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Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • It's almost here — that new beginning for all of us. Whatever mistakes were made in the garden this past year — bad choice of varieties, crops untended, too little or too much water — they're all behind us and covered, for the most part . . .
  • How fortunate for the delinquent Christmas shopper (count me in) that the gardeners on their list are easy to please. With only two days left until Christmas, you can still put together a gift you'll be proud to place under the tree . . .
  • There's a lot to love about this time of year: favorite carols, the smell of fresh balsam fir greens, and those flavors that mean Christmas - almond, orange, ginger. It's not too late to make up some last-minute gifts for friends and neighbors . . .
  • Our first really hard, ice-on-the-puddles frost arrived just in time for Thanksgiving. Until then, cool-weather crops were thriving, but with this frost tips of some uncovered greens were damaged while others were fine. . . .
  • If you're a consumer of one of the 46 million turkeys eaten at Thanksgiving, which is approximately 736 million pounds of turkey, then soup should be on your post-holiday menu. In our house we use the turkey carcass to make soup that will . . .
  • The New Maine Cooking, new when it was first published in 1987 and now republished by its author, Jean Ann Pollard, still has a lot to offer today's cooks. When it first came out it was following in the very large footsteps of Molly Katzen's . . .
  • If botany texts were all as interesting and informative as Rebecca Rupp's How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables, more of us would probably go on to receive degrees in the sciences. . . .
  • Yes, the recent snowstorm took gardeners by surprise — one day picking a late bouquet of zinnias, roses and marigolds, the next scraping windshields and shoveling walks. A friend bragged about his season-spanning trifecta in which he mowed
  • Sustainable or locally grown food is not on the list of dining options in most major travel hubs in the United States; a plastic-sealed sandwich is a more likely selection. But Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is changing that with the. . .
  • As a child, I always ate my vegetables: most children who grew up back in the antediluvian '50s did eat their vegetables or they weren't permitted to leave the table. (I should further explain that back then, dinner was served at a table . . .
  • A prime example of "Do as I say, not as I do" is my repeated advice to keep a garden journal. I often start out strong, but once the gardening season really takes off and there are never enough hours in the day to keep up with things . . .
  • A string of rainy days reminds us of what autumn is all about on the coast: chill fog, the first fires, a hankering for hot soups and sweet desserts. Things are winding down rapidly in the garden: squashes and pumpkins harvested . . .
  • Of all the fruits and berries that can be foraged in Maine, from June's wild strawberries on through huckleberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, none is more satisfying to gather than wild apples, to smell the . . .
  • Last week I wrote about a recipe to deter marauding voles that were eating our beet crop. I simmered up a bunch of incendiary dried Thai chilis, then strained the liquid into my watering can, mixed in some Murphy's Oil Soap and additional . . .
  • While the need for weeding, deadheading and watering of the garden eases up in these early-autumn days, it's still a busy time, what with harvesting, bed cleanup and planting of perennials. Add to this list mowing of lawns . . .
  • Golden early-autumn light slants over the garden at the end of the day now, painting sunflowers and the last of the herbs and vegetables with liquid gold. Beautiful to look at, but demanding one of the last efforts of the season . . .
  • Too many cucumbers has never been a predicament around our house; all of us, including the dog, eat them with gleeful abandon. But that was before the perfect-storm combination of a good cucumber growing season and choosing . . .
  • There was a time when fall planting in midcoast Maine meant spring bulbs and perennials, but with the advent of so many products to extend the vegetable planting season — from spunbonded fabric coverings like Reemay to . . .
  • Whether you use them in a betty or buckle, grunt or slump, pandowdy, cobbler, crisp or clafouti, the berries of late summer - blueberries, huckleberries, raspberries and blackberries - await you in farmers' markets and roadside tangles . . .
  • On one of my first mornings on Vinalhaven I woke at dawn to see a very large doe browsing in the hayfield that was to become our garden. It wasn't a complete shock, as I'd seen fresh deer scat in the grass during the . . .
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