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Steve Aitken

Steve Aitken is the Editor-in-Chief at Fine Gardening magazine.

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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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    When Nothing Is Really Something

    I have been accused of hating beautyberry. Looking at the amazing varieties in Andra Windorf Nus’s article (Beautyberry: Fall’s Most Fantastic Shrub), one might be hard-pressed to defend such an…

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    10 Small Plants to Grow Now

    The front garden where my property hits the road had enough of a slope to make mowing the grass a little iffy. Like any good gardener, I thought, “Why grow…

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    3 Ways to Use Short Plants

    When it comes to creating cohesion and a sense of harmony in your garden design, bigger is not necessarily better. While short plants can serve a variety of functions in…

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    Is Plant Passion a Problem? | Letter from the Editor

    I’m not saying I have an obsession with ground covers, but I am certainly very passionate about them. Of course, it is someone else’s fault, the guilty parties in this…

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