Lee Reich

Lee Reich, PhD, is an avid “farmdener” (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. He worked in plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University before turning his attention to writing, lecturing, and consulting on various aspects of horticulture. His books include A Northeast Gardener’s Year, The Pruning Book, Weedless Gardening, Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping With Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally.

  • Growing Peaches and Nectarines

    How to Grow Peach and Nectarine Trees

    Maria called me one August day to come and visit her and her fig trees. Originally from Italy, Maria is very short, very sturdy, and 80-something years old, and soon…

  • small space garden

    4 Ways to Get More Veggies From a Small Space

    Today’s vegetable gardens may be Lilliputian compared with those of yesteryear, but new techniques return more bang for the buck in terms of space used and energy expended. Traditional gardens…

  • tomatoes and seeds

    How to Grow Tasty Tomatoes From Seed

    A long-standing myth among tomato lovers is that home-grown tomatoes taste the best. But it’s the variety of the tomatoes that actually influences the taste, not whether they’re grown on…

  • How-To

    3 Myths About Soil

    Being mostly hidden from view makes soil mysterious, and over the years, a fair share of soil myths have been generated. These falsehoods have overstayed their welcome because, first, they’re…

  • How-To

    The Four Things You Need to Know About Soil pH

    Lee Reich explains what pH is, what it does, how to adjust it, and why to monitor it

  • shrubs

    How to Easily Make More Shrubs

    Layering, an easy propagation technique, is a three-step process that lets the plant do most of the work

  • lettuce
    Kitchen Gardening

    Lettuce in Every Season

    Start it early, sow it often, and eat it all year

  • How-To

    To Stake or Not to Stake

    Most trees don't need staking. So how do you know when to stake and how to do it right?

  • How-To

    Amendments that Can Give Your Soil a Boost

    A gardener's guide to wood ashes, greensand, rock phosphate, soybean meal, gypsum, sulfur, alfalfa meal, and epsom salts

  • Pruning Clematis

    Pruning Clematis

    When they bloom determines when to prune