Author archives: P. Allen Smith

Gearing Up for Winter in the Garden

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by P. Allen Smith | Photography by Mark Fonville t’s hard to believe that the end of daylight saving time is already here. It seems like just yesterday we were springing forward. Now it’s dark by the time I get home from work, so my time in the garden is really limited. Fortunately, there isn’t much on my to-do list other than a few final tasks before win[...]

Make a Pumpkin Planter with P. Allen Smith

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If you love the fall tradition of decorating with pumpkins, you’ll enjoy this great way to get maximum usage out of harvest time’s favorite gourd. Why not use a pumpkin as a vessel for veggies, herbs and flowers to get your money’s worth? Creating a Pumpkin Planter This pumpkin planter is perfect for composting after it has lost its luster. I have found[...]

The Right Tools for Successful Gardening

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ou wouldn’t use a hammer to install a screw, would you? Just like tools in the garage, garden tools have specialized uses. Using the wrong tools or low quality tools can make a simple garden task last hours, and not produce the end results you were looking for. Good, sturdy tools can last a lifetime and make your time in the garden that much more enjoyable. [...]

Recipe: Tomato and Red Pepper Salsa with P. Allen Smith

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Recipe courtesy of Arkansas-based Chef Michael Selig. Photo by Mark Fonville. ‘Red Pride’ Tomato and ‘Majestic Red’ Pepper Salsa Ingredients 1 'Red Pride' tomato 1 'Majestic Red' bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped Juice of 1/2 lemon Juice of 1/2 lime 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 1 tablespoon garlic, mi[...]

Recipe: Berry White Wine Spritzer from P. Allen Smith

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In the last days of summer, all we want to drink is this spritzer from P. Allen Smith. Berry White Wine Spritzer This refreshing spritzer is made with white wine and mixed berries of your choice. Ingredients 1/4 cup mixed berries 4 mint leaves, torn juice of 1/2 lime 1 tablespoon stevia (optional) 4 ounces white wine 4 ounces club sod[...]

P. Allen Smith: A Breath of Fresh Air

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I just love bringing the outdoors in. Having plants in the house makes me feel connected to Mother Nature even when I can’t get outside. And houseplants are a simple way to add instant vitality to any room! The “greening” of indoor spaces is taking off, as more people want to exercise their green thumbs without having a garden. What’s great about housepla[...]

Go Wild with Native Plants

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When establishing Moss Mountain Farm, preserving the native landscape was at the forefront of my mind. I always recall a quote from English poet Alexander Pope when I begin to build or design: We should first “consult the genius of the place.” To me, that means understanding the land and working with its inherent properties. This can also mean considering n[...]