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MY SPRING VISIT TO SNUG HARBOR FARM IN MAINE

A couple of weekends ago I was thrilled to have been invited to Snug Harbor Farm on the coast of Maine for a book signing. A gem of a specialty nursery. and worth a visit if you can make it - just an hour and a half north of Boston. We have some wonderful nurseries and sources for plants and accessories here in the Northeast but one, in particular, is quite extraordinary. Snug Harbor Farm located in Kennebunk Maine is one of the more special places worth a visit in you ever find yourself ...
Tags: Boston, Lifestyle, Maine, New England, Barney, Tony, Northeast, Matt, Matt Mattus, Kennebunkport, Snug Harbor, Kennebunk Maine, New Bedford MA, Snug Harbor Farm, Tony Anthony Elliott, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge


The Art and Craft of Mapling with the folks from MapleMama

MAPLE SYRUP IS ABOUT AS OLD FASHIONED AS ONE CAN GET IN NEW ENGLAND BUT LIKE MANY ARTISIONAL PRODUCTS, INNOVATION IS CHANGING EVERYTHING. HERE IS A STORY ABOUT HOW ONE FAMILY NEAR ME IS USING MAPLE SYRUP TO CREATE A COMPLETELY NEW CRAFTED PRODUCT. It's hard to avoid maple sugaring in much of rural New England, a season that sometimes begins as early as mid-February or as late as the end of March, as it was this year. Sugaring season is when the daytime temperatures rise above freezin...
Tags: Amazon, England, Whole Foods, Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Cambridge, Hasbro, Chanel, Vermont, Berkshire, New England, Joe, Cheryl, Matt Mattus, Vanilla Bean, Lemon Ginger


The Art and Craft of Maple Sugaring with the folks from MapleMama

MAPLE SYRUP IS ABOUT AS OLD FASHIONED AS ONE CAN GET IN NEW ENGLAND BUT LIKE MANY ARTISIONAL PRODUCTS, INNOVATION IS CHANGING EVERYTHING. HERE IS A STORY ABOUT HOW ONE FAMILY NEAR ME IS USING MAPLE SYRUP TO CREATE A COMPLETELY NEW CRAFTED PRODUCT. It's hard to avoid maple sugaring in much of rural New England, a season that sometimes begins as early as mid-February or as late as the end of March, as it was this year. Sugaring season is when the daytime temperatures rise above freezing du...
Tags: Amazon, England, Whole Foods, Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Cambridge, Hasbro, Chanel, Vermont, Berkshire, New England, Joe, Cheryl, Matt Mattus, Vanilla Bean, Lemon Ginger


The Perfect Spring

Primula elatior, the English Oxlip simple yet so rarely seen in American gardens. If you want your garden to look like the hundred acre wood, this is the plant to seek out. Will you find it? Probably not unless you raise it from seed or join the American Primrose Society. It isn't rare. Just hard to find as commercial growers ignore it.  There is no Proven Winners Primula elatior. Popular in Shakesperian England, and still common there today.   I grow mine from seed bought online from Jelitt...
Tags: Japan, China, Germany, Boston, Massachusetts, US, Lifestyle, Canada, Denver, New England, Joe, Himalaya, Upstate New York, Logee, Matt Mattus, UMass


Create An Original Spring, Indoors and Out

New spring. growth on pomegranate trees in the greenhouse emerges very early, even have a freeze. It's often our first sign on spring. Trees can be kept on a very cold porch or even in a garage bare all winter and rather dry if the temperatures don't drop below 20 degrees. Their new growth always looks fresh and like April (but in March). While there are great things to say about the democratization of design, retail stores  - the whole  'Target' thing,  and how today even garden cente...
Tags: England, Maryland, Lifestyle, Tokyo, Vancouver, DuPont, New England, Longwood, Matt Mattus, Kew, Anemone, Guy Wolff, Lily of the Valley, Butchart Gardens, Suttons


Where I've been and where I am going. Yes, a New Job!

