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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Click on the headline above to access the archive for Georgeanne Davis’ “Home & Garden” column.
  • As much as we look forward to the bounty of summer vegetables, it would be a sorry garden that had no cutting flowers to bring inside along with edibles. Even my no-frills Italian grandmother, with 10 children . . .
  • Brightly decorated eggs and egg hunts are a part of celebrating Easter, even though the tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime predates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility ...
  • Spring’s strengthening sunlight reveals a winter’s worth of accumulated flyspecks, cobwebs and dust bunnies, waiting for that first warm day when doors can be thrown open and eradication begun with a vengeance — in some households ...
  • Warmer days and signs of spring such as the return of redwing blackbirds and evening grosbeaks to the feeder inspired dreams of greening lawns and thawing soil, but a return to plunging temperatures put a stop to them temporarily....
  • The old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” is pretty accurate, according to meteorologists, especially if you live south of the Dakotas and east of Wyoming. The month of March usually starts out feeling winter ...
  • My daughter asked recently whether some “Freckles” lettuce seeds she’d saved from last year’s plants would breed true. A quick check of some seed-saver sites brought up further information on the variety, an open-pollinated ...
  • The lengthening days (8 hours and 57 minutes on January 1; 11 hours and 13 minutes on March 2) and strengthening sun give us some hope that spring is on the way. So do fragile green seedlings stretching toward the light....
  • If you’ve been thinking of starting your own seeds indoors, this is the perfect time. Thanks to quarantines and lockdowns, winter has seemed interminable, and any new project involving soil and green growing plants ...
  • Whether you’re a veteran gardener with a greenhouse and many years of seed-starting experience or a novice who’d like to try raising a few select plant varieties from seed, a key to raising robust plants is in your starter ...
  • It’s been a year for celebrating holidays in new ways, and Valentine’s Day will be no exception. Fortunately, a quick trip to the local market will yield all the supplies you need for an at-home celebration centered around chocolate. You can ...
  • Today is Groundhog Day, when a furry rodent meteorologist, Punxsutawney Phil, determines if an early spring or prolonged winter will ensue, depending on whether or not he sees his shadow. It brings to mind the film ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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