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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:53 AM
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 . . .
  • No pressure, but there’s just under a hundred days left until Christmas. Fortunately, with the bounty of the garden available to us, we can get a jump on some gourmet gifts from the kitchen. I feel a bit foolish churning out lots of jars of relish when . . .
  • Its clouds of white blossoms cover acres of ground, tumbling over the banks of streams and verges of roads. It’s possibly the world’s most invasive plant — nickname “Godzilla weed” — allegedly responding only to massive doses . . .
  • Yesterday I sat in the darkened parking lot of a big-box store that was closing for the night. As employees gathered up shopping carts, joking and calling to each other over the rattle of wheels, I looked over at the dim glow of the garden . . .
  • Home & Garden: Desperately Seeking Tulips
    In Texas it’s bluebonnets. The Southwest, golden poppies. Magnolias and azaleas do it for Dixie, and ferns and hellebores the Pacific Northwest. But if it’s spring in Maine, there must be tulips. Deer may munch them, chipmunks nibble the . . .
  • This is it, the final days of abundance from the garden, the time we’ve waited for all season, when beans and summer squash, tomatoes and cucumbers, peppers and corn can be picked until we stagger under the weight of the overflowing . . .
  • Maine has many agricultural fairs, as well as the absolutely unique Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. Common Ground remains in a category all its own, sponsored since 1977 by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association . . .
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