October 19, 2013 |
Tend the vegetable garden. We've been lucky the harvest season has lasted this far into October. I'm still waiting to harvest the carrots and sweet potatoes, hoping they'll get as large as possible before frost. I've picked and enjoyed the various tomatoes daily. But when all the stems and vines eventually wither and die, gather them up and dispose of them to make sure that pest problems aren't left to overwinter in the garden. Put away the cages, tepees, and trellises. If you haven't done it yet, take notes about where you planted each crop so you can rotate them to different locations in the garden next year.
June 26, 2015 |
IT WAS 2011. Outside City Hall were rows of tents where many flavors of political persuasion could be found - anarchists, communists, Democratic socialists, libertarians. This was Occupy Philadelphia, or, as Dusty Hinz remembers it, a "great coming-out party for the general left. " Amid the monthslong protests, a splinter group of twentysomethings formed with a plan to sustain the protests' energy in a way that would bring real change to city neighborhoods. Dubbed Occupy Vacant Land, the group of guerrilla gardeners squatted on dozens of vacant, garbage-strewn properties.
October 8, 2013 |
THE EVIDENCE of Khenti Pratt's dedication to her Powelton Village community garden is very visible. There's the award she won at the state Horticultural Society's City Gardens Contest several years ago. There's hundreds of dollars' worth of receipts for supplies and materials she and other volunteers have purchased. And then there are the plump butternut squash, tomatoes, okra and other vegetables still growing in the yard, nestled between rowhouses on Spring Garden Street near 36th.
October 28, 2015 |
Wallace S. Littlewood, 92, of Gladwyne, a Marine veteran of World War II and the president of a textile dye house in Manayunk for 40 years, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Littlewood was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bala Cynwyd. He attended the Episcopal Academy and the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. In 1942, he enlisted in the Marines. He served in the Pacific aboard the Bunker Hill from 1942 through 1945. He received the Purple Heart.
June 27, 2012 |
When devoted gardeners run out space in their backyards, they often tear up the old plantings to make room for the new. But Andrew Bunting, a horticulturist with a magazine-worthy ornamental garden behind his ivy-covered stone cottage in Swarthmore, had a different idea. In January, he asked neighbors Clair and Rob Oaks, with whom he had a cordial but not close relationship, if he could use a section of their backyard for a vegetable garden that they would share. He would design, install, and cultivate the plot, and even pay them $100 a month in rent.
September 5, 2015 |
Find a festival! Unless you've been irrigating, heat and drought have brought the garden to an almost complete standstill. So let's enjoy the fruits of somebody else's labors. Harvest fairs are popping up weekly now, and you can find a list of pick-your-owns at www.pickyourown.org . Personally, when I see a heavily laden apple branch hanging over a homeowner's gate or sidewalk, I knock on the door for permission to pick. I give you permission to ask, too. Water, water, water.
February 12, 1989 |
As you plan your vegetable garden, think beyond lettuce, tomatoes and string beans. Think about the onion. Last year, John Swan grew six varieties of onions in the garden that he and his wife, Ann, tend in Chester County. As an expert cook, Ann Swan welcomes this bounty to use in her kitchen year-round. Even now, the Swans still have a couple of large bags on hand in an outside closet to tide the family over until the '89 harvest starts in mid- July. John Swan used to start most of his onions from seed.
April 7, 1997 |
Rena Ennis can nail a green thumber a mile away. Ok, five feet. It's all in the nails. The longer the fingernails, the bigger the odds they're not a green thumber. "When I see a woman with long, manicured nails, I know she is not going to come out and garden," said the 73-year-old grandmother. "You get a lady with fine nails, you know she's only going to look, not participate. " Ennis has been "digging and planting all over" her West Philadelphia neighborhood for 37 years, mostly as a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's Philadelphia Green, an urban greening program designed to help residents spruce up their communities with various flowers, plants and trees.
May 29, 2013 |
SURE, tightrope walkers and acrobats once perfected their balance in the vacant lot beside the University of the Arts on Broad Street near Pine. But usually, the gravelly lot stands empty, garnering nary a glance from passers-by. That will change today, when the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society officially opens its new pop-up garden, where visitors can watch artists perform, enjoy some brews and food from a beer garden and otherwise relax amid lush plantings. All sorts of art will be on display, including dance, theater, live music, photography, sculpture, design and other visual art (but, sadly, not the tightrope walkers and acrobats, who were Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts performers)
March 23, 2012 |
Howard Brosius is trying to be heard above the buzz of a dozen small children recently liberated from day care. "Who wants some black-seeded Simpson?" he shouts, holding up the ruffled, light green leaves of this 150-year-old lettuce variety. In a room full of veteran vegetable gardeners, this would provoke a stampede. Here, in a small classroom at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, the kids have no idea what black-seeded means or who Simpson was. But they know whatever "Mr. Howard" is offering, they want.