Various cattleya-types lead the Orchid Extravaganza - the annual orchid show held at Longwood. (I'm so rusty when it comes to identifying orchids!) OK...me,me,me.....Before I start oversharing, know that the photos in this post are all from Longwood as I stopped there while driving back from my book signing tour to rest and to photographed the orchid show. The Orchid Extravaganza, which ends today was indeed an extravaganza - so while I catch you up on my news, I will intersperse this ...
Tags: Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Maine, Hasbro, Einstein, Worcester, Vermont, New England, Joe, Don, Wayne, Darrell, Matt, Executive Committee


The Joy (and Pain) of Growing Citrus Indoors

It's citrus season here in New England! At least, in my greenhouse where at least 10 varieties of citrus can be picked on any day in February. While easy to grow in a cool greenhouse, indoors, citrus need a little extra special care - here are my tips. I'm often asked about how to grow citrus indoors or how to grow citrus in containers - and while I am hardly an expert on raising citrus fruit, I have been growing many citruses in pots since, well, when I was a kid. Really.  Here's a secre...
Tags: Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Connecticut, Meyer, New England, Don, Logee, Matt Mattus, California Last, Kaffir, Improved Meyer Lemon Pink Variegated Lemon, Calamondin, Hong Kong Kumquat, Calamondin Orange, Hong Kong Kumquat Fortunella, Espoma


Winter Gardening Ramps Up - Book Reviews Pour In

There are still endless lists of garden chores for those who garden where winter is mild - California, the Pacific coast, the British Isles, or the US south, but here in New England - winter gardening can often be defined by most people as dreaming and planning. Ordering seeds, starting seeds, making lists with nursery catalogs and websites, and of course, by reading gardening books and magazines. But don't be fooled in thinking that the Northeast gardener is lazy - for more serious gardener...
Tags: Asia, Japan, UK, California, Boston, Massachusetts, US, Lifestyle, Chile, Argentina, God, North America, North Carolina, Pacific, New England, Lily


Sneak Peek - My first gardening book is published - Pre-orders are welcome!

My first book - Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening launches on Jan. 1 with pre-orders started already on Amazon looking good. Thanks to all of you who placed orders early. I know the delivery date was originally Dec. 18 but Amazon tells us that it is now the first week of January. Hey, maybe that's a good sign? You know, for someone who may seem as perpetually busy as a woodchuck I am known to be as lazy as one too. Here it is - three weeks before my book Mastering The Art of Vegeta...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Lifestyle, Italy, Tokyo, Steve, Joe, Don, Matt Mattus, Saladisi, Victory Garden, Chou, Roger Swain, Worcester Airport, Luffa, Mrs Maisel


Forcing Winter Vegetables

Forced winter vegetables like this Belgian Endive in my garden may be the next hot food trend home gardeners and chefs haven't  rediscovered yet. Think about it - there was a time, and really not that very long ago  - like a hundred and fifty years or so ago, when there weren't any supermarkets. There was no refrigeration aside from ice and no air travel so summer vegetables were just that - summer vegetables. Everything else was preserved, pickled, fermented or was considered storage veg...
Tags: Europe, Japan, UK, New York, London, Instagram, Boston, US, Lifestyle, Paris, Yorkshire, North America, Parma, Belmont, Northeast, Hudson River


Pie Wars - Pumpkin or Squash?

Tomato tomahto? With squash and pumpkin, it's much worse than that timeless debate. Without even daring to step into the omnipresent 'Pumpkin Spice' arena (I wouldnt dare), this post does demonstrate how we humans sometime just get carryied away with perception and marketing.My point here is this: There is no such thing as pumpkin pie.It's all Squash. Seems like even brand marketers can't make up their mind. Or they feel that this option is the safest route. Sort of, because there is s...
Tags: Hollywood, Boston, Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Usda, Atlantic, Fda, Cinderella, Pillsbury, Waltham, Dickinson, Hubbard, Matt Mattus, Libby, ACORN, Cucurbita


Lessons Learned Growing Houseplants

I ‘ve been growing houseplants since high school, but I never stop learning new things about them. Take zygocacti (Schlumbergera)–popularly known as Thanksgiving cactus and Christmas cactus. The standard advice is to put them in a dark place for 12-14 hours a night in order to get them to bloom. In high school I avoided growing Christmas cactus because I knew I would never remember to do that night after night. My mother-in-law didn’t follow that advice. She put hers in the basement family ro...
Tags: Gardening, Carol, Houseplants, Matt Mattus, What's up/blooming, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, Paperwhites, Schlumbergera, Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, Old House Gardens, Elizabeth Lawrence


