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Saturday, July 4, 2020
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  • Home & Garden: First, You Grab a Chain Saw ...
    If I were asked to choose a hobby that ranked among the most intense, rock climbing or sky diving might first come to mind. But I’d be wrong: after spending a recent week with my family I’d have to put baking sourdough ...
  • The signs are out at roadside stands and farmers’ markets: strawberries. Nothing more need be said. For a few glorious weeks we’ll be able to buy or pick berries whose juices flow with every bite. Since the season is short, many ...
  • Here it is, mid-June, and onions are on my mind. This is not normally the case, as in my experience onions fall into the plant-and-forget category. But not this season: this year we had a case of Mysteriously Missing Onions....
  • It doesn’t seem to matter whether the temperature is 40 or 80 degrees, the skies cloudy or sunny: bugs will continue to bug you. Whether it’s attacks on seedlings by slugs, snails, cutworms or flea beetles, a garden is the scene ...
  • Any time is a good time to introduce a young child to gardening, but this season there are more reasons than ever. No school, no summer camp, and curtailed outdoor events have left parents with lots of kid hours to fill, even ...
  • Among the many events canceled this year is the annual Rhubarb Fest held in Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Held at the Kitchen Kettle Village, which started in the 1950s as a jam and relish business and expanded to 42 shops ...
  • As I write this, no one knows what a new normal will be, but if it includes some of the skills that quarantined cooks have newly discovered, that normal could look more like 1970 than 2020. Back then, many young people (myself included) ...
  • The tuber treat I’m referring to here is not a potato but, rather, the tuberous root of a dahlia plant. We’ve all been so focused on growing food during the last couple of months that we need to remember to plant some flowers – and ...
  • Now, more than ever, if you don’t have the time or space for a traditional, full-bore vegetable garden, it makes sense to incorporate some edible pants into your landscape. While it’s true that some vegetable plants like tomatoes ...
  • Home & Garden: Every Yard Deserves a Tree
    The planting of a tree is an act of optimism, one every homeowner or gardener should consider when the future looks uncertain. Trees in the landscape or perennial border offer spring bloom, summer privacy and shade, variety in ...
  • Every human event on the planet has been postponed or rescheduled, but spring creeps up the coast on schedule. Friends in Pennsylvania have already virtually shared photos of their gardens: redbud trees showing their first tightly ...
  • Of the many things I never thought I’d be doing on a fine spring morning, reading directions for the sewing of surgical masks and caps is at the top of the list, a list that also recently included making disinfectant wipes and hand ...
  • Panic buying has now spread from toilet paper to seeds, according to the latest reports from suppliers like Johnny’s, in Albion, Maine, and others, all of whom have seen a huge uptick in orders, with many varieties back-ordered ...
  • There was a time when Florida didn’t seem that distant from Maine. A three-hour flight or a three-day drive and you’d exchange the sleet and freezing rain or driving snow of a New England winter for blanketing heat and tropical ...
  • Garden-related activities may be the most effective stress-relieving options open to us in these scary times. Although you may be feeling stir-crazy with young and restless children at home who have disrupted school routines ...
  • Venerable St. Patrick’s Day Parades were canceled from Dublin to Boston, but that’s all the more reason to celebrate at home with some traditional Irish food. We hardly need an excuse to eat some fresh green vegetables in the form ...
  • Once you’ve decided which seeds you want to start and when to start them, you need to choose a seed-starting method. Look in any garden center or many seed catalogs and you’ll find a wide choice, ranging from self-watering ...
  • When it comes to starting your own seeds, there are pros and cons. On the pro side, a packet of seeds is relatively inexpensive. You’ll get many, many more plants from seed than you could buy at the garden center. This is not ...
  • While planning and ordering seeds for the upcoming gardening season can lift spirits in the middle of a cold and snowy February, having a bit of indoor greenery to fuss over and tend is even better. A few indoor herbs in pots or containers ...
  • We finally got around to doing a side-by-side taste test of traditional versus nouveau burgers or, in everyday parlance, a Whopper vs. an Impossible Whopper. I was predisposed to liking the latter, as some of my family members ...
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