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Sunday, February 17, 2019
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  • Starting your own garden seedlings is practical on many fronts: getting the exact variety you want, knowing how well the young plants were raised and cared for, having so many plants you can swap with friends or give to a neighbor ...
  • When the wind chill reaches minus 20 or worse, it’s time for something chocolate for your Valentine. You can purchase gourmet truffles or perhaps an avocado toast white chocolate bar, but the best choice is a treat made right at home. . . .
  • There are more than four seasons if you live in Maine, or just about anywhere in northern New England. There are the traditional four — summer, fall, winter, spring, and there are the add-ons such as mud season and Indian summer. . . .
  • It’s possible that I’m the last person on the planet to not be cognizant of forest bathing. On the off chance that others may be in the dark, I thought a bit of information on the subject would be of interest, especially to gardeners, who find . . .
  • Last week I?discussed flower seeds new to the market this year, primarily additions to the cutting garden. This week, I’d like to share some varieties that would be colorful additions to an edible landscape as well as in a pollinator garden. . . .
  • Nothing chases the winter doldrums away like flowers. A bright bouquet on the kitchen counter, a sweet-scented flowering houseplant or a trip through a greenhouse to breathe in some moist, earth-scented air all seem to lighten . . .
  • The past year, with unprecedented wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and windstorms, was a discouraging one. The report by 13 federal agencies, released in late November, warned that by the end of the century the . . .
  • If you’d like to combine a kids’ craft project with making some last-minute gifts, birdseed cottages, ornaments or pine cones make a good project for an afternoon. These gifts for bird lovers are inexpensive to make and, tied with some . . .
  • Gardeners are easy to shop for any time of the year: many of the items they need are used up, worn out, or have gotten to the stage where they should be thrown out before the next season. A recent rummage through my own basket of . . .
  • No matter how many iPads, Kindles or smartphones are found under the tree on Christmas morning, a book is always welcome, a still center in what can be an over-amped day of celebration. Who could resist the urge to pocket . . .
  • While no one leapt up from our Thanksgiving table to rush out to the pre-Black Friday sales, there was some desultory conversation involving gifts and shopping. I wish I could buy everyone on my list a live green or blooming plant to bring . . .
  • My favorite post-Thanksgiving snack? Wing tips. I just love chomping on those dried-up bones, nibbling off a few crispy bits from ones that escaped the stock pot. Around here you have to move fast to get a bone to gnaw on, as the . . .
  • Thanksgiving is such a straightforward holiday. It’s pretty much all about the food. No gifts, no costumes, no parades or coloring eggs. While it’s true that if you have guests it’s also about clean sheets for the guest room and at . . .
  • By now, temperatures are regularly dipping below freezing and cold autumn rains with (gasp!) even a snowflake or two mixed in make venturing into the garden less than appealing. But if you haven’t cleaned up all your spent perennials . . .
  • With one pumpkin-studded holiday behind us, and one coming up later this month, it’s an excellent time to figure out a way to incorporate some of that carotene-rich vegetable into some recipes. Whether you’re ready to eat those small . . .
  • When fall foliage has peaked, it’s time to plant the garlic. If the pungent allium is a commonly used ingredient in your kitchen, you owe it to yourself to grow some, even if you have but a tiny patch of ground in which to do so, because . . .
  • As I write this, it’s still possible to step outside and pick annual flowers for a modest bouquet. A few zinnias, marigolds, dianthus and petunias withstood autumn rains and threats of frost, but their days are sadly numbered. . . .
  • For many, autumn is their favorite season. They relish the crisp mornings, brilliant foliage, bundling up in sweaters and all things pumpkin and apple. For others of us, it’s a melancholy time; we say good-bye to the gardens we’ve faithfully . . .
  • This summer I experienced one of the biggest disappointments in my life, right up there with finding out there’s no Tooth Fairy. On a blisteringly hot afternoon at a New Jersey gas station, while my partner filled the gas tank I ran inside . . .
  • With apple season in full swing, bags filled with bright red orbs are lined up outside both supermarkets and farm stands. Signs pop up with directions to pick-your-own orchards, and for those of us lucky enough to live in the country, an early . . .
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