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Steve Aitken

  • Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

    Episode 17: Dwarf Shrubs with Big Impact

      These space-conscious wonders are low-care and have good looks, too What do we mean when we say "dwarf shrubs?" After all, the dwarf version of a 75-foot tall conifer…

  • Notes from the Test Garden

    Are we having fun yet?

    When gardening, it is tempting to want to jump the gun and just to get to the fun stuff. We have six out of eight beds dug, and I am…

  • Design

    The Power of Balance

    Use this essential design principle to create a garden that looks good and feels right

  • How-To

    Build a Rustic Tuteur

    Branches, glue, screws, and string are all it takes to put an informal spin on this classic structure

  • How-To

    Taming Your Tomatoes

    For healthier plants, better fruit, and fewer headaches, choose a stake that suits your needs

  • Article

    The Experts’ Top Ten

    Find out which plants they think a garden shouldn’t be without

  • Design

    Fir vs. Spruce vs. Pine: How to tell them apart

    Telling the difference among conifers can be tricky. To me, they are all Christmas trees. But calling them such doesn’t really mark me as a discerning gardener. There is, however,…

  • How-To

    How to Build a Garden Tuteur

    Are you looking for a structure for your vines to climb on? You can build your own rustic garden tuteur in an afternoon, and all you need are branches, glue,…

  • How-To

    Drip Irrigation Basics

    Steve Aitken, editor of Fine Gardening , explains the components and shows you how to assemble and deploy them into a custom system that will bring water directly to your…

  • How-To

    How to Start a Vegetable Garden: Planting Out

    So you're wondering how to start a vegetable or kitchen garden? Not to worry. Our seven-video series, "How to Start a Vegetable Garden," will help you get your first veggie…