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Notes From the Garden: A Soup From the Root Cellar for Groundhog Day

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Old timers say that on Groundhog Day we should still have half our wood supply, or more. This year I had more than half as it’s been a warm winter. Or perhaps not a real winter at all. At the halfway point, I always want to have plenty of vegetables left from the summer, and I do. To celebrate Groundhog Day this year I made a soup of my own …

Notes From the Garden: Flower Shows Start Soon

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

This has been a relatively easy winter for me. No heavy snows requiring me to climb up on my roof to shovel off the flat part above a death-defying 30-foot drop. No temperatures lingering below zero for days on end. Still, it’s winter and I’m a gardener who is already thinking about spring. Thank heavens for the spring flower shows! Here is this …

Notes From the Garden: Winter Tests Your Tree Identification Skills

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter is a slow time for me. There is no weeding or mowing or transplanting to do, so I have time to walk or cross-country ski almost every day. When I’m out and about, I love observing the trees and native shrubs of the forest, and try to know the name of everything …

Seed Libraries Offer a Counterpoint to Catalogs

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It’s time to buy seeds, either at your local feed-and grain store, the local garden center or from a catalog. I like to buy locally, but catalogs present a wider variety than most stores can offer. Recently I …

Notes From the Garden: Kicking a Cold With Old Home Remedies

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I don’t often catch colds. Part of that may be that I eat well, get plenty of sleep and exercise daily. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t have school-age kids and work out of my house, so …

Healthy Home Habits To Live by in 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

It’s the time of year when we’re inundated with articles on how to be healthy, start good-for-you habits and dump the bad ones. But, what about giving some attention to another major investment in your life — your home. To help get your home in tip-top shape, here …

Notes From the Garden: Looking Forward to the Year’s Planting

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Why is it that so many of us make resolutions at this time of year: lose weight, keep a clean desk, be nicer to people working for political campaigns who call us during dinner time … and so …

Norwich Resident’s Work Honored by The Garden Conservancy

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Unlike many garden authorities, Norwich resident Bill Noble did not start his career by going to college to study plants and serving as apprentice to a gardening pro. He moved to the Upper Valley in 1976 with degrees …

Notes from the Garden: Make a Meal Grown From the Garden

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A dozen years ago, I decided to become rich and famous by writing a bestselling book. I would travel the country, talking to farmers — some conventional, some organic, some using that “new” technology of the time, GMO agriculture. I thought my book would explain what eaters wanted …

Notes From the Garden: Cut Flowers Are a Beautiful Bargain

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Technically, winter is here, despite the lack of snow. The sun is often lurking behind gray clouds, and on a good day we get just 9 hours of light. I miss the colors of summer. I still try …

Ridding Your Home Of Pet Odors, Fur

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A pet will fill your home with love, but it will also fill your home with fur, odors and lots of mess. A recent study by North Carolina State University researchers found that homes with dogs have more bacteria and more types of bacteria in them than homes …

Notes From the Garden: Growing Fruit Trees Indoors

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When I was a boy of 8 or 9 I planted a grapefruit seed, hoping it would produce a tree that would provide us with a nice source of winter fruit. Ten years later it was 3 to …

Notes From the Garden: Button Up Those Warm Clothes and Button Up the Garden

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

After a cold snap recently we had three days of cold rain. By the second day, with no relief in sight, I went out to my garden and dug up the last of my root crops — carrots, watermelon radishes and purple daikon radishes. I figured that I’d …