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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • New Year's resolutions don't have to be of the new-diet-more-exercise-stop-smoking variety. Here are a few suggestions for gardeners' resolutions for 2015. You may remain chubby and possibly a bit flabby, but they'll make . . .
  • As lovely as a fresh tree is on Christmas Eve, lights shimmering, ornaments reflected in their glow, it's a different picture a week or so later when, stripped of its finery, it becomes a sad, twiggy shadow of its former self. Even when water . . .
  • Once the drifts of wrapping paper are cleared away, the dinner leftovers consigned to the refrigerator and guests heading home, the lucky gardener who received a nice fat book — one with pages and that new-book smell . . .
  • Exchanging cookie platters is almost mandatory during the holiday season in our area. Filling a festive paper platter with as many as a dozen kinds of cookies - gooey bars with shortbread bases, bourbon balls, nut crescents . . .
  • It’s getting tougher every year to find Christmas gifts, for children, that aren’t (choose one) made of plastic; based on the most recent Disney animation; a junior-grade computer or smartphone; or made up of a thousand tiny pieces. . . .
  • White is the color of winter: white snow, already covering the land in some areas, white ermine and snowshoe hares, white marshmallows melting on hot chocolate. White is also the color of some of the least used and most flavorful . . .
  • There may be a few misguided families who will chow down on lamb with mint jelly for Thanksgiving, but for the rest of us it's inviolable tradition all the way: roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and weird stuff like sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, green bean casserole with funky cream of . . .
  • We're talking today about planting amaryllis for gifts during the upcoming holiday season, but don't panic: despite the fact that Christmas advertisements are already clogging the airways, you still have time to enjoy a few weeks of sanity . . .
  • Given the recent snow, it's a bit late to write, as I'd originally planned, about getting bird feeders ready for winter; it's already here. But there will still be time to prepare for a long season of feeding the birds that stay in the north all . . .
  • Winds roaring across the Dakota hills are rocking our tiny camper at sunset. We're back in central South Dakota for two weeks of pheasant hunting (pheasant spotting in my case), but I consider the 1,900-mile drive a tour of bigger . . .
  • If you want to know when to plant garlic, just monitor the fall foliage: When most of the leaves are on the ground, it's time to plant. In fact, rake those leaves, grind them up with a chipper or your mower, and you can use . . .
  • It's been a long time since I've made a terrarium, but hanging around in the woods this past week while loading cut firewood brought me into contact with so many perfect woodland specimens that I wanted to bring them all home and preserve . . .
  • After our recent protracted Indian summer with its temperatures in the high 70s, more seasonal frosty mornings and chilly evenings are a relief. Cooler temperatures also mean fall cooking can ramp up, with heartier stews and . . .
  • When selecting fall bulbs of daffodils and tulips for spring bloom, why not try adding a few dramatic alliums to the mix? These tall lollipops, with heads that resemble chive blossoms on steroids, are, like chives, members of the . . .
  • Home & Garden: Tulip Roulette
    There's a remarkable amount of color in the landscape right now. As the foliage yellows and browns, fall blooms stand out more vividly; witness the glowing asters that populate the roadsides. The nasturtiums that are climbing throughout our vegetable garden glow like neon at dusk, as do the morning . . .
  • The deer have been sneaking under their favorite apple tree, the one with clear yellow fruit, for their pre-dawn snacks. Rising early, we can usually see two or three large does gliding in and out under the low-hanging branches . . .
  • It's coming, that time many gardeners dread, when nights grow cool and frost threatens. It's hard to say goodbye to those huge frilly coleus, the peppers still sprouting dozens of blossoms and tiny fruits, all the herbs that give summer meals an extra burst of flavor. But while nighttime temperatures still hover in . . .
  • As a garden writer I am guilty of giving short shrift to one subject: lawn care. And yet, lawn care is probably the one garden activity practiced by millions of homeowners on any given week during the growing season - this despite their having very little knowledge about how lawns grow. I am one of these millions . . .
  • Home & Garden:  Putting Food By for Winter
    Among the deluge of catalogs that one outdoor outfitter sends our way is one I can't resist poring over, titled "Garden Harvest." If you want a camo-print vacuum sealer for freezing your excess garden produce or a dehydrator with . . .
  • Yes, Christmas is coming, in just four months. Why not get a running start on the holiday season and prepare some infused vinegars using herbs from your garden? Basil, parsley, dill, thyme, rosemary and other herbs are at their peak . . .
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