MARGARET ROACH A WAY TO GARDEN

By Margaret Roach

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A WAY TO GARDEN is the horticultural incarnation of Margaret Roach

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A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 10, 2021 – Eric Eaton on Wasps
00:27:05
  I just read a book that filled me with wonder and awe. Now, would it startle you to hear that it was a book about wasps? Don’t cringe and turn away; listen as I talk to entomologist Eric Eaton,... Read More ›
May 07, 2021
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Uli Lorimer on Trilliums – May 3, 2021
00:27:47
It’s Trillium Week the first week of May at Garden In The Woods, the headquarters of Native Plant Trust in Framingham, Massachusetts, the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization with more than a century of history. Well, with a little help... Read More ›
May 01, 2021
Rebecca McMackin Ecological Landscaping – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 26, 2021
00:26:10
  I watched a Zoom lecture the other day that really put into words a lot of the ways my own deepening understanding of ecology is shaking up the way I practice horticulture—from spring cleanup, right on to the last... Read More ›
Apr 23, 2021
Carol Gracie on Florapedia – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 19, 2021
00:25:32
There’s the so-called language of flowers, as in the symbolism or sentiment attributed to a rose versus a pansy or a daisy. And then there’s the actual language of flowers in botany, as in what’s a sepal or a tepal... Read More ›
Apr 17, 2021
Steve Bellavia on Brassicas – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 12, 2021
00:25:34
They’re among the most popular and good-for-you vegetables, but brassicas—broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the like—can also be a little tricky to grow unless you start with the right variety, get the timing right, and have a preemptive action... Read More ›
Apr 10, 2021
Doug Tallamy on Oaks – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 5, 2021
00:26:25
Every time over the years that I’ve spoken to today’s guest, one word comes up: oak. If entomologist and University of Delaware Professor Doug Tallamy sounds a little fixated on native oaks, it’s because they are the most powerful plant... Read More ›
Apr 01, 2021
Peter Kukielski on Roses – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 29, 2021
00:26:14
  Roses are ancient plants with a 35-million-year history on planet earth, so maybe it’s no surprise then that they have been a fixture in nearly every culture and many religions, too. In his recent book, “Rosa: The Story of... Read More ›
Mar 26, 2021
Helen O’Donnell on Flower Garden Favorites – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 22, 2021
00:24:46
I met today’s guest, Helen O’Donnell, at a plant sale a couple of springs ago, before the pandemic scuttled most such big public events. Spring sales like that, where multiple small growers of unusual specialty plants gather, are my favorite... Read More ›
Mar 19, 2021
Ken Druse on Classic Garden Books – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 15, 2021
00:25:13
Do you remember your very earliest gardening books—the ones that transported you into the world of plants, whether that was last year or years ago? Or other books that have earned a permanent spot on your bookshelf as old trusted... Read More ›
Mar 13, 2021
Jessica Walliser on Smarter Companion Planting – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 8, 2021
00:26:19
You’ve heard the expression “companion planting,” as in: What plants supposedly “love” growing alongside what other plants? But how many such pairings are folklore, and how many stand up to research?  In her new book, “Plant Partners,” Jessica Walliser looks... Read More ›
Mar 06, 2021
Sam Hoadley on Echinacea – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 1, 2021
00:25:49
Any gardener shopping at a local nursery or paging through perennial plant catalogs can’t help but notice there are a lot of Echinacea, or coneflowers, on the market—more every year, including in unexpected colors and some with extra-showy double flowers. ... Read More ›
Feb 26, 2021
Far Reaches Farm on Unusual Perennials – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 22, 2021
00:26:13
On the website of Far Reaches Farm rare plant nursery, shoppers can filter the plant listings by the usual expected things, like shrub or fern, or shade or sun, or hardiness zone. But there’s also a filter for “shop by... Read More ›
Feb 20, 2021
Ellen Ogden on Heirloom Vegetable Gardens – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 15, 2021
00:26:18
The subtitle of Ellen Ecker Ogden’s latest book, “The New Heirloom Garden,” tells it all. “Designs, Recipes, and Heirloom Plants for Cooks Who Love to Garden,” is how it reads. Throughout her career of writing, and lecturing, and teaching about... Read More ›
Feb 13, 2021
Ken Druse on Native Spring Perennials – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 8, 2021
00:27:16
Facing a forecast of heaps of snow the other day, Ken Druse and I got to dreaming on the phone together of more colorful times ahead. Of the emergence, not so very long in the future, of spring’s first woodland... Read More ›
Feb 06, 2021
Phil Simon on Carrots – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 1, 2021
00:27:16
How do you build a better carrot for organic farms and gardens, and how do you grow one for the best results? I discussed those topics with longtime carrot breeder Dr. Phil Simon, who shared a fascinating little carrot history,... Read More ›
Jan 30, 2021
Laura Parker on Seed Shopping – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 25, 2021
00:26:10
It will come as no surprise to regular listeners that I’m mad about small farm-based companies that sell seed grown without chemicals and with a regional focus. Seed matched to a particular set of conditions for best results. Today’s guest... Read More ›
Jan 23, 2021
Leslie Halleck on Seed Starting Lights – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 18, 2020
00:26:01
I’m on my third generation of seed-starting lights, a journey that began back in the day when shop lights with so-called cool-white and warm-white fluorescent tubes combined were all we gardeners knew. Eventually I moved up to newer, high-output fluorescents,... Read More ›
Jan 16, 2021
Nate Kleinman on Seed Shopping – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 11, 2021
00:26:48
Parsley that was bred not for its leaves, but as a root crop. Or a winter squash with vivid green flesh, instead of orange. And perennial onions called potato onions that multiply. These are just a few of the wonders... Read More ›
Jan 09, 2021
Niki Jabbour on Cold Frames – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 4, 2021
00:26:27
A neighbor with a new cold frame emailed me the other day, seeing colder weather finally in the forecast and wanting to know how to extend his season even longer inside the unit. Well, serendipitously, later that day I went... Read More ›
Jan 02, 2021
Ken Druse on Desert Island Trees – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 28, 2020
00:26:04
