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valerie Easton

Hi Alice,
I love the Log House planting chart, have it up on my wall and refer to it often (it's also easy to find the chart at www.loghouseplants.com) ....thanks for the reminder about how useful it is.....and for all your fabulous plants. My Log House kale, planted a couple of weeks ago, is going strong...

Alice Doyle

Hello there, Val!
Your blog has got to be the best on the web.
The photos take my breath away and the content is always so timely and interesting....and inspiring!

Talking about Fall and Winter vegetables...
We have a revised chart on our website that will help folks plan their plantings for year around harvest.
It is true that it is getting late now for brassicas. They have to be rooted and about 10" tall by mid September. Greens and cetain alliums can be planted all September.
We have rain today and cooler weather. Good day to plant. And if you plant before Labor Day, you'd have a good chance to get those brassicas established in time.
See the new September issue of Sunset mag for our Cauliflower 'Fortrose'. Jim McCausland took the photo in his garden before eating it last April. He planted 'Fortrose' around Labor Day weekend last year.


I'm very excited about our new Fall and Winter varieties. Of course, the Flower Sprouts 'Petit Posy' is so cool and also we have new overwintering broccoli varieties ('Purple Sprouting' take-offs)that harvest every two months starting in December!
I could go on....
Thanks for all you do!
Log House


So there is still hope! My chard crop planted in spring was a total disaster this year (and last year it did so beautifully!). I am not sure where to get plant starts for this and other winter-friendly crops--Swanson's did not carry any past July--ack, must I start from seed? In my small garden, starts mean I will actually start!

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  • Petal & Twig Made The New York Times!
    From Anne Raver's review: "Valerie Easton, a Seattle-based garden writer, discusses the art of growing and arranging cut flowers in “Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets With Blossoms, Branches and Grasses From Your Garden” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). Written as an informal diary, with photographs of arrangements from her own garden, and tips on cutting and keeping flowers fresh, the book inspires ideas not only on what to grow but on how to combine (or not) those beauties inside. See review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/garden/new-books-on-growing-and-arranging-flowers.html?scp=1&sq=petal%20&%20twig%20anne%20raver&st=cse
  • The first reviews on the new book are in! From Publisher's Weekly:
  • "Open your eyes and keep it simple: those are two lessons Easton passes on from her own 40 years in the garden. When selecting and arranging flowers for bouquets, you needn’t spend a bundle buying a bundle of imported flowers.....The result will be unique, local, imaginative, and inexpensive. Color photos throughout illustrate and inspire."

In the News

  • Montreal Blogger Reviews "A Pattern Garden"
    I was so pleased to find that "A Pattern Garden" is still being reviewed...check out Allan Becker's generous review on his Garden Guru blog.. I felt like Allan really understood what I was working towards in that book....he writes...."There is a delightful abstract quality to this publication. In it, the author takes good garden design to a higher, more spiritual level. Instead of discussing the aesthetic and scientific elements of design, as so many traditional garden design books do, she focuses on the role played in garden design by archetypal ideas - a.k.a. patterns - that reference the longings of human beings. These pleasure and comfort-rooted ideas are those that inspire designers to create gardens that are satisfying beyond their beauty." see more at http://allanbecker-gardenguru.squarespace.com/journal/valerie-easton
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The New Low Maintenance Garden

  • Reviews Are In....
    "Over the years, countless books have espoused a low-maintenance approach to gardening. None have been as engaging, practical, or inspiring as this latest of Easton's contributions to the gardener's bookshelf,"
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    "A handy guide to a garden you can raise without a corresponding increase in your blood pressure..handsome and informative...."
    - Metropolitan Home, Dec. 2009

    "This book is an invaluable addition to the garden library – destined to be a classic for many years to come."
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