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It's that time of year...thinking about seeds for next years garden.

Hello Everyone.

There are many things to love about this time off year. It's time to kick back and savor the splendor of the harvest; the brilliance of the fresh snow; and the smell of winter squash baking. This week, I'm planting paperwhites in small pebbles, geraniums fill every window, and the Cymbidium orchid is in full bloom. Gardening is clearly a year round love affair.

In Vermont, it was a late fall, with only a light frost in October that took out the tender tomatoes and beans. The hardier annuals such as calendula, anise hyssop and ground hugging nasturtiums thrived until the end of the month, producing flowers for the bees. Snow fell early, freezing the soil before I could plant all of the bulbs. A lesson to remember for next year.

As the garden comes to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the success and failures, make notes and possibly plan out a new garden design. I'm excited to announce a new program: Kitchen Garden Design Workshop in my Vermont garden. If you are considering changing up your garden, simplifying the design or making a new addition to your edible landscape, this workshop is for you.

If this sounds like something you'd like to try, contact me and I'll send along details. You can also learn from my on-line design class in the comfort of your own home. To make the most of this quieter season, here's a quote from Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

As Always,
Ellen Ecker Ogden
Author and Lecturer



I'm thrilled to announce my new website design. Please take a peek and let me know what you think. Recipes, design school, books...all the stuff I love.

Forever grateful to my friend and fellow garden writer, Margaret Roach, for her expert guidance during this transition. Be sure to check out her informative blog Away to Garden. Buy her new book!



As gardeners, it's hard to move indoors after being so active outdoors. I miss the taste of food pulled from the ground, the feel of easily twisting off a dahlia from its stem, and the fragrance of an apple dropped from a tree at the peak of ripeness. As fall draws to a close, I'm taking notes about things that still connect me to the garden: (Promise, no affiliate links)

Planting indoors this month: Paperwhite bulbs.
Favorite recipe to make as a gift: Carrot Orange Marmalade
Favorite indoor plant: Cymbidium Orchid (see my instagram).
Second favorite indoor plant: Lemon Verbena
Thinking about: The book Overstory by Richard Powers
Favorite new skin care: Cultivate Apothecary Botanical Oils
Next year's garden plan: Visit more Garden Conservancy gardens
Currently reading: Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey ( a food memoir)

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"The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway." --Michael Pollan

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