They’re the garden’s biggest residents, relative space-hogs who also dictate a lot of what goes on with the patterns of light and shade. I’m talking about trees. Today, Ken Druse and I are going to name some names of favorites,... Read More ›
Dec 26, 2020
Duncan Himmelman on Native Groundcovers – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 21, 2020
00:26:16
I’ve spoken recently on the show about my personal war on certain groundcovers I planted years ago that have turned out to be hideous thugs. Many other gardeners I hear from have likewise come to lament their overly cooperative, spreading... Read More ›
Dec 19, 2020
Kate Spring on Microgreens – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 14, 2020
00:26:57
A “New York Times” column I did recently happily put me back in touch with organic farmer Kate Spring, who in our past conversations has always taught me how to think smarter about when to start seeds—like how to time... Read More ›
Dec 11, 2020
Chris Smith on Collard Greens – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 7, 2020
00:26:15
Heirloom tomatoes and pumpkins you’ve heard of, but why shouldn’t heirloom collards get just as much love—and space in our gardens? Tell the truth: Have you ever even grown collards, whether an old-time variety or otherwise? You should, and to... Read More ›
Dec 05, 2020
Ali Stafford on Baking Books – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 30, 2020
00:26:31
Yes, apparently more people gardened in 2020 than ever. And even before the holiday season was upon us, as it suddenly is, everyone was baking more than ever in this oddball year, too—and it seems publishing baking cookbooks at a... Read More ›
Nov 27, 2020
Katrina Kenison on Comfort Books – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 28, 2020
00:26:52
You’ve heard of comfort food and oh boy, have we all been hungry for that non-stop this crazy year. But how about comfort books—whether to keep yourself company as winter takes hold or to consider for gifting? That’s today’s topic... Read More ›
Nov 21, 2020
Bjorn Bergman on Seedlinked – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 23, 2020
00:26:17
What if I told you there’s a new way to shop for seed where your purchase yields not just the packets, but also educational support, and the invitation to share your feedback—to participate in a virtual seed trial essentially, citizen-science... Read More ›
Nov 21, 2020
Emma Greig on Feeder Birds – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 16, 2020
00:26:34
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 16, 2020 – Emma Greig on Feeder Birds A flock of robins visited my garden recently for a three-day long field day. By the time they decamped, I was down about 40 mature... Read More ›
Nov 14, 2020
Ken Druse on Desert Island Shrubs – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 9, 2020
00:25:00
Shrubs: I think of them as the sort of human-sized plants, and they definitely are the backbone of the garden. Ken Druse and I each have a lot of different shrubs, and I asked him the other day, “If you... Read More ›
Nov 07, 2020
Duncan Himmelman on Weed Control – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 2, 2020
00:26:52
“There’s always a weed out there, no matter when.” That’s what today’s guest, education manager Duncan Himmelman of Mt. Cuba native plant center in Delaware, said the other day to me on the phone. And that means now, even as... Read More ›
Oct 31, 2020
Heather Holm on Bee-Friendly Gardens -A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 26, 2020
00:26:18
  In a recent conversation with Doug Tallamy about ecologically minded fall cleanup, he raised the name of Heather Holm, and how some of the pollinator research she’s been part of lately is informing how he shifts his approach to... Read More ›
Oct 24, 2020
Ken Druse on Groundcovers- A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 19, 2020
00:26:34
  What the word “groundcover” means has really changed in the years Ken Druse and I have been gardening. And I’ll admit right here, some of the choices that I made to do the job of covering the ground under... Read More ›
Oct 17, 2020
Julie Zickefoose on Bird Feeding – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 12, 2020
00:26:43
  One of the ways many of us have been getting through the last few months is by taking comfort in the outdoors, in all that nature and the garden has to offer—by slowing down, looking around, and connecting. One person... Read More ›
Oct 10, 2020
Dennis Schrader on Overwintering Tropicals – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 3, 2020
00:26:38
I think of them as investment plants, plants that might not be hardy where I garden, but that with a little extra work and the right strategy can be carried over year to year, even without a greenhouse or the... Read More ›
Oct 03, 2020
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 5, 2020 – Doug Tallamy on Ecological Fall Cleanup
00:26:31
  When I last talked to Doug Tallamy in February around the publication date of his latest book, “Nature’s Best Hope,” I didn’t want to go on and on about the advice in it about smart fall cleanup, which is... Read More ›
Oct 03, 2020
Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 28, 2020 – “Uprooted,” a Book by Page Dickey
00:26:16
The word “downsizing” was spoken more than once when Page Dickey and her husband were making plans a few years back to leave their beloved home and big old garden, called Duck Hill, in Westchester County, New York, for a... Read More ›
Sep 26, 2020
Marc Hachadourian on Houseplants – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 21, 2020
00:26:27
Who are you going to tuck in with this fall and winter, as the garden starts to rest and we are all indoors more? Do you have any hand-me-down houseplants from a relative maybe, or plants that you bought that... Read More ›
Sep 18, 2020
Dan Hinkley on Making Windcliff Garden – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 14, 2020
00:27:04
I have a running joke with today’s podcast guest, a joke I suspect thousands of other former customers just like me email him about regularly, too. Every spring cleanup I come up with more distinctive turquoise plastic labels in my... Read More ›
Sep 11, 2020
Ken Druse on Saving and Sowing Seed – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 7, 2020
00:27:14
  Maybe you can feel it where you garden, too. A slight shift in the weather, which combined with shortening days, means summer is loosening its grip. It’s not fall yet. It’s not cleanup time, but what time is it... Read More ›
Sep 04, 2020
Jenny Elliott on Flowers for Drying – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 31, 2020
00:26:59
A reader emailed me not long ago, asking if I’d ever written a story or done a podcast about dried flowers—which ones to grow and how to dry them and so on. And no, I hadn’t, I had to admit,... Read More ›
Aug 28, 2020
Matt Mattus on Bulbs You Should Grow – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 24, 2020
00:26:25
I suspect that you each have several mail-order bulb catalogs on hand, and also that each catalog devotes page after page to gorgeous photos of Narcissus and tulips, often right up front. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of... Read More ›
Aug 22, 2020
Owen Wormser on Lawns Into Meadows – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 17, 2020
