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Steve Aitken

Steve Aitken is the Editor-at-Large at Fine Gardening magazine.

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    A Fool and His Garden | Letter from the Editor

    I can vividly recall a certain day from second grade. I was trying to make an ice fort for my GI Joes out of the contents of a huge jar…

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    How to Create an Easy Water Feature

    If you have ever been to a garden with a water feature, then you know how charming it can be. Water features create a quiet, contemplative mood in any space.…

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    Ideas to Spruce Up Your Shade

    Two of the ways gardens often come together are by trial and error and by chance. If you ask Barbara Weissman about the garden she and her husband, Fred, have…

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    Dahlias Don’t Ask Much | Letter from the Editor

    Sometimes I don’t notice things until someone points them out. Then I can’t stop noticing. I used to love Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” until a friend mentioned that…

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    It’s Just Business | Letter from the Editor

    I love pollinators, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there is the whole help-plants-set-seed-natural-process-healthy-environment thing, and that is great. But I love pollinators because they are all…

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    Addressing COVID-19 as a Gardening Community

    I didn’t want it to be like this. For years I have wished for more time at home to tend to my garden. I have that now, but all I…

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    Splurge Story | Letter from the Editor

    Personally, I can’t connect with our article “Splurge Plants". From what I understand, avid gardeners can go a bit overboard when buying plants. I don’t ever do this, but I…

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    Plant Collecting | Letter from the Editor

    I have a bit of a collecting problem. As a kid I was always collecting things: matchboxes, pins, rocks (gotta get ’em all!). I would shift focus with regularity, and…

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    Seed Starters Make the Best Friends | Letter from the Editor

    Myths and fairy tales are often grounded in reality, so when I hear the story of Jack swapping the family cow for a couple of magic beans, it rings true.…

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    Some Good Advice That You Can Skip

    If you’ve never revamped your containers for a fall display, you really should. I did it last year, and everyone thought it (and by extension, I) was amazing. The truth…

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