The Literary Gardener

Let Us Sow Some Lettuce This Month – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – February 2017

I eat a lot of salad, so I derive particular pleasure from growing some of the lettuces I consume. There are so many varieties to choose from: crispheads, butterheads, looseleafs […]

Keep Gardening All Winter by Growing Plants Indoors – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – December 2016/January 2017

“At Christmas, I no more desire a rose Than wish a snow in May’s newfangled mirth; But like each thing that in season grows.”
–  William Shakespeare, “Love’s […]

Autumn is for Layering – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – November 2016

“Using the proper layering techniques is essential for providing necessary warmth and comfort during the chilly days of fall and winter.”  ~ Miss Rich, fashionista and blogger, January 2013

When I […]

Symposium Set to Fuel Winter Gardening Dreams – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – October 2016

“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in fall is missing the best part of the whole year, for gardening begins in January with the dream.” ~ […]

When Less is More: Tips for Garden Watering – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – September 2016

“Water is the vehicle of Nature.” ~Leonardo da Vinci, “Codex Atlanticus” c.a. 1600

The great “Renaissance Man,” Leonardo da Vinci, was obsessed with water. Over and over again he drew water—flowing, […]

A Gardener’s Take on Shakespeare – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – August 2016

Here’s flowers for you;
Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram;
The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun
And with him rises weeping: these are flowers
Of middle summer, and I think they are […]

How Plants Deal with Heat – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – July 2016

“Heat, ma’am! It was so dreadful here that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.”
~ Wit and Wisdom […]

Capture the Magic of Growing Container Garden Crops – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – June 2016

“Gardening in a small space shouldn’t restrict your ideas…Accept the challenge and discover new possibilities!”
~Philippa Pearson, Small Space Garden Ideas, 2014

When I was a little girl, I created a sitting […]

Growing Pains in the Garden: What Our Plants are Telling Us – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – May 2016

“If you really want to draw close to your garden, you must remember that you are dealing with a being that lives and dies, like the human body with its […]

Language of the Flowers: A Long Journey Traveled by Plants and People – by Rhonda Nowak

The Literary Gardener – April 2016

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with the […]