Author archives: P. Allen Smith

P. Allen Smith: Homegrown Berries

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Visit any farmers’ market this month, and you are sure to see quarts of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries lined up on tables, ready for buyers to take home.   find these fruits absolutely irresistible, and the only way they taste better than what’s available from local farmers is when I can eat them fresh out of the garden. Thanks to new[...]

P. Allen Smith: Container Gardens

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I’m only answering one question this month, but it’s a hot topic: designing container gardens to withstand a typical Arkansas summer. Photography by Jane Colclasure and Mark Fonville   you braved the garden centers yet? Things began to get hectic in early March, and now shoppers are hitting the nurseries full tilt before summer arrives in earnest,[...]

P. Allen Smith: Daffodils

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This month I’m dedicating my column to my favorite harbinger of spring: the daffodil. Photography by Mark Fonville and Hortus LTD     a signature bloom at Moss Mountain Farm where we have planted more than 300,000 bulbs. Even when March weather is being fickle — balmy one day and snowing the next — I can always count on the sunny faces of daffodils t[...]

P. Allen Smith: Q&A - Planning for Spring

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Raise your garden glove if you are ready for spring! Photography by Jane Colclasure and Mark Fonville   love all the seasons, but by January I’m itching to get my hands in the soil to start gardening. While I might not be able to do any digging this month, I can plan so I’m ready to go on those sporadic warms days we typically experience in Februa[...]

Pumpkin Johnny Apple Cocktail Recipe

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Whether I’m serving this drink at an intimate get-together around the fireplace or at a festive autumn party, this refresher is always a hit. Prep time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 minutes Serves: 2 • 7 ounces of unfiltered apple juice • 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree* • 1 teaspoon honey • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract • ¼ tea[...]

Easy Fresh Pumpkin Puree

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For recipes that call for puree, skip the canned stuff and prepare your own with pumpkin picked fresh from the patch. If you didn’t include pumpkin in your garden this year, pay a visit to your local farmers’ market or check your area for a “U-pick” farm. Once you have your pumpkin, start by rinsing the exterior in cool water. Cut the pumpkin in half with[...]