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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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  • The old-time dairy farmers I once knew in Vermont always said they aimed to have half their hay still in the barn by February. By this calculation, we have just about reached the midpoint of winter, but as this has been a mild one ...
  • During a long and often overcast New England winter — especially this one with its attendant miseries: pandemic, economic hardships and social unrest, not to mention wildfires, hurricanes and drought — cooking comforting and ...
  • Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital will hold the following virtual events in the coming weeks:

    A free Alzheimer’s disease support group for those who have loved ...

  • Once the Christmas tree has gone out the door, along with the greens from mantels and centerpieces, a house so recently filled with outdoorsy foliage and spicy scent seems stark and bare. With months to go before snowy ...
  • Like the rest of the world, the garden industry was turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Somewhere around 18 million new gardeners rose up like weeds in a vacant lot and caused an interruption in seed supplies in early ...
  • We’re always a bit last-minute when it comes to holiday planning. Our tree and lights never make an appearance much before the week before Christmas, and while it would feel very secure to have a freezer full of cookies ...
  • Sure, it’s late for shopping and this is a scaled-back holiday for most of us, but there’s still time to give your favorite bookstore a call and ask for curbside pickup of a book to lift the spirits of your favorite gardener and cook. Here are ...
  • As I watched the last full moon rise up, huge and cheesy-white through bare winter branches, I was pulling the last of the turkey soup out for dinner. “That’s the soup moon,” I mused, “the one that rules over short, dark days before ...
  • We’re not hosting family and friends during the holidays, but we still host a backyard gathering place for the birds. Bird watching and feeding have increased dramatically this year, as many are feeling confined and turn ...
  • The annual transition from garden-fresh greens and tomatoes to purchased ones is a shock. One minute you’re knee-deep in home-grown produce, the next consigned to expensive selections that have sometimes traveled a ...
  • Home & Garden: How Lo(cal) Can You Go?
    For several good reasons, I’m planning to make Thanksgiving dinner this year with only locally produced foods. Make that “mostly” locally produced: we have’t found an olive or coffee bean that can be grown in Zone 5, so I’m making an ...
  • Just as masks and hand sanitizer are the new normal in the time of COVID, wild swings in weather are the new normal in the time of climate change: it’s hard to know if a hard frost will be followed by 70-degree days or several inches ...
  • You’ve put away the ghosts and ghouls, torn the cobwebs from the door. But you don’t have to consign the Halloween jack o’lanterns to the compost. If you carved them at the last minute and they remain sound, with no slime or mold ...
  • The autumn landscape has pared down to dark spires of evergreens dotted with bright spikes of gold here and there along with many grey branches. Days are shorter, temperatures cooling. If ever there was a time to think about ...
  • While I may have come late to the party — the sourdough party, that is — I’ve been churning out handsome, nutritious loaves of homemade bread for more than 40 years. Living in rural areas meant markets were a long drive away ...
  • Planting garlic in early October and harvesting it in early August is pretty standard practice in northern New England. Garlic is one of the easiest vegetables to grow — and one of the most satisfying. Buying bleached, desiccated ...
  • While rummaging through some old cookbooks recently, I came across a 25-year-old Rodale gardening book titled “Great Garden Shortcuts” and started paging through it. I don’t recall ever seeing this publication before, so it must have ...
  • Home & Garden: End-of-the-Garden Eats
    With heavy frosts threatening we had an end-of-the-garden evening meal, enjoying digit-sized summer squash, spinach and green beans, our enjoyment all the more fervent as we were saying goodbye to our favorites for the season....
  • With nighttime temperatures regularly dropping into the 40s, it seemed like the haystack-like mounds of late-fruiting cherry tomato plants we ended up with this season should be dealt with before they were hit with frost, so we ...
  • While the country struggles with incredibly weird weather — California burns while Denver is buried in early snow — we seem to be experiencing less-weird but still weather-related garden anomalies ourselves....
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