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Thursday, December 12, 2019
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  • This is my favorite column of the year, when I get to suggest that readers go out and buy for their favorite gardeners all the goodies I’ve ever dreamed of having for myself. Yes, I did say “go out and buy,” as if I didn’t know that with a simple ...
  • Rosemary topiaries shaped like tiny Christmas trees are one of my favorite signs of the approaching holidays, right up there with the appearance of pomegranates, chestnuts and tangerines in the market. I was happy to bring ...
  • As I write this, on the run-up to the best holiday of the year, I still am uncertain of our Thanksgiving plans. The rest of my friends and relations are happily shaking out clean sheets for the guest beds or deciding whether whole-berry or ...
  • No, I’m not jumping the gun here, promoting Christmas trees and wreaths when the Halloween pumpkin has barely hit the compost bin. What I am talking about is holiday plants that will brighten up the indoors, now that true cold ...
  • In our household there are constant and mildly heated arguments surrounding an unlikely topic. Politics and religion? No problem. But celery? There’s a red flag subject. I maintain that it’s one of a well-stocked larder’s essentials....
  • With the first of the holiday triumvirate — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas — behind us, it’s time to take stock of your pumpkin supply. If you are thrifty (or miserly, some might say), you’ll have grown or bought the smaller ...
  • A friend who is new to gardening asked about how to keep a supply of greens on hand into the winter. He’d been listening to a broadcast about self-sufficient early settlers and how they used cold frames for this purpose. Since we’ve ...
  • While this has been a gorgeously lingering fall, cooling nights and glimpses of bare branches through the brilliant foliage all herald the close of the garden season here in northern New England. While many gardeners have cold frames ...
  • Even after statewide frost warnings, our garden, while looking dry and exhausted in many areas, continues to perform, offering raspberries and blueberries, peppers, a few lingering squashes and cucumbers. Beans and tomatoes ...
  • Even if I couldn’t see the trees along the roads, or lined up in orchards, with branches bent towards the ground under the weight of their fruit, other senses would tell me this is a stupendous apple year. Opening the door to let ...
  • These can be very hectic weeks in the garden, as we try to stay ahead of the inevitable first frost and keep as much of our hard-earned harvest as possible unscathed. As we race to bring in ripe and yet-to-ripen produce, kitchen ...
  • Don’t panic; while the time for fall bulb planting is fast approaching, there’s still time to do all those fall garden chores: digging potatoes and picking tomatoes, cutting back iris and peonies and digging some herb plants to bring inside....
  • Last winter in Florida I accompanied a friend as she took her trash and recycling to the neighborhood bins. I watched in stunned horror as she pulled an unrinsed jar of marinara sauce from her bag and deposited it in the glass recycling ...
  • With frost warnings beginning for northern Maine, the race is on to get the harvest in and put away for winter. This is the time of year I belabor one of my favorite food preserving dictums: Don’t just freeze garden vegetables; freeze meals ...
  • Home & Garden: Must-Have Accessories for the Woodstove
    Driving about this week I’ve seen some maples with a blush on their leaves, and the breezes carry the faint scent of ripening apples. It’s that time of year, when a mash-up of garden harvest and wood-related chores confirms that it ...
  • Blue skies and blueberries. That pretty much says it all about the best of summer in Maine. We’ve had a lengthy stretch of blue skies recently, and wild blueberry vendors can be found roadside up and down Route 1, from Portland to Belfast. ...
  • Although it pains me to acknowledge it, high summer is on its slow slide into late summer. A faint blush appears on green apples, bright spikes of goldenrod and tansy glow along the roadsides, and uncut fields are as tawny as lion ...
  • Leave your garden behind for a week of vacation and you never know what you’ll find upon returning: rabbits could have nibbled the lettuces, a bear breached the electric fence, or gusting winds blown over corn plants. None of the above ...
  • One of the joys of walking a dog in summer is ambling along through the succession of wildflowers that bloom along the roadside. Lupines start the show in spring, with black-eyed Susans and daisies giving way to Queen Anne’s lace ...
  • We ate the last of our root-cellared potatoes a week ago. You have to be intrepid (or very cheap) to want a potato so badly that you’d plunge an arm into a box filled with a tangle of white, hairy sprouts to retrieve the underlying goodies ...
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