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Notes From the Garden: Pulling Back the Plants as the Weather Cools

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The first column I wrote, in fall 1998, was about putting the garden to bed. Since then, I’ve written steadily, 52 weeks a year, and I still love it. The nature of gardening is such that I can write a column a little ahead of deadline and take some time off, so that I can, for example, go hike the Chemin de St Jacque de Compostelle in southwest France. Here …

Notes From the Garden: Fermenting the Harvest for Flavor and Health

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Many people believe that fermented foods — sauerkraut, yogurt, sourdough bread, for example — are better for you than other foods. For thousands of years people have fermented foods as way to preserve them, and scientists today note that fermenting foods can increase their content of vitamin C, thiamine and niacin, among other nutrients. Fermented vegetables help to promote a healthy gut and …

How to Give Cans of Old Paint the Brush Off

Sunday, September 20, 2015

If you look in almost any homeowner’s garage, you’ll probably find a half-empty paint can or two. We know we can’t pour the leftover paint down the drain — which would contaminate the water treatment systems — and we can’t toss it in the trash without risking environmental damage and potential harm to the sanitation workers. So how do we get rid of …

Time to Prepare: Winter’s Coming

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It’s that time again. Time to think about getting ready for winter. Some trees are showing signs of changing color. Vegetable gardens are winding down. Summer flowers are finished with their blooms, and even fall flowers are beginning …

Septic System Workshop Scheduled in Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — A free septic system workshop is set for Sept. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon at River Valley Technical Center, 307 South St. Designed for the layperson, the class will cover how septic systems work, tips for protecting and maintaining them, and the signs of a failing …

Notes From the Garden: Late Summer Is Good for Lawn Improvement

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This is a good time to improve your lawn. If you have crabgrass, lawn ivy (creeping Charlie) or bare spots where the kids played badminton, now is the time to get to work. I recently called Paul Sachs, …

Notes From the Garden: In Search of Fall Blooms

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fall treats us to vivid leaf color and some perennial flowers in blossom, but there are relatively few fall-blooming trees and shrubs. This is the time to see what is out there, and what you might add to your landscape. The PeeGee Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) is one …

Notes From the Garden: Set Aside Summer’s Surplus for a Snowy Day

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It’s a rare gardener who doesn’t grow at least a few tomatoes. We all love them. I eat them at least twice a day in season, and sometimes I even have one with breakfast. But the season is short, so many of us try to put up tomatoes …

Hard-Hat Gardeners

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The small slice of land formed by the Interstate 91 offramp and Route 5 in White River Junction already seems like a challenging place to maintain a garden. Heavy traffic rumbles by and road salt seeps into the …

Notes From The Garden: For Busy Gardeners, Late Summer Means Planting for Fall

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

If you are like me, you have some space in your vegetable garden now. I have pulled all my garlic and my peas. Or maybe you planted a big patch of lettuce early on, and it’s been eaten …

Children’s Books Inspire Room Decor

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Using children’s books as inspiration for bedrooms and playrooms is one way to introduce a child to literature. It also can be just a fun, imaginative way to decorate. “I lifted the oranges, greens and yellows from the …

Notes From the Garden: Plant Trees, Shrubs Into the Late Fall

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Except when the ground is frozen, you can plant trees and shrubs pretty much anytime. Some experts recommend planting in the fall when trees are less likely to suffer from hot weather and dry soil as autumn is …

Contract Curveball? Get a Change Order

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of …