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Notes From the Garden: Now Is the Time to Prepare Bulbs for Blooms in March

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I love to ski and snowshoe. I don’t mind shoveling snow and lugging in firewood for the woodstove that chugs along day and night these days. But there are limits to my patience, and by March I’ll ready for green growing things and some fresh flowers. So I start lots of veggies and flowers by seed, starting in March and April. I also force bulbs to bloom indoors in March. …

Tips for Saving Water

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own. Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources: Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You’ll save three gallons per brush. Running only full loads in the washing machine …

We Should Care About Skilled Trade Shortage

Sunday, November 9, 2014

It’s a fact that I’m not handy. When I need something done at home, I use the proven service providers I found on the list that bears my name. I’m grateful for the skilled professionals who use their hands and their heads to solve our home maintenance and improvement challenges. Where would we be without them? Unfortunately, we may be about to find …

Hangout House: Why Some Homes Are ‘Teen Central’

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Start with amenities like a monster TV or fire pit, add a never-ending supply of munchies and a relaxed attitude toward your kids bringing home a friend — or five — and you may just find that your …

Fall Brings an Array of Cool Weather Plants to the Front Porch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

We New Englanders have a long tradition of doing something to brighten the approach to our front door. In winter it’s a nice green wreath; my grandmother liked red geraniums in a pot by the door all summer; in fall, pumpkins and chrysanthemums are traditional decorations. At farm …

Stop Inviting Insect Invaders Into Home

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The waning days of summer are a good time to make sure your home isn’t putting out a welcome mat for insect invaders. If you’re like me, you’d rather not share your space with wasps, spiders, stink bugs and other pests that often become more visible in the …

Prepare for Storms Before They Arrive

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Three years ago, my family and I drove overnight from Maine to New Jersey, trying to get home ahead of Hurricane Irene. That memory from late August 2011 prompts hurricane-preparation thoughts today. Here are some tips from Ready.gov — some things to do well in advance of landfall: …

Before Winter, Get Vegetables Into the Freezer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer is nearly over. Those big yellow school buses are beginning their morning ambles and cool nights call for blankets on the bed. It’s time for me to get serious about putting up veggies for the winter. With the exception of lettuce, most vegetables can be saved for …

Notes From The Garden: Daylilies Are an Excellent Choice for the Garden and Plate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What one kind of flower would you bring with you if you were being sentenced to life on a deserted island? Would you pick peonies for their big, bold blossoms and tantalizing smell? Or perhaps primroses for their …

Bedroom Desk? It’s Under All That Junk

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Alyssa Kimble, a soon-to-be fourth-grader in White Plains, N.Y., said she uses the desk in her bedroom for “everything” — creating lesson plans for her make-believe school, writing stories and storing stuff. Everything, that is, except homework. “Usually, …

So Much More Than a Garden

Sunday, August 17, 2014

White River Junction — Considering the cost of water, fertilizer and his own labor, it would probably be cheaper to buy vegetables than grow them himself, but to Nalin Patel, the garden on the grounds of the Pine …

Self-Guided Garden Tours Include Windsor County

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Five gardens in Vermont’s Windham and Windsor counties will be open to the public for self-guided tours on Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tours, held rain or shine, include vegetable gardens, English-inspired garden rooms and an artist’s studio. Visitors may begin at any of …

Notes From the Garden: Aug. 13, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Most of us have our own insecurities. We might be insecure about some aspect of our looks, or how we did in school, or perhaps about our athletic abilities. For gardeners, our compost piles are often a source …