Hey Kale, Your Closest Relative is Crunchier, Yummier and Even Healthier. Oh, and Apparently It's Cool Again - Some Cabbage Love

As Food and Wine magazine wrote this month - 'The Cabbage Craze is Officially 'Real'. I would add "The cabbage craze is real again.".Of course, there are other family members to thank for this resurgence in total-brassica-love such as the kimchi 'kraze', (or any fermented brassica for that matter), cauliflower (both in it's 'steaks' and 'riced' forms), Kohlrabi and it's Instagramable visual appeal, and even Brussel's Sprout (now that we all know how to prepare them properly (raw and sliced in wi...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Europe, Japan, France, China, Massachusetts, US, Lifestyle, Walmart, Korea, Napa, Costco, White, New England, Don


A New Book on Alpine Trough Gardening May, and Should, Change How You Container Garden

'Hypertufa Containers - Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden is a new book by Lori Chips that addresses a very specific gardening method which while old-fashioned, may have found its time given climate change and a gardening audience which is growing more and more aware. I'm excited to be introducing you all to a terrific and useful book; Hypertufa Containers - Creating and Planting an Alpine trough Garden by my good friend Lori Chip's. While some may struggle to get past the tit...
Tags: UK, California, New York City, US, Lifestyle, Czech Republic, Canada, Alps, Michigan, East Coast, Gardens, Matt Mattus, Lori, Abbie Zabar, Abbie, Primula


I'm 100% Corn Fed and Totally OK with It

I happen to love September because of one thing - sweet corn. Today many of us struggle with corn. We don't know how to fit it into our diet, many denounce it as a product of industrial agriculture and monoculture, we read labels and reject anything with a corn product on it and we steer clear of corn syrup. It sometimes seems as if the only safe corn product that I don't get raise eyebrows with at my local Whole Foods are locally made corn tortillas. I guess they're OK. A few of us st...
Tags: Amazon, Mexico, Boston, Lifestyle, Gmo, Netflix, Monsanto, Trinity, North America, Vermont, Dad, New England, National Science Foundation, Stewart, Johnny, Matt Mattus


Planning Your Fall Veg Garden? Here's A Niki Jabbour Book Giveaway!

Niki Jabbour's newest book Veggie Garden Remix will inspire you to try new varieties and versions of both familiar veggies and even some new ones you may have never heard about. If you don't know about Niki Jabbour then I don't know where you've been. I first heard of her as 'that girl who was kneeling in the snow in front of her cold frame' as pictured on one of her first books 'The Year-Round Vegetable Garden', but if you don't. live where the snow is as deep as it is in Niki's hometown...
Tags: Europe, UK, California, China, Lifestyle, Rome, Egypt, Netherlands, Nova Scotia, Disney Princess, North America, Youtuber, Martha, Matt Mattus, Nikki, Halifax Nova Scotia


Overcoming Soapy Cilantro, Woody Fennel and Early-Flowering Parsley

 Parsley varieties, such as these seed-raised varieties (from Johnny's) outperform any un-named generic variety bought at a nursery or garden center. It's time to elevate your parsley variety choices. There is much more to parlsey than just 'Flat Leaf Italian' and 'Curly' - which arent even varieties, by the way. Are you suffering from parsley that keeps bolting in mid-summer? Does cutting this flower stalk off really encourage new growth? Are you finding that the cilantro at the farmer...
Tags: Florida, California, Oregon, Lifestyle, Usda, Italy, Pacific Northwest, Cilantro, Johnny, Matt Mattus, Lisette, California Texas, California Georgia, Forest Green, Utah Northern California, Soapy Cilantro Woody Fennel


The Incredible Primroses of Yunnan and Western China

We are all familiar with primroses, but did you know that nearly half of the world's wild primroses come from the Himalayas? With 500 species worldwide, at least 300 are found here.  One of my most favorite plant families, I wanted to dedicate a single post to just primula that we saw on this trek, so here you go. Fair warning though - the names are still being worked out, I only have a couple of good books to key out what we found, so if you're an expert, feel free to correct me and I'll cr...
Tags: Colorado, Lifestyle, Himalayas, Shan, Don, Matt Mattus, Yunnan, Cribb, Panayoti Kelaidis, SCOTT SMITH, Northwestern Yunnan, Western China, Primula, Shangrila, Shika, Zhongdian


