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Sunday, September 27, 2020
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  • With nighttime temperatures regularly dropping into the 40s, it seemed like the haystack-like mounds of late-fruiting cherry tomato plants we ended up with this season should be dealt with before they were hit with frost, so we ...
  • While the country struggles with incredibly weird weather — California burns while Denver is buried in early snow — we seem to be experiencing less-weird but still weather-related garden anomalies ourselves....
  • Of all the late summer/early fall fruits, plums seem to be the most neglected, which is a shame, as they are delicious, versatile and easy to prepare. They usually don’t need peeling, as do peaches, and their pits are easily removed. When in season ...
  • Taking Stock: The calendar page has turned and there’s no getting around the fact that fall is approaching. Like other seasons in a gardener’s life, autumn is a busy one: in the vegetable garden there’s harvesting and preserving ...
  • Home & Garden: Garlic Report
    Despite the vagaries of the weather at the start of the season — too cold, too hot, too dry, too windy — crops are catching up, with a flood of squashes and cucumbers only slightly slowing as nights become cooler. Tomatoes hang red and ...
  • Driving or walking through the late-summer Maine countryside, the yellow masses of goldenrod are a standout, with its spires waving above the other wildflowers, the Queen Anne’s lace, black-eyed Susans, yarrow, tansy ...
  • Gardening is like an affair between two passionate but disparate beings: In the beginning you, the gardener, pour your love into the garden and sometimes it’s returned tenfold. Other times, not so much. Feeling rejected, you ask ...
  • For several summers I’ve relied on some homemade devices to keep the pots that line our doorsteps happy and watered while we travel for a few days. For the most part these DIY waterers, made from recycled plastic bottles ...
  • The gardening season is in transition by late July, at the point where we spend as much time harvesting, eating and preserving as planting, weeding and maintaining. Or at least that’s the ideal scenario. Berries are ready for the freezer ...
  • As if it’s not bad enough to be under threat of pestilence, this year we have an unusually high number of pests in the garden. Pestilences, be they bubonic plague, Ebola or coronavirus, are by their very description epidemic diseases ...
  • The Fourth of July has never been my favorite holiday. Rather than associating it with barbecues and family outings to the beach or lake, it reminds me of how quickly summer is beginning its slide towards autumn. But a quick trip ...
  • By this time, if you’re growing garlic, you’re seeing tiny, snake-headed scapes curling up from the center of the plants. Conventional wisdom dictates cutting off the scape, thus encouraging the plant to direct its energy to increasing ...
  • 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 ...
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