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Friday, January 17, 2020
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  • We have a family friend who has been all over the world as a photographer. On his visits home he loved to quiz the kids on geography and make up goofy quizzes such as “Name five things we eat all the time that our parents ...
  • Each year brings new varieties of shrubs and perennials to the market, sometimes in dizzying numbers. It’s confusing for a new gardener who wonders which variety to choose when starting a perennial border. I think the right approach ...
  • On the eve of the new year, as well as the new decade, most of us have resolutions in mind. The usual well-intended ones — eat more fiber, go to the fitness center, spend less time watching the news and more time out in the garden ...
  • When the swirl of celebrating and visiting becomes too much, you are hereby permitted to grab a handful of Christmas cookies and find a spot to escape and curl up with a new book, and lucky you — the crop of new cookbooks and books ...
  • Growing up, I believed that a tangerine or clementine placed in the toe of a Christmas stocking was a tradition observed exclusively by our family. As an adult I learned that this was in fact a widespread tradition that may have dated back ...
  • This is my favorite column of the year, when I get to suggest that readers go out and buy for their favorite gardeners all the goodies I’ve ever dreamed of having for myself. Yes, I did say “go out and buy,” as if I didn’t know that with a simple ...
  • Rosemary topiaries shaped like tiny Christmas trees are one of my favorite signs of the approaching holidays, right up there with the appearance of pomegranates, chestnuts and tangerines in the market. I was happy to bring ...
  • As I write this, on the run-up to the best holiday of the year, I still am uncertain of our Thanksgiving plans. The rest of my friends and relations are happily shaking out clean sheets for the guest beds or deciding whether whole-berry or ...
  • No, I’m not jumping the gun here, promoting Christmas trees and wreaths when the Halloween pumpkin has barely hit the compost bin. What I am talking about is holiday plants that will brighten up the indoors, now that true cold ...
  • In our household there are constant and mildly heated arguments surrounding an unlikely topic. Politics and religion? No problem. But celery? There’s a red flag subject. I maintain that it’s one of a well-stocked larder’s essentials....
  • With the first of the holiday triumvirate — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas — behind us, it’s time to take stock of your pumpkin supply. If you are thrifty (or miserly, some might say), you’ll have grown or bought the smaller ...
  • A friend who is new to gardening asked about how to keep a supply of greens on hand into the winter. He’d been listening to a broadcast about self-sufficient early settlers and how they used cold frames for this purpose. Since we’ve ...
  • While this has been a gorgeously lingering fall, cooling nights and glimpses of bare branches through the brilliant foliage all herald the close of the garden season here in northern New England. While many gardeners have cold frames ...
  • Even after statewide frost warnings, our garden, while looking dry and exhausted in many areas, continues to perform, offering raspberries and blueberries, peppers, a few lingering squashes and cucumbers. Beans and tomatoes ...
  • Even if I couldn’t see the trees along the roads, or lined up in orchards, with branches bent towards the ground under the weight of their fruit, other senses would tell me this is a stupendous apple year. Opening the door to let ...
  • These can be very hectic weeks in the garden, as we try to stay ahead of the inevitable first frost and keep as much of our hard-earned harvest as possible unscathed. As we race to bring in ripe and yet-to-ripen produce, kitchen ...
  • Don’t panic; while the time for fall bulb planting is fast approaching, there’s still time to do all those fall garden chores: digging potatoes and picking tomatoes, cutting back iris and peonies and digging some herb plants to bring inside....
  • Last winter in Florida I accompanied a friend as she took her trash and recycling to the neighborhood bins. I watched in stunned horror as she pulled an unrinsed jar of marinara sauce from her bag and deposited it in the glass recycling ...
  • With frost warnings beginning for northern Maine, the race is on to get the harvest in and put away for winter. This is the time of year I belabor one of my favorite food preserving dictums: Don’t just freeze garden vegetables; freeze meals ...
  • Home & Garden: Must-Have Accessories for the Woodstove
    Driving about this week I’ve seen some maples with a blush on their leaves, and the breezes carry the faint scent of ripening apples. It’s that time of year, when a mash-up of garden harvest and wood-related chores confirms that it ...
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