Lilies, Ladyslippers and Leeches - The Floral Richness of Western China

Meconopsis racemosa, one of the blue poppies so famous in the Himalaya. Yeah. Leeches......but, blue poppies!I'm trying really hard to limit my Yunnan posts to just three, but given that I've taken so many pictures - forgive me if it creeps into four posts. After-all. Just the genus primula alone will need an entire post and that's not including Androsace. Then, of course, there is corydalis...and meconopsis (who doesn't love blue Himalayan poppies?)... and Podophyllum (Sinopodophyllum?) ...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Boston, Lifestyle, Las Vegas, Vail, Kfc, Kunming, Aspen, Ian, Matt Mattus, Heronswood, Shangri La, Dan Hinkley, Yunnan, Scotty Smith


Botanizing Yunnan: Western China and the Tibetan Plateau

I've been home a day and a half now from nearly a month in China. Clearly I am recovering from jet lag after more than 20 hours on flights over three days (I wrote this post twice and then somehow forgot to save it! SO I lost it.) Third time is a charm, right? Over the next few posts I will attempt to summarize some of the highlights of this trip to what Frank Kingdon Ward called 'The land of the Blue Poppies' (yes, we saw a few those amazing Meconopsis species), but all of. the florist...
Tags: Asia, China, Lifestyle, Beijing, Denver, Kunming, Himalaya, Tibetan Plateau, Matt Mattus, Shangri La, Dan Hinkley, Yunnan, Scotty Smith, Panayoti Kelaidis, Lijiang, Western China


Emotional Support Gardens are Really all about the Plants

Because this garden we live in is 3 generations old, almost every plant has a story associated with it. Gardens are really living time capsules of memories, emotions and full of personal bits of nostalgia and sentiment. I promise that I won't get too sentimental. Really. But today was one of those days that you dare think about. While rushing around to buy leech-proof gators for Yunnan at REI (they didn't have any nor have heard of them) and while packing up baby pheasants for folks who...
Tags: New York, China, Lifestyle, Beijing, Lincoln, Craig, Joe, Cindy, Josephine, Matt Mattus, Dan Hinkley, Yunnan, AMY GOLDMAN, Cardamine, Joseph Rock, Frank Kingdon Ward


May Fever, and some interesting plans in progress

This past weekend we hosted our annual party for the New England Primrose Society. The National Show was held in Alaska this year, so attendance was down a bit, but we still had just over 20 plant geeks walking through the garden and enjoying home-cooked food and wine. This event always seems to kick off our gardening season. So here's the thing about not working in an air-conditioned office with beige carpets and cubicles - on days like this - mid-May, bright cobalt blue skies, 75 de...
Tags: Amazon, Tibet, China, Lifestyle, Beijing, Alaska, South America, Vermont, Baltimore Orioles, Joe, Don, Darrell, Matt Mattus, Daphne Doodles, Worcester County Horticultural Society, Dan Hinkley


Mayflowers, Preserving Our Native Plants and A New Book Arrives Just In Time

A new book arrives for gardeners interested in native plants - just in time for spring (if spring ever arrives!) If you're like me, you are waiting and waiting for the gardening season to begin. Here in New England spring is a bit late arriving, which on one hand is helpful for procrastinators like me, but also worrysome as most of us know that it will probably swing from cold, snowy weather and chilly, near-freezing temperatures to hot and humid weather practically overnight! But it is a...
Tags: Amazon, Garden, UK, Boston, US, Lifestyle, Canada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nova Scotia, North America, Quebec, New England, The Garden, Debbie, Matt Mattus


I'm Back! OK, Spring, we're ready.

