Articles for the Month of January 2012

New Zone Hardiness Map From USDA

Just about every major book or catalog for gardeners in the US includes a copy of the Zone Hardiness Map published by the USDA. This map is designed to tell you what the average winter low temperatures are in your area so – at least in theory – you will know what will grow in

Just Because: Some Humor to Lighten Your Day

How the Internet Began – the Real Version! In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called

New Herb Book From Better Homes & Gardens

  As a member of various garden writers groups, I occasionally get a review copy of a new book. Recently I received from Better Homes & Gardens their new book Herb Gardening. When I agreed to review the book, even though I know the reputation of BH&G, I must confess I didn’t have hopes for anything

News From the Homestead: Talks and Trips

Greetings on this mild Texas morning. I’ve been wanting to write you-all but work on my Saturday talk in Illinois took up most of my time. I spoke in Champaign on “Seasoning the Melting Pot,” an overview of the history of culinary herbs and spices in the US. It’s filled with interesting material and I