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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 year’s schedule. Mark your calendar and get …

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 called Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library in Accord, N.Y., to have …

Notes From the Garden: Making Your Own Wreath Isn’t All That Hard

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

For several years now I’ve been too busy (or too lazy) to create my own wreath, but this year I was inspired to make one. I saw some simply amazing wreaths made by Gary Hamel and Amy Franklin …

At Home: ‘Super Pantries’ on Kitchen Wish Lists

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Teresa Keller used to joke that she was pantry-challenged. She often relied on a flashlight to search the deep, dark cupboard that held her canned goods and other food items. When she and her husband, Dave, decided to …

Notes From the Garden: Gifts for the Gardeners in Your Life

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Time to think about buying gifts for our loved ones. For gardeners there are so many things, selecting something is easy, from under $10 to over $500. Let me play Santa, offering you ideas to choose from, or things to avoid. Let’s …

Organize Before the Holidays

Sunday, November 22, 2015

‘Tis the season for guests, parties, shopping, decorating, wrapping, cooking and entertaining. Keeping your home a peaceful haven during the crush of holiday stress can sometimes seem too big to tackle. Yet taking time to declutter and organize items around the home can help calm the chaos that …

Notes From the Garden: A Gift From the Trees — The Best Compost

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Even if you raked your leaves in October, you probably have more to clean up now. Of course I was off gallivanting for much of October and hadn’t done any raking until recently. And some trees, oaks and apples in particular, are still dropping leaves. When I was …

Notes From the Garden: Pulling Up Invasive Plants Calls for New Devices

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Going for a walk the other day along a public trail I was struck by the number of invasive shrubs I saw. Most trees and shrubs have shed their leaves, but burning bush (Euonymus alatus), Japanese barberry (Berberis …

New Decor Has an Airier, Lighter Look

Sunday, November 8, 2015

There’s been a subtle shift in contemporary decor; it started to emerge at this year’s furniture and design shows, and continues to gain ground in retailers’ fall and winter collections. It’s a shift of light, in color and design. Hues are soft yet grown-up — snow, fog, lavender, …

Notes From the Garden: Pick Some of Fall’s More Subdued Colors

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This is a hard time for those of us who love to go to the garden to pick flowers to grace the table. We’ve had a few weeks of cold weather, and even the hardiest of flowers seem …

Old Wooden Pallets Are DIY Goldmine

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Here’s a little secret about building furniture out of pallets, those simple wooden structures used to schlep goods: Not all pallet wood is cheap, rough-cut pine. Sharp-eyed scroungers can find oak, hickory or even cherry pallets, since hardwoods …

Notes From the Garden: What I Learned From the Soil This Summer

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

As I calculate it, I’ve been gardening for 66 years — or at least hanging out in gardens. I have memories of being in the garden with my grandfather, John Lenat, when I was 3. I was “helping” …