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Monday, August 2, 2021
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  • So is it wet or dry? Should you water or wait? Sometimes it’s hard to know
  • The ups and downs of the early season, including the cold spell during early planting, a heat wave with accompanying prolonged dry spell, and a plague of flea beetles, didn’t faze the perennials, which have never been more beautiful....
  • This summer’s heat is breaking records, but summer birthday parties, strawberry festivals, picnics and family celebrations are once again on our dance cards. Celebratory meals call for special desserts, but it’s too hot for baking ... 
  • Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language,” said Henry James. We had our first taste of a real summer afternoon this past week: warm enough for ...
  • While the post-pandemic economy is waking up again, I’ve experienced some unexpected gaps in the garden supply chain. Last year, seed and seedling purveyors were caught off-guard by the demand fueled by an increase in ...
  • If the recent period of extreme heat left you feeling less than enthusiastic about gardening, you’re not alone. Around here, the excitement that usually accompanies the filling of planters and windowboxes and setting transplants out ...
  • I’d like to not think about watering at all. I recall a time in the not-so-distant past when one could plant a garden, water-in seedlings until they’d recovered from transplant shock, perhaps pay a bit of attention to newly germinated seeds ...
  • I’ve been reading Jessica Walliser’s “Plant Partners,” a book both beautiful and useful, given to me for Mother’s Day, and my head is swimming with all the information detailed in it. Most of us gardeners have some ideas on how to ...
  • Our rhubarb plants, now waist-high, are beginning to send up seed stalks. It appears that some rhubarb plants are more prone to flowering than others, with old-fashioned varieties reported to be heavy seed-stalk producers. Since our ... 
  • The first day we pulled up to our prospective home on Vinalhaven, we looked out over the grassy area that would become our garden and spotted a large deer beating a hasty exit through a bordering hedge. A portent of things to ... 
  • Foraging for the triumvirate of spring edibles — fiddleheads, ramps and dandelions — is in full flood. While we haven’t found any fiddleheads or ramps, dandelions, the most accessible of greens, have been on the menu for several ...
  • Even though spring seems to be progressing nicely — daffodils and tulips blooming, dandelions popping up, robins yanking worms from the grass — the flip-flopping temperatures stressed our dwindling wood supply to the point where ...
  • Recent snow showers found me rummaging in the bottom of the coat closet for boots I’d optimistically discarded in favor of sandals. Even the dog was less than eager to be out for her morning walk . . .
  • Chive plants are small but mighty. I think of them as the Cinderella of the herb garden: asking little in the way of care, humble, not too showy, but lovely in their own way, especially when sporting their pinky-purple blossoms ...
  • As much as we look forward to the bounty of summer vegetables, it would be a sorry garden that had no cutting flowers to bring inside along with edibles. Even my no-frills Italian grandmother, with 10 children . . .
  • Brightly decorated eggs and egg hunts are a part of celebrating Easter, even though the tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime predates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility ...
  • Spring’s strengthening sunlight reveals a winter’s worth of accumulated flyspecks, cobwebs and dust bunnies, waiting for that first warm day when doors can be thrown open and eradication begun with a vengeance — in some households ...
  • Warmer days and signs of spring such as the return of redwing blackbirds and evening grosbeaks to the feeder inspired dreams of greening lawns and thawing soil, but a return to plunging temperatures put a stop to them temporarily....
  • The old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” is pretty accurate, according to meteorologists, especially if you live south of the Dakotas and east of Wyoming. The month of March usually starts out feeling winter ...
  • My daughter asked recently whether some “Freckles” lettuce seeds she’d saved from last year’s plants would breed true. A quick check of some seed-saver sites brought up further information on the variety, an open-pollinated ...
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