Backyard Stories

Every garden has a story, and that's why we created Backyard Stories. Explore our collection of real-life gardening tales told from the backyards of gardeners we know and love, featuring all the ups and downs, trials and errors, hits and misses, and more.

  • Cubed carrots on a wooded cutting board
    I am so used to being a vegetarian that I forget how extraordinary it is that no meat or poultry has passed my lips for . . .
  • Celery growing in a garden
    When it comes to vegetable gardening, sometimes I question my sanity. I claim to grow my own veggies because they taste better and are less . . .
  • A woman lies on her back in the grass surrounded by fluffy dandelions
    It’s not often that we focus on the sounds in the garden. As a writer, I am generally busy describing visuals about plants, with perhaps . . .
  • Looking up at tall pine trees against a blue sky
    I love trees more than any other plants. That’s why I planted about 250 trees on my land in France. When I returned to France . . .
  • A hoop house held down with bricks is covered in a light dusting of snow
    When I first began my growing journey, I was determined to create the best garden possible. Though my small backyard limited the number of plants . . .
  • Trees in autumn viewed through a window from a white room
    As with all gardeners I’m sure, I feel a little sad when my perennials stop blooming, my last hardy annuals give up after a hard . . .
  • A gardener in gloves prunes a tree with blue pruning shears
    I’m a gardener but not much of a pruner. Don’t get me wrong. I do prune some, when it’s necessary, but other than that I . . .
  • A gardener holds two halves of a divided hosta
    Managing perennials is one of the many ongoing chores of gardening. By their very nature, they keep going, which means after a period of time . . .
  • A woman in yellow smelling a rose against a yellow background
    The beautiful, natural smells of plants is one of the reasons I love to garden. Yes, a garden can be visually stunning, but for me, . . .
  • Roots and flowers of Jerusalem artichokes
    As a former culinary professional, I have had lots of experience with unusual foods. I was also very near a huge, popular farmer’s market which . . .
  • Purple flowers in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
    It’s always hard to know when to call it quits. Gardening is so much more than a hobby, and, to many of us, it is . . .
  • Yellow beets
    In the last few years, I’ve noticed an increase in the availability of so-called specialty vegetables in my local grocery stores. From purple carrots to . . .
  • Monstera plant in a vase on a table
    I love my houseplants. I mean seriously adore them. Many of them are decades old and have been moved to a few new homes. They . . .
  • Two whole jicama and one cut in half
    In my past as a chef, I got to discover lots of foods that I hadn’t seen when growing up. These discoveries, and the problem . . .