00:25:49
A new book came my way recently with a title that just said it all. “Lawns Into Meadows” is what it’s called, and its author, landscape designer Owen Wormser, gave me a short course on meadow-making in a recent conversation... Read More ›
Aug 15, 2020
Ken Druse on Rejuvenation and Propagation – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 10, 2020
00:26:52
Today’s show came out of a phone conversation that Ken Druse and I were having the other day, when I found myself confessing to him that I’d let things in my containers get, shall we say, a tad overgrown this... Read More ›
Aug 08, 2020
Ecology Lessons From Mt. Auburn Cemetery – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 3, 2020
00:26:54
Years ago, a friend who founded a botanic garden in Massachusetts took me to visit a landscape that he had long loved and admired. It was not just beautiful, but a designated National Historic Landmark—and one that was also a... Read More ›
Jul 31, 2020
Michael Balick on Poisonous Plants – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 27, 2020
00:26:30
A surprising number of people ask me about whether this plant or that plant in my garden or theirs is poisonous. And so when I saw news from the New York Botanical Garden about a just-published, fully-updated edition of a... Read More ›
Jul 24, 2020
Ken Druse on Leaves First – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 20, 2020
00:26:56
Ken Druse and I both love leaves, and so do the naughty furbearing herbivores who have been visiting our gardens with a vengeance this season—but that’s another story. Today’s topic is leaves to love from the gardener’s point of view,... Read More ›
Jul 18, 2020
Niki Jabbour on Season Extending – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 13, 2020
00:26:30
Season Extending with Niki Jabbour – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 13, 2020 Longtime gardeners and first-timers went all out in this craziest of years, bringing the expression “victory garden” back into the headlines. We all... Read More ›
Jul 10, 2020
Uli Lorimer on Native Plants – A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach – July 6, 2020
00:26:11
As more gardeners shop for native plants each year, more plant descriptions in catalogs and on nursery labels use the blanket phrase “pollinator-friendly” to catch our attention. But is that the whole story behind each plant that’s so labeled, and... Read More ›
Jul 04, 2020
Reprise of Stephen Shunk on Woodpeckers (2016) – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 26, 2020
00:24:20
When I got my copy of the new “Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America,” I tracked down the author’s email address at once, and sent him a message: “I’m mad for woodpeckers,” I wrote, and Stephen Shunk wrote... Read More ›
Jun 28, 2020
Daryl Beyers on How to Water – A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach – June 29, 2020
00:26:30
Summer: It’s what I refer to as the season of dragging hoses, and for me at least this year, the fact that it seems to have stopped raining with any regularity or measurable impact is making it worse. This is... Read More ›
Jun 26, 2020
Adrian Higgins of the Washington Post – A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach – June 22, 2020
00:25:55
The world is shifting focus again now toward opening up this time, several months after much shutting down. But as we do, I for one hope we won’t turn too quickly away from awareness of the solace that the garden... Read More ›
Jun 20, 2020
Bill Noble on Garden Design – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 15, 2020
00:25:28
Garden designer Bill Noble starts his new book with this promise, “I’m going to tell you a story of the pleasures and challenges, both aesthetic and practical, of creating a garden that feels genuinely rooted to its place.”  His book,... Read More ›
Jun 13, 2020
Carol Gracie on Summer Wildflowers – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 8, 2020
00:25:44
The beloved wildflowers of springtime—the trilliums, the mayapples, the Virginia bluebells—are probably gone till next year, but don’t despair. Here comes the next cast of players, the wildflowers of summer. The acclaimed naturalist Carol Gracie looks beyond their surface beauty... Read More ›
Jun 05, 2020
Ken Druse on Remembering Fallen Plants – A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach – June 1, 2020
00:26:26
I was crawling around weeding the other day and there it was, yet another turquoise colored plastic label I knew was from the original Heronswood Nursery near Seattle, which has been closed about 15 years. No plant, just a label.... Read More ›
May 29, 2020
David Sibley on Being a Bird – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 25, 2020
00:26:35
If you’re a bird person, as I am, you may feel as if you know today’s guest, because one of his field guides, illustrated with his artwork to help you figure out who’s who, is probably within reach at all... Read More ›
May 22, 2020
Craig LeHoullier on Tomato Success – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 18, 2020
00:26:55
Tomato Success With Craig LeHoullier – A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach – May 21, 2020 Every gardener has his or her own tomato secrets, tips, and tricks they’re sure will bring earliest fruit or the biggest harvest. Some... Read More ›
May 15, 2020
Ross Bayton on Botanical Latin – A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach – May 11, 2020
00:25:46
  I’m grateful that when I began gardening, I fell in with a bunch of plant nerds who spoke not in common names but in botanical Latin, and turned me on to oddball mail-order nurseries whose entire lists were likewise... Read More ›
May 08, 2020
Ken Druse on Post-Spring Garden Tuneups – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 4, 2020
00:26:35
A famous gardener Ken Druse and I know often says this one-liner: “Anyone can do spring.” What he means is: and then what happens after that?  What happens after the current tender colorful parade of beauty, with flowers everywhere and fresh... Read More ›
May 01, 2020
Brett DeGregorio on Amazing Bird Nests – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 27, 2020
00:26:27
I’m mad for birds, so much so, that I’ve been looking expectantly lately at the interactive migration maps on the BirdCast website and browsing reports coming in from ares to the south of me on eBird.com, wondering when my fair-weather,... Read More ›
Apr 24, 2020
Cooking with What You Have with Lukas Volger – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 20 2020
00:25:40
Cook With What You’ve Got with Lukas Volger – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 20, 2020  Just before things shifted in our world, I bought a new vegetarian cookbook called “Start Simple,” by Lukas Volger. Little... Read More ›
Apr 17, 2020
Dividing Perennials With Ken Druse – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 13, 2020
00:25:58
One of my favorite books by our friend Ken Druse is called “Making More Plants,” and though it’s about all kinds of propagation, Ken and I talked the other day about what is maybe the easiest way of all to... Read More ›
Apr 10, 2020
Jenny Elliott on Best Cut Flowers and Dahlias – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 6, 2020
