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Sunday, October 17, 2021
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  • Whether you’re new to gardening or a veteran, you’ve probably noted that the joy of growing your own flowers, fruits and vegetables comes with a price tag; the cost of soil supplements, water (if you are on a town- or ...
  • While technically speaking fall has begun, it hasn’t yet been cold enough to warrant a nightly fire. But a dip down into the 40s, in combination with the desire to try out the smart new log carrier that replaced our threadbare ...
  • With fall officially here and flower beds in various stages of shaggy disarray, there are no perennials more beautiful than hydrangeas, which, even when fading and drying, remain stars in the autumn border. When other flowering ...
  • Planning to purge relentlessly on a recent fall cleaning spree, I dragged a bloated folder from the recesses of a desk cubbyhole. Spotted and stained, it was chock full of recipes I’d collected over decades, until the internet made ... 
  • Home & Garden: The Garlic Cycle
    It’s very satisfying to survey one’s harvested crops as they dry before storage, when the fruit of a summer’s labor is spread out for all to see. We have a screened porch that is a perfect spot for onions to dry and we watched as their ...
  • Home & Garden: The Compost Brigade
    The low roar of lobster boats heading out of the harbor wakes me before dawn on a fine morning that is, I fear, the start of summer’s last hurrah. With nights cooling down, ground fog hangs low over beds of lush perennials and ...
  • Home & Garden: A Visit to Ardelia Farm
    Driving the back roads of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in late August is a delight for gardeners who revel in peeks at flourishing gardens where sunflowers nod over fattening cabbages, heavy-laden tomato plants stand ... 
  • Think of a cottage garden, with its herbs, flowers and vegetables jumbled together in happy chaos, and the one plant that, in my mind’s eye, stands out is hollyhock. Nothing I’ve planted this year has made me happier than the hollyhock ...
  • While others had been giving away excess cucumbers, we patiently waited for the first of ours to ripen, and I’m happy to report that after the recent spell of hot steamy weather we had not one but two that grew to eating size....
  • On our return home after a five-day trip, a stroll through the vegetable garden was high on the to-do list, right behind unpacking and tossing in some laundry. There was actually no strolling through the tangled mass that is the ...
  • Whether you pick your own, rake your own, or buy them from roadside pop-up vendors or your favorite farmer, Maine blueberry season is in full flood. This year, as with many crops, berries began ripening about two weeks earlier ...
  • So is it wet or dry? Should you water or wait? Sometimes it’s hard to know
  • The ups and downs of the early season, including the cold spell during early planting, a heat wave with accompanying prolonged dry spell, and a plague of flea beetles, didn’t faze the perennials, which have never been more beautiful....
  • This summer’s heat is breaking records, but summer birthday parties, strawberry festivals, picnics and family celebrations are once again on our dance cards. Celebratory meals call for special desserts, but it’s too hot for baking ... 
  • Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language,” said Henry James. We had our first taste of a real summer afternoon this past week: warm enough for ...
  • While the post-pandemic economy is waking up again, I’ve experienced some unexpected gaps in the garden supply chain. Last year, seed and seedling purveyors were caught off-guard by the demand fueled by an increase in ...
  • If the recent period of extreme heat left you feeling less than enthusiastic about gardening, you’re not alone. Around here, the excitement that usually accompanies the filling of planters and windowboxes and setting transplants out ...
  • I’d like to not think about watering at all. I recall a time in the not-so-distant past when one could plant a garden, water-in seedlings until they’d recovered from transplant shock, perhaps pay a bit of attention to newly germinated seeds ...
  • I’ve been reading Jessica Walliser’s “Plant Partners,” a book both beautiful and useful, given to me for Mother’s Day, and my head is swimming with all the information detailed in it. Most of us gardeners have some ideas on how to ...
  • Our rhubarb plants, now waist-high, are beginning to send up seed stalks. It appears that some rhubarb plants are more prone to flowering than others, with old-fashioned varieties reported to be heavy seed-stalk producers. Since our ... 
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