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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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  • We finally got around to doing a side-by-side taste test of traditional versus nouveau burgers or, in everyday parlance, a Whopper vs. an Impossible Whopper
  • Home & Garden: The Not-So-Sweet Story of Chocolate
    Chocolate, the eternal gift of choice for Valentine’s Day, has been considered an aphrodisiac since the time of the Aztecs — said to contain substances that inflame desire and make the beloved more open to romance. In olden days ...
  • A new book about plantswomen, “The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants,” by Jennifer Jewell, is a collection of profiles of women involved with horticulture. An extension of Jewell’s podcast ...
  • Walk into a commercial greenhouse on a sunny day in January and you’ll be hit with a wave of warm, humid air with aromas of warm soil and flowering plants, a heavenly antidote to the dry, heated air inside our houses. While you ...
  • Since the new year has just begun, you still have plenty of time to plan and dream about next year’s garden. In addition to looking at new plants and seeds, it’s a good time to take stock of your tools and think about adding to ...
  • 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 ...
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