00:25:04
Yes, yes, I know; you plan to grow the usual rows of zinnias, but what other among organic flower farmer Jenny Elliott’s must-grow list of cutting varieties do you have lined up and ready to sow, or have a source... Read More ›
Apr 03, 2020
Ken Greene on the Power of Seeds and Sunflowers – A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach – March 30, 2020
00:26:06
Seeds and Sunflowers: Before the weeks got darker, Ken Greene and I had planned a chat about a sunny subject: sunflowers. Ken is co-founder of Hudson Valley Seed Company and also of the nonprofit called Seedshed, and though he and... Read More ›
Mar 27, 2020
Ken Druse on Gardening as Refuge – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 23, 2020
00:25:24
Garden as Refuge: It’s Thursday, March 19th, 2020, as Ken Druse and I are taping this show from our respective homes via Skype. In my weekly newsletter last Sunday, I said I didn’t know just what to say, or how... Read More ›
Mar 20, 2020
Daryl Beyers on Composting 101 – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 16, 2020
00:25:43
Compost Smart: What’s your composting setup? Bin, tumbler or open pile—or maybe even an ingenious set of three pits in the ground? And most important, how is it working? More effective composting tactics, along with other timely advice to prepare... Read More ›
Mar 13, 2020
Kim Eierman on Pollinator Gardens – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 9, 2020
00:24:41
Pollinator Gardens: One of the most common questions that garden centers and other garden professionals are asked these days: How can I add more pollinator plants? Kim Eierman designs ecological gardens with such beneficial insects in mind, and is the... Read More ›
Mar 06, 2020
Women in Horticulture with Jennifer Jewell – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 2, 2020
00:25:27
Women and Plants: I’m a woman who’s made a good portion of her career in the field of horticulture, specifically in the journalism end of the plant world. But until I read the new book “The Earth in Her Hands:... Read More ›
Feb 28, 2020
Native Plant Q&A with Ken Druse – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 24, 2020
00:25:42
Gardeners including myself want to add more, more, more native plants to their landscapes to support pollinators and birds and other native wildlife, but if our beds and borders are already established? Do we have to erase them and start... Read More ›
Feb 21, 2020
Rachel Hultengren on Seed Stories-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 17, 2020
00:25:10
Seed Stories: Call me a seed nerd and I won’t mind because yes, I’m obsessed with where seed comes from and specifically how critical it is to support organic seed breeders and farmers with our seed-shopping dollars. I’m also drawn... Read More ›
Feb 14, 2020
Doug Tallamy on Nature’s Best Hope-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 10, 2020
00:25:58
Doug Tallamy: “Nature’s Best Hope” is the title of University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy’s new book, and the subtitle reads like this: “A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.” In other words, you and I are... Read More ›
Feb 07, 2020
Joe Lamp’l on Seed Starting Tips-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 3, 2020
00:24:46
Seed Starting: What really matters when we start seeds? What tweaks to our process or our gear can actually move the needle from so-so results or worse to closer to pro? My friend Joe Lamp’l wondered that, too, and undertook... Read More ›
Jan 31, 2020
Mobee Weinstein on Ferns-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 27, 2020
00:25:30
Indoor Ferns: I don’t know about you, but I’m drawn to ferns, to their primitive flowerless beauty, their diversity of foliar textures and shades of greenness, to their range of sizes from tiny to towering. And I want to invite... Read More ›
Jan 24, 2020
Nate Kleinman, Vegetable Breeder-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 20, 2019
00:25:09
Perennial edibles: A lot of what I learned about gardening, I learned from seed catalogs, always gravitating to ones featuring the odder varieties the better—plants promising lots of both personality and productivity. So when I got introduced to the nonprofit... Read More ›
Jan 17, 2020
Lane Selman of Culinary Breeding Network-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach January 13, 2019
00:24:40
Culinary Breeding Network: It’s seed-shopping time, time to kick off my annual Seed Series on the show and website, and introduce you—and myself—to plants both traditional and cutting-edge worth searching out to try in this year’s garden. Lane Selman, who showed... Read More ›
Jan 10, 2020
Garden Music January 6 2020-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach
00:22:48
Jan 06, 2020
Bonus Top Tips From 2019-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach(BONUS PODCAST)
00:24:39
2019 TOP TIPS: Another garden season is complete, and we’ve just passed the end of another year of the radio show and podcast, too, which I create each week to share with you, of course. But there is also a... Read More ›
Jan 02, 2020
Bird Migration Insights From 2019-A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 6, 2020
00:21:51
Though I mostly stay put these days, no longer inclined to move very far beyond my home range, apparently I’m intensely curious about the subject of bird migration, which came up in questions I asked during several favorite podcast interviews... Read More ›
Jan 02, 2020
Ken Druse on Garden Resolutions – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 30, 2019
00:25:56
GARDEN RESOLUTIONS: What do you plan to do differently in the garden in 2020? Maybe something that didn’t work out so well this year, or a project that’s been put off so long that it simply must be placed at... Read More ›
Dec 28, 2019
Louis Bauer of Wave Hill on Garden Advice – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 16, 2019
00:25:54
Garden Design Ideas: A few of the gardeners I’ve learned the most from over my career have one thing in common: They’ve worked at Wave Hill, the exceptional public garden in New York City, perched above the Hudson River with... Read More ›
Dec 13, 2019
Ken Druse on Garden Gifts – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Monday December 9, 2019
00:25:26
By the time I finished fall cleanup in November, a few essential pieces of garden equipment were looking worse for wear, like that tarp I’ve been dragging around over a couple of seasons loaded with debris that suddenly looks more... Read More ›
Dec 06, 2019
Ali Stafford on Spicing it Up – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Monday December 2, 2019
00:26:11
Spice It Up: Standing in my kitchen the other day I had a craving, specifically for sesame or peanut noodles, for something I eat when I do take out or go out to eat. Because with such flavors we think... Read More ›
Nov 30, 2019
Emma Grieg on How to Help Birds – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Monday November 25
00:25:57
How to Help Birds: Research on bird populations published in fall of 2019 was alarming: 29 percent of all birds in the U.S. and Canada have vanished since 1970, a drop of 2.9 billion birds in our lifetime. In light... Read More ›
Nov 23, 2019
