Unusual Vegetables for Small Gardens

Whether it’s their small sizes or strange colors, these four unusual vegetables for small gardens – and all gardens really – will make you smile. These four rare foods have performed well over the years in Seasonal Wisdom’s gardens.  So, if… [Continue Reading]

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Celebrate the Fire in Summer Feng Shui

Contributor: Seasonal Wisdom is delighted to provide this summer Feng Shui advice from NY-based consultant Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui.  You may remember her Feng Shui advice about fall, winter and spring already. Learn how you… [Continue Reading]

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George Washington: One of Our First Foodies (Plus a Recipe!)

Imagine traveling back to the earliest days of the United States, and having the chance to dine with the first president, George Washington, and his wife Martha at Mount Vernon, their plantation on the Potomac River. Ingredients for your meal would… [Continue Reading]

George Washington: One of Our First Foodies (Plus a Recipe!) George Washington: One of Our First Foodies (Plus a Recipe!)

Growing Poppies in The Garden

Poppies are easy to love. The flowers mix beautifully with roses, lavenders and other perennials, and provide a romantic, carefree look to any garden. Best of all, poppies are easy to grow from seeds, and many of them reseed to provide beauty year after… [Continue Reading]

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At Home With P. Allen Smith

My mother used to say that when she died, she imagined heaven would look like Charlottesville, Virginia. She really meant Monticello, the famous country estate that belonged to Thomas Jefferson, with its Neoclassic architecture, orderly kitchen gardens… [Continue Reading]

At Home With P. Allen Smith At Home With P. Allen Smith

Plants with Benefits

February 11, 2014
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Seasonal Wisdom is raising a glass to herbs, fruits, flowers and veggies that are ideal for love and romance. To get the scoop on this titillating topic, we climbed under the sheets with a copy of Plants with Benefits. This new book provides a tasteful guide to aphrodisiac plants, including the appropriately named […]

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The Beauty of Snow in Images and Quotes

January 28, 2014
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“Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns,” writes Jean Webster in the 1912 novel Daddy Long-Legs. In honor of this extra-snowy winter—when even the South is seeing plenty of white stuff—Seasonal Wisdom dedicates […]

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Full Moon Names of the Year

January 15, 2014
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Over the centuries, cultures around the world have given specific full moon names for each month.  These full moon names tell us much about the way these early cultures set schedules for hunting, planting and harvesting. They also explain how plants, animals and weather patterns typically behave during a particular month.  Photo courtesy FrenchFinds.co.uk/Flickr. In […]

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The Firewood Poem

January 8, 2014
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When burning a proper fire, the types of woods you use matter a great deal. Which firewoods burn best? The Firewood Poem by Lady Celia Congreve gives helpful advice on this topic. This poem was believed to be first published in the Times on March 2, 1930, but it mentions old folklore and shares knowledge that dates […]

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Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2013

From our house to yours, our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season — and a great start in 2014.  As the old weather proverb advises, “If Christmas day be bright and clear, they’ll be two winters in the year.” Stay warm and cozy wherever you are. For more holiday folklore, history, vintage cards and […]

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The Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook

December 16, 2013
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Even in winter you can eat delicious garden-fresh foods, such as this Bacon, Kale and Butternut Pasta that is just about to go in the oven. It’s from the Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook, and this seasonal recipe is as delicious as it looks. Photo copyright Mary Beth Shaddix. In this post, the author Mary Beth […]

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An Edible Seasonal Tablescape

December 10, 2013
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This edible seasonal tablescape was specially created by Nell Foster of Joy Us garden. The talented book author and professional decorator agreed to share her secrets with Seasonal Wisdom readers, so you can create this beautiful table decoration yourself this holiday season. On this project, Nell brings along the professional decorating skills she garnered while […]

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A Talk with Margaret Roach about The Backyard Parables

November 13, 2013
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If there’s one thing Margaret Roach can say with conviction, it is that “my garden saved me.” The former editorial director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia left at the pinnacle of her career to move to upstate New York. Now she’s head gardener at her highly acclaimed garden blog A Way to Garden, and hosts popular […]

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Happy Vintage Halloween

October 30, 2013
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To all the Seasonal Wisdom readers out there … Happy Vintage Halloween! This autumnal holiday is one of our favorites, particularly all the strange and wonderful Halloween superstitions, folklore and strange facts. Come join us as we look back at this popular holiday, whose history is stranger than fiction. All these vintage Halloween cards are […]

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Unusual Pumpkins, Winter Squashes, Gourds

October 17, 2013
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Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, and a big reason is the abundance of unusual pumpkins, winter squashes and gourds available right around now. Just look at these heirloom pumpkins I spotted at my local market. The wild colors, shapes and sizes are inspiring, aren’t they? In this Seasonal Wisdom post, you’ll […]

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