After a few month hiatus so that I can focus on finishing my upcoming book 'Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening' (Dec. 2018) I am back.  I must be rusty at blogging as it took me three days to write this and then when I tried to post it this morning, I lost everything, and now have to rewrite the entire post. Well, maybe that will allow me to edit a bit more and keep this first 'return' post shorter. The Hammaellis are late this year, as everything is due to some extraordinari...
Tags: Home Depot, New York City, Lifestyle, Chile, New England, Matt Mattus, Lowes, North American Rock Garden Society, Margaret Davis, Wrightman Alpines, Saxifrages, Reticulata Group Iris, Katherine Hodgekins, Prins Claus


Chemicals - The Good, the Bad, and Why You'll Want To Start Your Own Vegetable Seedlings

Happy Valentines Day - which reminds me that our hearts should be focused on healthy vegetable gardening - why not consider growing our own from seed this year? Here is a pretty good reason why you might want to bother growing your own seedlings this year. Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You decide to start your own tomatoes or peppers at home. You take time finding the perfect variety, you sow your seeds at the right time - not too early nor too late. You take all of the precau...
Tags: Hollywood, Boston, US, Lifestyle, Walmart, Gmo, Elizabeth, Don, Matt Mattus, Lowes, Michael Pollan, PGR, US Park Service, Wolly Adelgid, Novemberm, Ball Seed Sakata


Rating Tomatoes - Which Ones are the Best to Eat and not the ones I grew last year.

I ordered my tomato seeds today, and even an old dog like me has learned new tricks. I know - I overshared a bit in my last post. Enough of the 'Groaning with Plants' posts. Back to business and today, that means tomatoes. I've been writing my pages on tomatoes for my book, which reminded me that I had better order seed now before it is too late. I won't be sowing seed until late April or early May for setting out into the garden in early June, but I know from experience that the hard-to-...
Tags: New York, Tibet, California, Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Walmart, Netherlands, Norway, Bob, Lima, Vermont, Mansfield, Provence, Joe, New York Botanical Garden, Amy


January Blues, February Brights

Time to get out of a mid-winter January funk. A record crop of Meyer lemons in the greenhouse might help. It's been tough. I mean, I expected this. Book deadline looming and I just started writing. Even though I lost my job last winter I was fortunate to have a severance package, but it runs out in a month. I'm not ignorant to the fact that I am still quite fortunate, but I also know that changes are on the doorstep, and maybe I haven't prepared enough for them (hello? Health insurance?)....
Tags: Oregon, Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Netflix, Meyer, North Carolina, Himalaya, Andes, Northeast, Matt Mattus, Tahiti, Chow, Amy Goldman Fowler, Nerine, Pacific Bulb Society, Tepin


How a Gardener Reinvents His Kitchen

As anyone who had lived through a major kitchen renovation knows, the process seems endless until that moment when it is complete and then, hopefully, you can move forward. Our big kitchen and dining room reno was just that - and being a cook and gardener didn't help. It's been a long year since we began this kitchen remodel - more like a longe year and a half. Now that the project is finally we can move onto other projects (like writing my book, and for this blog which I have been neglec...
Tags: Boston, Lifestyle, Atlanta, Ikea, ANN, Joe, Don, Mike, Phil, Parsons, Curtis, Matt Mattus, Pellegrino, Curt, Sherwin Williams, Masonite


How to: Growing Yuzu & Other Citrus in the North

Alternative title:  How to Have an Orangerie Even if You Aren’t a Member of a Royal Family Alternative Title #2 : Juicy Fruits – The Taste is Gonna Move Ya Few indoor plants can combine so much value within a single pot as citrus trees. There are the obvious benefits – a lovely, small tree, often bedecked with colorful fruit which, to be honest, is so pretty that one feels a little guilty picking even a single orb that took half a year to ripen. But don’t be too enthralled with the citrus tree’s...
Tags: Gardening, California, Massachusetts, Disney, Hawaii, Meyer, New England, Houseplants, Matt, You Aren, Department of Agriculture, Matt Mattus, Edibles


Old and New Holiday Plant Memories

Plant geeks and new gardeners enjoy the simple joys of forcing paperwhites - it would. be a sad winter season if I ever skipped planting a few dozen. As the winter holidays creep up on us, many are thinking about Holiday plants. While it's nice to buy                        pre-grown plants, raising something from a bulb is even more fun. Amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus are classic standbys for the season, but with three weeks until Christmas, this is the last weekend one can plant ...
Tags: Google, Home Depot, Asia, Greece, US, Lifestyle, Middle East, Ikea, Croatia, Cornell, New England, Matt Mattus, Wolff, Spag, Michael J Fox Foundation, Africa Morocco