Long Litt Woon on Mushrooms – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 18, 2019
00:25:54
Mushrooms: I have only in recent years tuned in to mushrooms really at all, despite much of a life spent engaged with the outdoors. So when I saw a review in late summer of a new book called “The Way... Read More ›
Nov 16, 2019
J.C. Chong on Plant Pests – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 11, 2019
00:26:04
Plant Pests: In an issue of his “Pest Talks” e-newsletter not long ago, entomologist Dr. Juang-Horng Chong wrote something that I really loved. “I often consider ignorance the most serious pest of plants,” said J.C, as he is known, who... Read More ›
Nov 08, 2019
Margaret Renkl on Late Migrations – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 4, 2019
00:25:43
Margaret Renkl: In her recent book, “Late Migrations,” and also in big letters displayed across the homepage of her website, “New York Times” contributing opinion columnist Margaret Renkl reminds herself and her readers where to focus their attention. “Every day,... Read More ›
Nov 01, 2019
Katie Dubow on Garden Trends – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 28, 2019
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2020 Garden Trends: I have to confess that I have weeded out and discarded a lot of press releases and new product announcements I’ve received each week as a garden writer all these years, touting this new gimmicky gadget or... Read More ›
Oct 25, 2019
Marta McDowell on Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 21, 2019
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Emily Dickinson was a great poet, yes, but she was also an accomplished gardener and a devoted student of the natural world. An all new edition of a book on Emily as a gardener titled “Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life” is... Read More ›
Oct 19, 2019
Ken Druse on Fragrant Plants – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – October 14, 2019
00:25:29
Fragrant Plants: What kind of scents that plants offer up please you…or don’t? How do you even describe what things in the garden smell like? I spoke with Ken Druse, author of the new book “The Scentual Garden,” about his... Read More ›
Oct 12, 2019
Michael Piantedosi on Plant Conservation – A Way to Garden with Mararet Roach – October 7, 2019
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Invasives and Conservation: Sometimes when weeding in my own garden, I get a sense of overwhelm, a feeling that the unwanted plants are winning. So, if a gardener can be daunted, imagine how a conservationist with an expert eye must... Read More ›
Oct 05, 2019
Ken Druse Q&A – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 30, 2019 –
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A Q&A with Ken Druse: The mad dash is on to put up the last homegrown foods and prepare to overwinter tender plants. And this month, Ken Druse and I are answering your Urgent Garden Questions about those and other... Read More ›
Sep 27, 2019
Tom Christopher on Wave Hill – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 23, 2019
00:26:02
We can look at great gardens as works of art being delighted purely by the visuals or we can dig a bit deeper as we tour these landscapes and look for clues on how to become great gardeners ourselves. Now... Read More ›
Sep 21, 2019
Dan Furman on Unusual Fruit – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 16, 2019
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Unusual Fruit: About 10 years ago, Dan Furman joined the nursery and mail-order operation his parents Kasha and David had started in 1989 in Connecticut to specialize in Chinese tree peonies, which are still a mainstay of the family business.... Read More ›
Sep 13, 2019
Julie Zickefoose on Blue Jays – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 9, 2019
00:25:48
Blue Jay Behavior: Like writer, artist and wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose, I am particularly fascinated and also often startled by the interface of birds and people. Her latest book, “Saving Jemima,” is the story of an orphaned blue jay and... Read More ›
Sep 06, 2019
Ali Stafford Corn, Tomato, and Zucchini Recipes – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – September 2, 2019
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The backyard harvest is probably coming in fast and furious, and the farmstand and farmer’s market tables are loaded, too. So, what to do with all those gorgeous zucchini, tomatoes, and how to savor every kernel of the fleeting peak... Read More ›
Aug 30, 2019
Marc Hachadourian on Orchids – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 26, 2019
00:25:48
Orchids: You can’t live without them, and you can’t keep them alive. I’m kidding, sort of, but who among us hasn’t wished we could do better with a gifted or adopted beauty that just won’t re-bloom, or generally looks less... Read More ›
Aug 25, 2019
August Ken Druse Q&A – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 19, 2019
00:24:53
Your recent questions ranged from favorite blue hydrangeas to junipers with browning needles, and even birds tapping incessantly on window glass and tackling the weed oxalis or wood sorrel. It’s Urgent Garden Question time, and Ken Druse is back to... Read More ›
Aug 16, 2019
Brad Herrick on Jumping Worm Update – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 12 2019
00:24:50
Asian Jumping Worms: So-called crazy worms or Asian jumping worms, several invasive earthworm species that are spreading alarmingly in many areas and degrading soil and natural habitats, are probably the most common pest question I get from readers and listeners lately.... Read More ›
Aug 09, 2019
Robert Gegear on Beecology – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 5, 2019
00:25:17
Native Bumblebees: Biologist Robert Gegear wants our help. He wants us to become Beecologists, as in, citizen scientists who help with the study of the ecology of bees. Our native bumblebees, specifically. He wants us to get to know them... Read More ›
Aug 02, 2019
Ronna Welsh’s “Nimble Cook” – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 29, 2019
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Nimble Cooking: Each season I ask my cookbook writer friend, Ali Stafford, what new books look exciting to her. And for spring she had one in particular she said I mustn’t miss, “The Nimble Cook” by Ronna Welsh. Ronna asks... Read More ›
Jul 27, 2019
Elizabeth Lawson on Primroses – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 22, 2019
00:25:51
Primroses: What’s not to love about primroses? And I felt that way even before I read Elizabeth Lawson’s deep-dive social and cultural history of them in her new book, “Primrose,” part of a botanical series from London-based Reaktion Books. She... Read More ›
Jul 20, 2019
July Ken Druse Q&A – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 15, 2019
00:26:04
It’s Urgent Garden Question time again, which means Ken Druse visited my radio show and podcast to help provide the answers about topics ranging from good and bad materials for making garden paths, to issues with powdery mildew on various... Read More ›
Jul 13, 2019
Kevin Espiritu on Raised Beds – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 8, 2019
00:26:06
