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February 25, 2012


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How many calories in carrots?
Good luck ,Great post,y love you!Thanks for the info it had cleared out too many things in my mind. Your recommendations are really good.


My husband wants figs, so I'll have to research the Celeste because it sounds like it produces only one crop of figs a season, which I suspect is the way to go in places, like mine, marginal for figs, though it's also likely to produce on old wood and winter die back might be an issue then, as I found it to be in espaliering, but the one I had came up readily from the roots, annoyingly even. Hey,nobody told me that fig leaves are fragant when dried and pleasant in potpourri or that they make a nice addition, when used in very small quantites and cooked, in fruit punches. If you've got latex allergies, though, beware.

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Hi Brenda,
You might be able to find seed too, but starts will be available from Log House Plants - they're wholesale, so you'll need to find a nursery that carries their plants (Swansons, Bayview on Whidbey, Wells-Medina I think...). And they won't be available until the soil and weather warm up - can't wait to grow one of these on my deck...

valerie Easton

Hi Ellen,
Because this new fig is smaller than the usual 'Brown Turkey' fig we see around here, and also hardier, it'd be worth a try growing it in a big pot, for a few years, anyway.The best way to control the size and make it easy to harvest the figs, and also enjoy the handsome leaves, is to espalier a fig tree against a warm fence or wall - they adapt well to espalier and it's easy to keep the size manageable...

Have fun with it...I'm trying to figure out a good spot to grow one too...


Do you think the fig tree would be small enough to grow in a pot? I'd love to have a fig tree, but the only one I know "personally" is our neighbor's and it's huge.


Will the eggplant be available as a start or seed? It is very enticing and something to keep me going during the rain and chill of late february days

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New Book: Petal & Twig

  • 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
  • Planting art
    Check out this interview with Val in the Chicago Tribune on using art in the garden...

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,"
    - Pacific Horticulture magazine, Jan/Feb/Mar 2010

    "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."
    - Garden Design Online

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