Sun June 17, 2012
Arts & Life

Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 1:19 pm

Chanticleer is a historical estate and garden in Wayne, Pa., part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the Lyden family

Ever wanted to just disappear into a secret garden of earthly delights, of twists and turns of evocative ruin, exuberant tropics, the Zen of a Japanese teahouse?

Consider Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pa. It's part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia. In fact, right across the street from the garden is the former home of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the heiress portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story.

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Sat June 16, 2012
Garden Report

A Simple Tool to Help You Be More Water-Wise

Rain gauge in Norway garden
Bernt Rostad Creative Commons/Flickr

Water is a precious resource – and will likely be very scarce along the Front Range this summer. KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton says being educated is the first step in saving water – and that education starts with one simple tool...

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Sat June 9, 2012
Garden Report

Need Ideas for Your Garden? Steal Them! (Ideas, Not Plants...)

A stop on the Greeley garden tour
Ruth Quade
  • Tom Throgmorton speaking on plant plagiarism...

Is the design for your garden or landscaping stuck in a rut? Garden tours are a great way to spark some fresh ideas – and as KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton assures us, plant plagiarism is perfectly okay…

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Sat June 2, 2012
Garden Report

Vegetable Optimism

Who qualifies as an optimist? Vegetable gardeners for one. KUNC’s own eternal optimist, gardener Tom Throgomorton, has more.

The basic concept of vegetable gardening is to put a tiny seed, like as basil seed or even a tomato seed, in the soil, then to water it and expect in a few weeks to eat something that seed produces. That’s optimism.

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Fri June 1, 2012
The Salt

How To Grow The Tastiest Tomato? One Secret's In The Soil

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 1:57 pm

A tomato expert recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter and a steady slow-release fertilizer.

It's tomato time here in the mid-Atlantic – the critical moment when those of us eager to pull fat, bright fruit off our own backyard vines in a couple months are scurrying to get tender little plants in the ground.

But as anyone who's spent a few summers of kneeling in the dirt can tell you, healthy-looking vines will not necessarily get you a mind-blowingly delicious tomato. And why?

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