Raised Beds:  I built my old-style wooden raised beds for vegetables about 30 years ago, and they’ve served me well. Lately on social media, I love seeing younger-generation gardeners embracing raised beds, too, but using creative designs and even doing so... Read More ›
Jul 06, 2019
Chris Smith on Okra – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 1, 2019
00:26:17
Okra: If you had told me I’d be reading an entire book about okra, and often laughing out loud delightedly in the process, I’d have said, “No way.” But here I’ve been lately, my nose in Chris Smith’s just-published, “The... Read More ›
Jun 28, 2019
Lee Reich on Fertilizers – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 24, 2019
00:24:18
Fertilizers: What fertilizers should I feed my (fill-in-the-blank) plant? A lot of you ask that question, about things ranging from magnolias to tomatoes. Soil fertility, and how to best achieve it, is today’s topic, with long-time organic gardener and author... Read More ›
Jun 22, 2019
Tom Seeley on Honey Bees – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 17, 2019
00:25:15
Honey Bee Hunting: Beekeeping is a “thing” in recent years, an increasingly a popular hobby, but our relationship with honey bees goes back much further to one we had as early human hunter-gatherers,  following wild bees in hope of finding... Read More ›
Jun 15, 2019
Jeff Jabco on Peonies – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 10, 2019
00:25:34
Herbaceous Peonies: Among shrubs, the most common ones I hear people wondering aloud about are hydrangeas, hydrangeas, and more hydrangeas. But when it comes to questions about perennials, herbaceous peonies top the list. To help us learn more about these... Read More ›
Jun 07, 2019
Uli Lorimer on Getting to Know Native Plants – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 3, 2019
00:25:49
Native Plants: I hear many times each week from readers or listeners wanting advice about native plants—about pollinator plants, for instance, or making a meadow, or which woodland wildflowers to plant and how to care for them. Uli Lorimer has... Read More ›
May 31, 2019
May 2019 Ken Druse Q&A – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach
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Garden Design Ideas: A note from a listener addressed to me and my Urgent Garden Question-answering sidekick Ken Druse asked our advice for planning a garden from the very beginning, while his home construction is under way. Well, when Ken... Read More ›
May 25, 2019
Bumblebee Expert Leif Richardson – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 2, 2014
00:24:22
ICAN IDENTIFY A LOT OF PLANTS, and I’m pretty good with my local bird and frog species, but a landmark book has me putting down my trowel every time someone buzzes by and having a careful look at bees–especially bumblebees.... Read More ›
May 19, 2019
Bill Logan on Trees – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 20, 2019
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A book I read recently changed the way I think about pruning, and actually about trees in general in the most profound way: William Bryant Logan’s “Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees.” Logan is an arborist based in... Read More ›
May 17, 2019
Niki Jabbour on Succession Sowings – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 13 2019
00:25:48
Succession sowing: Whew! You finally got everything into the ground, transplanting every little seedling and sowing every seed, and it’s time to sit back and pat yourself on the shoulder. Or is it? Sorry gardeners. Especially when it comes to... Read More ›
May 10, 2019
Kenn Kaufman on Bird Migration – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – May 6, 2019
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Kenn Kaufman: The spring migration is on, so bird migration was the subject of my recent conversation with Kenn Kaufman, author of the recent book, “A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration.” Kenn, originator of the... Read More ›
May 03, 2019
Changes in Gardening with Joe Lamp’l – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 29, 2019
00:25:31
Advice from Joe Lamp’l: “My how times have changed,” I write in the beginning of my new-old book, “A Way to Garden,” out April 30, 2019 in revamped form a shocking 21 years after its first edition. New plants, new... Read More ›
Apr 24, 2019
April 2019 Ken Druse Q&A – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 22, 2019
00:25:26
Margaret’s new book: The latest podcast is special, because it’s a special time for me, just days from the 21st anniversary version of my first award-winning book, “A Way to Garden,” comes out in an all new edition. My longtime... Read More ›
Apr 19, 2019
Tim Wood on Great Shrubs – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 15, 2019
00:25:52
Great shrubs: So many shrubs, so little time. I’m kidding, sort of, but I think shrubs are a gardener’s best investment, and were the topic of conversation with long-time plant hunter and plant breeder Tim Wood, of wholesale Spring Meadow... Read More ›
Apr 13, 2019
Rick Wright on Sparrows – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 8, 2019
00:26:09
I’ve watched birds for decades, but in one matter, the matter of sparrows, I mostly took the lazy route, simply marking down “sparrow” in my eBird checklist whenever I saw a streaky little brownish bird, not trying to figure out... Read More ›
Apr 05, 2019
John Michelotti on Mushroom Growing – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – April 1, 2019
00:25:52
Mushroom growing: Have you ever grown mushrooms? Or perhaps they’ve just grown themselves in different parts of your garden at different moments of the season and you’ve wondered: why there, and why then? I know I do; I’m fascinated by... Read More ›
Mar 29, 2019
Katherine Tracey on Succulent Pots and Wreaths – A Way to Garden – Feb 25, 2013
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Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens and I talked about their nursery, and especially about working with succulent plants. I’m already dreaming about summertime containers, though the first flat of spring’s pansies won’t arrive in the local nurseries for a month.... Read More ›
Mar 27, 2019
Jenny Elliott on Cutting Garden – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 25, 2019
00:26:19
Cutting garden 101: The expression “cutting garden” sounds dreamy, laden with the promise of colorful flowers to harvest and bring indoors for bouquets in the months to come. But let’s get practical: like which of the many possibilities to grow,... Read More ›
Mar 22, 2019
March 2019 Q & A with Ken Druse – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 18, 2019
00:25:48
Thanks to your bountiful supply of Urgent Garden Questions, my friend Ken Druse and I are being kept busy. In our latest Q&A edition of my podcast, we’ll tackle how to plant groundcovers under established trees, and the gentle care... Read More ›
Mar 15, 2019
Karen Perkins on Epimediums – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 11, 2019
00:25:39
Epimediums: I will confess right off, I love epimediums, but apparently not as much as Karen Perkins, who boasts the largest selection of these choice perennial plants for sale in the United States. Though often thought of by gardeners as simply... Read More ›
Mar 09, 2019
