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Sunday, June 16, 2019
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  • Sharing a garden always means compromise. My partner and I come close to fisticuffs right there in between the rows, each of us certain our method of (choose one) weeding, hoeing, seeding or building a raised bed is the only correct ...
  • I’ve read that, post nuclear holocaust, the only survivors will be cockroaches. I believe that not only is this possible, but they will probably be joined by insects of all kinds, to judge by the total dominion that blackflies, mosquitoes and ticks ...
  • Father’s Day Art and Food at Savage Oakes
    Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, 175 Barrett Hill Road, Union, will host a festival showcasing local food and art on Sunday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Over the course of the last two damp and rainy weeks, rhubarb has slowly, painfully inched its way up into harvestable stalks, finally taking its rightful place among the bounties of spring: dandelions, fiddleheads, ramps and asparagus ...
  • Fiddleheads, that fleeting spring delicacy, were in evidence everywhere last week, with foragers gathering them in ditches and on the banks of brooks and markets selling them by the pound. While I like the idea of fiddleheads ...
  • I’m sitting across the kitchen island from my youngest daughter when she slides some small charcoal-black lumps over to me. “Try it,” she says. “It’s black garlic.” I nibble a clove. It’s darkly sweet, like a dried fig or licorice, slightly tart ...
  • We met up with spring somewhere in Virginia, as we headed north from subtropical southwest Florida and up through the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the trees were fully leafed out last week, dogwood and redbud in glorious bloom....
  • Winter’s glacial snow and ice have finally receded, leaving lawns looking weary and bedraggled. It’s tempting to run out and grab a rake to begin tidying up, but patience is in order here. Whenever possible, you should stay off the lawn ...
  • In the holiday triumvirate of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, it’s Easter that most lends itself to brunch. It can easily follow church services or an Easter Egg hunt and will end early enough to let you poke around in the yard, looking for ...
  • If you’re a faithful keeper of a garden journal, or wish you were better at recording your thoughts and observations, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, teaming up with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant ...
  • Tell people you’ve spent most of the winter in Florida and they picture sun, surf, and theme parks. But I’ve spent the last five winters in a 1950s fish camp, which, come to think of it, is a theme park of sorts. It’s a marina with a collection ...
  • This past Sunday was Maine Maple Sunday, and while I am not around to slog through the mud to partake of any maple treats, my thoughts are filled with all things maple, especially since my son, who works for the largest syrup producer ...
  • Two years ago I found five Earth Grow boxes at a yard sale in Florida. For those unfamiliar with this gardening system, these boxes look like large plastic window boxes but come with a plastic screen that fits inside, creating a ...
  • Forget the corned beef or Irish stew, the Guinness stout cake or green desserts. This year we’re going with lots of bacon, cabbage and potatoes for Paddy’s Day recipes, with one lamb dish tossed in for good measure....
  • It’s likely that many gardeners first became interested in growing a plant from a seed when they stuck some toothpicks into a giant avocado pit, set it over a jar of water, and watched as its roots snaked downward and a stalk stretched ...
  • Planning for and dreaming of the upcoming garden season makes the lingering winter and slow spring go by a bit faster, especially when thinking about flowers — their colors and textures, their wonderfully differing scents. There’s also ...
  • When buying snacks before the recent Super Bowl (such a snore!) I found the ultimate in politically correct chips. The bag containing Forager Project’s Cheezy Greens described its contents as free of gluten, dairy and corn, non-GMO ...
  • 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. . . .
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