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Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Chocolate and February are made for each other: with Valentine's Day smack in the middle of the month, you have the perfect excuse for trying one chocolate recipe after another in pursuit of the ultimate treat for your loved ones. . . .
  • In a new study published by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health (I want to say "duh" here, but won't). For Geoffrey Donovan, a research forester at the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest . . .
  • As reported in The Free Press last week, bills to ban the importation of corn-based ethanol in gasoline are being proposed in the upcoming Maine Legislature. One of the bills' sponsors, a farmer, blamed ethanol for driving . . .
  • It really does all start now. Although snow, alternating with rain and ice, might make next year's garden seem like a mirage, now is the time to plan, peruse seed catalogs, get tools together and start early seeds. Storey Publishing . . .
  • We have family and friends in the South, and in the past a visit to or by them has resulted in a gift of grits — stone ground and packaged in neat little cotton bags. We brought them home with the best intentions of using them . . .
  • If there were one New Year's resolution I'd make on behalf of everyone, it would be "Have More Fun in the New Year." Bearing this in mind, a good place to start would be reading Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard . . .
  • Late December is the time to stay inside where it's warm, dreaming about next year's garden while perusing the new seed catalogs, but when warmer daytime temperatures occur, it's possible to spend a little time in the garden or its . . .
  • Dear Santa (you know who you are); This year I'm not even going to pretend that the gifts I suggest for gardeners are for the people on my list. They're for me, me, me, and what pleases me will probably please many others. . . .
  • Anyone circling the earth's oceans in a submarine or locked deep inside an Antarctic ice cave might be oblivious, but the rest of us are well entrenched in Christmas madness. If you'd like to keep a lower carbon footprint this season, plant . . .
  • If you'd like to be remembered for the Christmas gift you give a fellow gardener, a rosemary plant, while not as showy as a poinsettia or amaryllis, is a good choice. Right about now the aromatic herb is appearing in garden centers . . .
  • It's contagious. You overhear two neighbors bragging about their near-complete Christmas shopping or a friend appears in the ferry line with a roll of Christmas wrapping paper sticking out of her tote bag, and instantly you contract . . .
  • Things are slowing down in the garden now, not just because temperatures are dropping but because of the shortened day length. This year is the first that we've tried using cold frames in our garden to extend the salad greens season . . .
  • Thanksgiving, that most benign of holidays, requires no house decorating or gift buying, yet while once a low-pressure event, it's not as simple as it formerly was. These days, guests can have a number of dietary requirements that preclude . . .
  • Havoc reigned over the land last week, with snow in West Virginia and hurricanes along the Eastern Seaboard, but the day before Superstorm Sandy made landfall I was visiting a friend in northern Vermont. There, it was 65 degrees and sunny, with only the slightest evidence that frost had visited their gardens, and my 5-year-old granddaughter ran around barefoot in the grass.
  • This is an annual column, in which I plead with people to save their jack-o'-lanterns and eat them, right down to the very last morsel. This applies to the smaller pumpkins, especially the Connecticut Field kind, which have sweet . . .
  • After a trip to the higher elevations of the White Mountains this weekend, it's good to be back in the middle of fall foliage again. I drove through Grafton, Dixville and Crawford notches, where the trees have been stripped bare . . .
  • Home & Garden: Massaged Kale, Beet Cake — Not Your Average Fall Veggies
    I try to keep up with the latest and greatest food trends, but massaged kale somehow slipped under the radar until my daughter mentioned how good it is. When kale is rubbed, or massaged, its cellulose structure breaks down and wilts . . .
  • Fall is a perfect time to think about changes you'd like to make in the garden. While cleaning beds of spent plants or late weeds or raking leaves, there's time to look at what's there and imagine where you'd like to be in future seasons. . . .
  • Maine is fortunate in having a good apple harvest this year. Those in other areas of the country, Michigan in particular, were not so lucky. Farmers and orchardists there often grow multiple types of fruit trees as insurance against loss . . .
  • The Bad and the Ugly: It's only natural that gardeners suss out other gardeners — while waiting for a bus, standing in the grocery checkout line, or in my case, sitting in the dentist's chair — and exchange information about the latest triumphs . . .
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