Louis Bauer on Wave Hill Signature Plants – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – March 4, 2019
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Advice from Wave Hill: In my quest for a wider plant palette and for ideas on how to put plants together with confidence and a bolder hand, I asked Director of Horticulture Louis Bauer of Wave Hill, the renown garden... Read More ›
Mar 02, 2019
Timothy Tilghman on Hot Annuals at Untermyer – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 25, 2019
00:24:49
Hot annuals: Maybe you’re looking for fun new annual flowers for this year’s garden, fresh ideas for adding seasonal color to pots and beds. Whenever I visit a public garden, I see gorgeous plants I don’t recognize and also ones... Read More ›
Feb 23, 2019
Daniel Yoder on Root Crop Success – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 18, 2019
00:25:09
Growing Root Vegetables: Do you know what it takes to grow a perfect root vegetable? When I recently asked A Way To Garden’s readers and listeners what their most common seed-related issues were, one recurring theme came up that surprised... Read More ›
Feb 16, 2019
Ken Druse on Seed How-To – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 11, 2019
00:25:02
More seed how-to’s: How’s that seed shopping going? On the radio show and podcast, Ken Druse and I covered more of your seed questions, from which seeds to sow indoors versus out; outsmarting animals who gobble up direct-sown seeds; to... Read More ›
Feb 08, 2019
Uprising Seeds on Inviting Pollinators – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – February 4 2019
00:24:51
Pollinator plants: Native plantings are a giant part of the equation in supporting pollinators, but many other smaller efforts we can make with ornamental plants, and even the edibles we choose to grow, can add up, too. I was delighted... Read More ›
Feb 01, 2019
Sarah Kleeger on Gorgeous Grains at Adaptive Seeds – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 28 2019
00:24:29
Gorgeous grains: I’m currently captivated by thoughts of gorgeous grains and grain-like annuals adding drama to my upcoming garden, and at the same time potentially feeding me and my beloved bird friends. Sarah Kleeger, of Adaptive Seeds in Oregon, has... Read More ›
Jan 25, 2019
Seed Starting Q & A with Ken Druse – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 21, 2019
00:25:15
How to start seeds indoors: What seed-starting growing medium and other indoor propagating gear is best, from flats or pots to heat mats and lights–and what’s worth growing from seed, anyhow? How can we water seedlings the best way and... Read More ›
Jan 19, 2019
Tom Stearns on Lettuce – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 14, 2019
00:25:06
I don’t want my salad delivered in a plastic box or to pay a ransom price per pound either, meaning I want to produce homegrown as many months of the year as I can. Today’s topic is how to plant... Read More ›
Jan 12, 2019
Sonja Birthisel on Solarization – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – January 7 2019
00:25:19
Soil Solarization vs. Weeds: An article about soil solarization for weed control, the practice of covering beds or fields with plastic to keep down unwanted plants, caught my attention last summer. It was published on the Cooperative Extensions online home... Read More ›
Jan 06, 2019
Best-of Beneficial Plants and Insects – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 31, 2018
00:24:14
Beneficial Insects Best-of: What are insects thinking–or if that sounds like I’m anthropomorphizing, what at least are insects desiring? The more we humans seek pollinator connections in our gardens, and strive to create a piece of habitat and not just... Read More ›
Dec 28, 2018
Best Garden-Design Ideas of 2018 – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 24, 2018
00:21:55
Best design ideas 2018: The garden might be mostly sleeping where I live, but it’s not out of mind by any means. I keep going back to a couple of conversations that I had on my public-radio program and podcast... Read More ›
Dec 21, 2018
December 2018 Ken Druse Q&A – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – December 17, 2018
00:24:27
Flowering Houseplants and More: What really perplexed or downright frustrated gardeners in 2018? I asked that recently on Facebook and elsewhere, harvesting the final crop of Urgent Garden Questions for the year, and Ken Druse helped answer them as we... Read More ›
Dec 14, 2018
Leslie Halleck on Growing Under Lights – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Monday December 10
00:25:17
Indoor Plant Lights: My houseplants are sulking, whispering among themselves about “Why doesn’t that woman get us some more light in here?” And then before I know it, seed-starting season will begin with leeks and onions, but what’s the right... Read More ›
Dec 08, 2018
Ali Stafford on 2018’s Top Cookbooks – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Mon Dec 3
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Top 2018 cookbooks: Cookbook author and food blogger Alexandra Stafford of alexandracooks dot com and I have declared it so: The Twelve Days Of Cookbooks begins now, as in perfect gift picks for holiday giving. Last year around holiday gifting time, my... Read More ›
Nov 30, 2018
Native Plant Conservation with Robert Naczi – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 26
00:24:41
Native plant conservation: When you’re talking plants and not people, how do you figure out who lives where? You can’t send census takers door to door to get a head count, but doing so is a critical step in devising... Read More ›
Nov 23, 2018
Reduce Food Waste with the James Beard Foundation – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 19, 2018
00:24:27
  WASTE NOT COOKBOOK: Having been raised in the presence of a Depression-era grandmother who even went to college to study home economics, I have a built-in thing about food waste. So I was delighted to see a new cookbook... Read More ›
Nov 17, 2018
Innumerable Insects with Michael Engel – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 12
00:25:13
Innumerable Insects: Before I saw it myself, a reader alerted me that she’d come upon a new book I shouldn’t miss, called “Innumerable Insects.”  “I’m just a nurse interested in the world, not a biologist.” said Teresa in her kind... Read More ›
Nov 09, 2018
Vegetable Soup Ideas with Ali Stafford – A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – November 5, 2018
00:24:30
Vegetable soup ideas: Strange but true, though I’ve been following a vegetarian diet for decades already, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I finally mastered a really good version of vegetable soup. Now I’m gradually extending my... Read More ›
Nov 02, 2018
October 2018 Ken Druse Q & A – A Way to Garden with Margret Roach – October 29, 2018
00:24:51
Q&A: Clivia, chestnuts, staking–Yes, it’s us again, me and Ken Druse, here to answer your latest crop of Urgent Garden Questions. We covered topics as diverse as using landscape fabric (or not!); viburnum leaf beetle; blooming and then overwintering Clivia; artistic... Read More ›
Oct 27, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 22, 2018 – Pumpkin Recipes from Lucinda Scala Quinn
00:24:32
