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Monday, May 21, 2018
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Dividing a bed of badly overgrown daylilies can be a daunting task, probably the reason our bed became so overgrown in the first place. While it’s recommended that division be done in the fall, after the lilies have finished blooming . . .
  • Driving up the Eastern Seaboard in early May, you meet spring head-on in Virginia. Redbud and dogwood bloom stand out against the acid green of newly leafed-out trees, while daffodils and tulips brighten the roadside rest areas. . . .
  • What? Not celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? You really should, for at least a couple reasons: this year it falls on a Saturday, so tequila can be judiciously consumed throughout the day; and after an endless winter and slow spring . . .
  • Home & Garden: The 50th Anniversary of Curbside Recycling
    It’s such an ingrained habit that I can hardly recall a time when I didn’t rinse out juice bottles and yogurt containers, flatten empty tissue and cereal boxes, and take reuseable cotton bags to the supermarket. Yet this year marks only . . .
  • When true spring weather finally arrives and windows are thrown open to the warming breezes, some of us — assuredly not me — think of cleaning. My former mother-in-law, already mistress of the world’s cleanest house, was a big . . .
  • I’ve spent most of the last three months helping to rehab a vintage hurricane-ravaged trailer in southwest Florida — so vintage that in tearing out floors and window trim we found damage not just from Hurricane Irma, but from her predecessor . . .
  • April can be very cruel, with its late snow squalls, and mud season to be endured before lilacs — or any spring blossoms — brighten the land. The strengthening sun will soon overcome the cold, but for inspiration while you wait . . .
  • I’m not even going to try to predict whether Easter will be temperate or freezing, but whatever the weather, it’s best to at least pretend it’s spring and serve some traditional recipes. You may wear a flowered bonnet and mud boots . . .
  • The days are longer and the sun stronger. The spring equinox officially arrived on March 20th, but the string of late snowstorms has thwarted gardeners who are eager to get out and get dirty. If you’re frustrated by the reluctant spring and . . .
  • With St. Patrick’s Day being the sole holiday to occur in March (Easter falls on April 1), it’s necessary to celebrate, whether you’re Irish or not. I’ve decided I’m not such a big fan of corned beef; it’s the sides — the soda bread and vegetables . . .
  • Wood — or the lack of it — has been on my mind lately, even before an article on Maine wood products appeared in my inbox, sent from Forests for Maine’s Future. We’re still in the process of post-Irma reconstruction, along with . . .
  • You’ve made it through the shortest days of winter and the misery of seeing a fat groundhog predict six more weeks of the same, and you’re coming into the home stretch in the race towards spring. But the winter blahs, sometimes . . .
  • While there are tantalizingly spring-like days now and then, the real deal is still a ways off, especially along the coast, where the bay keeps the breezes chilly. Nonetheless, your houseplants know spring is approaching and respond . . .
  • Even if you discount two major hurricanes, California wildfires and subsequent mudslides, there’s little doubt that the climate is undergoing a change. Smaller weather events include the extreme cold spells of this past January . . .
  • February has a couple of good things going for it — Groundhog’s Day and the Super Bowl spring to mind — but its chief attractions are its brevity (two fewer days to contemplate freezing rain and snow than other winter months) and . . .
  • We’re eating vast quantities of onions these days. I could say it’s because we believe that their health-giving properties help to ward off the flu or other viruses, but it would be untrue; it’s because the keeper Stuttgarter onions we rely on . . .
  • No, it’s not yet time to start seeds for sweet peas and morning glories. But it is the time to peruse the seed catalogs and select varieties you’d like to see in your garden this season because these are two annuals that are hard to . . .
  • Sixty-eight days of winter remain, and while not all of them will reveal a polar landscape at dawn and have temperatures dipping to 20 below, it’s still a long wait for those who want to start digging and planting. My advice: turn away . . .
  • We’re all eager to recycle that fresh Christmas tree: it’s too sad to strip off the glitter and ornaments and just kick it to the curb, especially if the tree is still green and redolent of pine. The possibilities for reusing your tree are legion . . .
  • Congratulations! It’s nearly January 1, and if you’re reading this, you’ve almost made it through a year of political insanity, wildfires and hurricanes. The solstice is behind us and days are getting longer: by the end of January we’ll have . . .
  • With only a few days remaining until Christmas, a last-minute stop at a good bookstore can yield the perfect gift for the gardeners and cooks on your shopping list, one that continues to give well into the new year. While there are . . .
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