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In this photo provided by Crown Point Cabinetry, ample counter space and open shelving with decorative brackets create a functional corner pantry with a place for everything. (Crown Point Cabinetry via AP)

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 build a home in Sunbury, Ohio, a proper pantry was a priority. “I brought it up to the builder,” said Teresa Keller, who moved into the new house in October. “I told them I’ve got to have this.” The Kellers’ new “super pantry” is a walk-in, with plenty of quality shelving to store drinks, trash bags and other household goods bought in bulk. One shelf is dedicated …

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 start with a major no-no: Unless your sweetie has asked for more houseplants, don’t buy …

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 oftentimes accompanies the holidays. “Be kind and patient with yourself, and accept that we can’t …

Notes From the Garden: Plant Bulbs Now for a Shot of Spring Color

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

After a long winter like this past one, I am always grateful for my spring bulbs. Many of them pop up and bloom on schedule, no matter how cold and snowy the winter was. I’ve been planting bulbs …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …