008 to this summer, Jane Perrone was gardening editor for “The Guardian” newspaper in the U.K, where she lives with her husband, who is forced to compete for... Read More ›
Oct 06, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 2 – Q&A with Ken Druse (Overtime Edition): Overwintering Plants
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A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach-Ken Druse Overwintering Plants Q and A (Overtime Edition) The mad stash: overwintering tender plants, a Q&A with Ken Druse IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN, or almost. Startling as it may seem, the mad stash... Read More ›
Sep 29, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 22, 2013 – Hugelkultur How-To with Dave Whitinger
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hugelkultur, nature’s raised garden beds FOR 25 YEARS I have grown my vegetables in raised beds, but the kind that you need to purchase lumber and bolts and use a saw and hammer to construct, then fill entirely with soil... Read More ›
Sep 24, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 25 – Marta McDowell on Laura Ingalls Wilder Landscapes
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ASK MARTA MCDOWELL what she’s harvesting in her garden this fall, and here’s the kind of answer you might elicit: “I’m off to pick the overflow crop of ground cherries that I planted, because of a letter that Ma Ingalls... Read More ›
Sep 23, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 11, 2015 – Andy Brand on Best Native Plants
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WHY CELEBRATE NATIVE PLANTS? Nurseryman and naturalist Andy Brand offers many reasons, including this one: butterflies. As manager of Broken Arrow rare-plant nursery and founder of the Connecticut Butterfly Society, Andy has intimate insights into whether native species, in particular, really work—as... Read More ›
Sep 18, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach -April 14, 2014 – Thomas Rainer on Native-Inspired Landscaping
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Sep 17, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 23, 2014 – Doug Tallamy on the Living Landscape
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Sep 17, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 28, 2015 – Lisa Hilgenberg on Edible Landscaping
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 21, 2015 – John Marzluff on Crows
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 14, 2015 – Ginkgos with Yale’s Peter Crane
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 7, 2015 – Conifers with Longwood’s Ginny Levy
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 30, 2015 – Andy Moore on Pawpaws
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 23, 2015 – WHYY’s Mike McGrath
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 16, 2015 – Eric Lind on Migration and Bird Feeding
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 9, 2015 – Brent Heath on Daffodils
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 2, 2015 – Marisa McClellan on Fall Preserving
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 26, 2015 – Dr. John Marzluff on Suburban Birds
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 19, 2015 – Dr. Rick Ostfeld on Acorns
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 12, 2015 – Alana Chernila on Garlic and Lemons
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 5, 2015 – Erica Strauss on Lacto-Fermentation
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 28, 2015 – Jonathan Wright on Flower Bulbs
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 21, 2015 – Thomas Rainer on Native Design
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 14, 2015 – Eric Hsu on Hydrangeas
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 7, 2015 – Kevin McGowan on Bird Behavior
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 31, 2015 – Robert Kourik on Roots
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 24, 2015 – Joe Lampl on Backyard Beekeeping
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 17, 2015 – Bill Thomas of Chanticleer on Design
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 10, 2015 – Heather Holm on Attracting Pollinators
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 3, 2015 – Meg McGrath on Tomato Troubles
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 27, 2015 – Jeff Gillman on Weed and Pest Remedies
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 20, 2015 – Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo on Beans
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 13, 2015 – Ken Greene on the Fall Vegetable Garden
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 6, 2015 – Dr. Roland Kays on Animals in Your Garden
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 29, 2015 – Dr. Mary Gardiner on Good Bugs
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 22, 2015 – Dr. Susan Pell on Poison Ivy
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 15, 2015 – Erica Strauss on Food Preserving
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way To Garden with Margaret Roach – June 8, 2015 – James Lendemer on Lichens
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 1, 2015 – Lee Reich on Growing Figs
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 25, 2015 – Ken Druse on Shade Gardening
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 18, 2015 – Timothy Tilghman on Container Designs
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 11, 2015 – Andy Brand on Best Native Plants
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 4, 2015 – Tim Johnson of Seed-Saver’s Exchange
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden wih Margaret Roach – April 27, 2015 – Dr. Richard Ostfeld on Ticks
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 20, 2015 – Linda Chalker-Scott On How Plants Work
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 13 – Marilyn Barlow on Annual Vines
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Sep 16, 2017
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 6, 2015 – George Coombs on Best Heuchera
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Sep 16, 2017