Winter squash: I’m mad about winter squash—about pumpkins—and so is my former “Martha Stewart Living” colleague Lucinda Scala Quinn, who you may know as author of the “Mad Hungry” cookbooks, and a former host of the PBS series “Everyday Food,”... Read More ›
Oct 20, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margret Roach – Oct 15, 2018 – Kathryn Schneider on Better Birding
00:23:56
Better birding: For a lot of us gardeners, our connection to birds perhaps started with, or maybe even still centers on, putting up the bird feeder. Kathryn Schneider, wants to nurture us to move from bird watcher to birder, and... Read More ›
Oct 12, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 8, 2018 – Eliot Coleman on Organic Growing
00:23:16
Eliot Coleman: What are our vegetable garden “pests” trying to tell us, and how can we move past the mindset of it being all about us against them, and knee-jerk interventions with some so-called “remedy” every time they show up?... Read More ›
Oct 06, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 1, 2018 – Dahlias with Roger Davis of Longwood
00:24:40
Late in the season, when all else in the flower garden is losing its head, dahlias are coming on strong and having their moment–not just in backyards, but at competitions around the country. The 52nd annual American Dahlia Society national... Read More ›
Sep 29, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 24 – Ken Druse Garden Q & A
00:24:59
Wonder how to get ready for the mad stash—just how to prep and where to put away all those tender plants to hopefully make it to next year? Or maybe you wonder about what went wrong with your hydrangeas if... Read More ›
Sep 22, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 17 – Tovah Martin on Senses and Seasons
00:24:34
We’re at a cusp—the coming of fall—and that is not a time to lament, but rather to take in what the new season and the one beyond it have to offer, each to its own. So says Margaret, and so... Read More ›
Sep 16, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 10 – Broaden Your Plant Palette with Andy Brand
00:24:13
Zen masters call it beginner’s mind, the state of being free from preconceived views and willing to learn—a state they encourage us to cultivate, though it can be disconcerting. Sometimes we’re thrown into that not-knowing mind by a change in... Read More ›
Sep 07, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Sept 3 – Grow Great Greens with Gayla Trail
00:24:57
  She doesn’t have greenhouses or even a giant garden, but Toronto-based Gayla Trail, a.k.a. You Grow Girl, has plenty of homegrown leafy greens to eat over a very long season—including some wild varieties I bet you’ve never tried. Last time... Read More ›
Sep 02, 2018
Garden questions with Ken Druse-A Way To Garden With Margaret Roach August 27, 2018
00:25:00
Who among us doesn’t have at least one Urgent Garden Question? This month on the public radio show and podcast, Ken Druse and I answered a diverse list of them: About fighting the parasitic vining plant called dodder. About why... Read More ›
Aug 25, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Oct 17, 2016 – Herb Salts and Vinegars: Preserving Tips with Gayla Irail
00:24:18
THE HARVEST IS FINALLY ACCELERATING, which got me thinking about a tool that’s as critical to success right about now as my mower and spade: the perfect canning jar.  One morning this week, over a cup of tea on Skype... Read More ›
Aug 21, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Aug 20, 2018 – Ellen Blackstone of BirdNote on the Diets of Birds
00:24:28
I spent much of the summer transfixed by this year’s pair of phoebes who nested on the back porch as usual, and from a favorite low perch just across the way from there, launched themselves repeatedly into mid-air to catch... Read More ›
Aug 18, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – August 13, 2018 – Craig LeHoullier on Top Tomatoes
00:24:47
I’ve been relishing a harvest of diverse tomatoes, though I only planted two varieties in my own garden this year. My virtual harvest in all colors, shapes, and sizes has been courtesy of Craig LeHoullier on Instagram, and he and... Read More ›
Aug 10, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – Aug 6 – Katherine Tracey on Late-Season Perennials
00:26:04
I had to talk myself off the ledge repeatedly through the last half of July and into early August. The trigger? A garden that looked pooped and a gardener that felt the same. With the right plants and tactical tricks,... Read More ›
Aug 04, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 30, 2018 – Ken Druse Q & A
00:26:23
From recommendations for unusual-shaped almost bonsai-like trees for the garden, to the subject of male conifer cones (yes, there are males and females!), invasive sweet autumn clematis, perfect paint colors for outdoor garden features, and even how to harvest, cure... Read More ›
Jul 28, 2018
Margaret Roach – A Way to Garden – July 23, 2018 – Dan Jaffe on Choosing Native Plants
00:25:23
WHAT MAKES a particular native plant a good choice for the home garden? And where can we look for clues into which natives will do best in our particular location and conditions?  Dan Jaffe is propagator and stock bed grower at... Read More ›
Jul 21, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 16, 2018 – Marietta O’Byrne on Underplanting
00:25:12
  When I talk about intermingling several plants to serve as a mixed groundcover, perhaps under trees and shrubs, I often refer to the idea as “making mosaics.” No surprise, therefore, that a new book called “A Tapestry Garden” caught... Read More ›
Jul 14, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 9 – Jane Hurwitz on Butterfly Gardening
00:25:50
Jane Hurwitz says that her mission is simply this: to get more of us to garden with butterflies in mind. I suspect that sounds like something you wouldn’t mind being nudged to do, or do more effectively. Jane Hurwitz is editor of... Read More ›
Jul 07, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – July 2 – Ken Druse Q&A
00:25:16
The latest crop of Urgent Garden Questions ranges from peonies that just didn’t bloom, to ants on peony buds and ants in flower pots, mosquitoes in water gardens, slugs in everything and more. Ken Druse and I teamed up to... Read More ›
Jul 01, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 25 – Ali Stafford on Cooking From the Garden
00:25:04
How do you grill vegetables to perfection? And what do I do with my garlic scapes, or the greens on all those radishes? And so many of the other extras of the garden, or perhaps from your weekly CSA share... Read More ›
Jun 23, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 18 – Christina King on Rose Rosette Disease
00:25:08
I don’t grow a lot of roses, just a few favorites, but birds plant the occasional multiflora rose seed here and there around the garden. One of the resulting seedlings looked really strange when I noticed while weeding in an... Read More ›
Jun 16, 2018
A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach – June 11 – Scott Freeman on Saving Tarboo Creek
00:25:10
Since I have lived full-time in a rural place the last decade, I find that probably not coincidentally, my reading list tends increasingly toward tales of the natural world. The new book “Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal... Read More ›
Jun 08, 2018