Steve Aitken

Steve Aitken is the editor at large at Fine Gardening magazine.

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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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    The Collector’s Trap – Letter from the Editor

    My wife was stunned when I told her I wasn’t a plant collector, at least not like Frank Fitzgerald, whose beautiful garden was featured in Issue #188 of Fine Gardening…

  • South Regional Reports

    South: April Garden To-Do List

    Sow seed. You can direct sow easy-to-grow flowering annuals and vegetables. Some easy flowers to grow from seed include marigolds (Tagetes spp. and cvs., annual), zinnias, (Zinnia elegans, annual) sunflowers…

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    Edible Garden: Better Tomatoes

    When it comes to growing tomatoes, everyone wants to grow the first, the biggest, and the most. And while growing tomatoes isn’t that hard, numerous pitfalls and setbacks can beset…