Author archives: P. Allen Smith

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[...]

Modern Take on Traditional Living

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What's Old is New Again You don’t have to have 40 acres and a mule anymore to be a homesteader. Now it’s as simple as growing your own herbs in a windowsill or small garden. As more and more people desire a connection to what they are putting in and on their bodies, a new trend has emerged—modern homesteading. This way of life can range from living [...]

For the Love of Eggs

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ou don’t have to have 40 acres and a mule anymore to be a homesteader. Now it’s as simple as growing your own herbs in a windowsill or small garden. As more and more people desire a connection to what they are putting in and on their bodies, a new trend has emerged—modern homesteading. This way of life can range from living completely off the grid to put[...]

Sharing My Favorite Southern Gardens

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By P. Allen Smith ’ve been fortunate enough to visit the gardens of far-flung locales, across oceans and continents, but the Southern garden speaks to my soul unlike any other. Botanical gardens are wonderful for inspiration, as well as for discovering which flowers, shrubs and trees resonate with your personal aesthetic. The United States has a bounty [...]

Backyard Berry Growing

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By P. Allen Smith   o my delight, growing your own food has become increasingly popular in recent years. More and more backyard gardens are springing to life as the trend grows, and my research shows berry plants are one of the top selections.     Fortunately, berries are easy to grow and don’t require much space. With a lit[...]

Winning At Winter Garden Design

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hen winter is upon us and the garden goes quiet, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the successes and mistakes of the previous year. Once you’ve finished pondering your wins and losses -– ideally with a slice of pie and hot coffee in your hand -– it’s time to plan for the future. I love to do that by thinking about garden design. Take a bird’s-eye view [...]

Inspiring Holiday Decorating

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By P. Allen Smith :: Photography by Mark Fonville     hough I’m an advocate for “bringing the outdoors in” year-round, the holidays are the best time to celebrate that idea. It’s a brighter and more festive time of year, a time for molding live greenery into wreaths, garlands and centerpieces, and then, the pièce de résistance, bringing [...]

Apple Adaptability

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By P. Allen Smith :: Photography by Mark Fonville     If you’re thinking of planting apple trees in your yard, it’s time to think small. The apple tree industry has been trending towards dwarf varieties for a few years now, says Arlie Powell of Petals from the Past and professor emeritus at Auburn University. Powell has advised fruit [...]

P. Allen Smith: Growing Pears

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Apples have always been more popular than pears. I’ve often wondered if Eve had eaten a pear instead of an apple would that still be the case? Photography courtesy of USA Pears   the poor pear may not be associated with Christendom, like apples, they can be baked in tarts, preserved in jars, or paired with cheese and eaten raw. And this time of ye[...]

P. Allen Smith: Fall Lawn Care Tips

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There’s something about fall that energizes me to get out and garden again after enduring our long, hot summers. Photography by Mark Fonville   the cool breezes start to blow at nightfall, they bring with them a calming sense of renewal. The grass starts to green up again, fall-blooming perennials load up with buds ready to burst, and my vegetable[...]