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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 …

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” …

Every Walk Can Traverse A Garden

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Being a gardener enhances my enjoyment of almost anything I do, including traveling. I recently went to France to hike a section of the Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle. This is an ancient pilgrim’s trail through France …

Put Halloween Fun On Your Front Door

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Want to display your Halloween spirit right at the front door? These do-it-yourself projects are simple enough to be done by kids with an adult’s help, and use easy-to-find supplies. “The door to your house is basically the entrance to Halloween,” said Susan Spencer, editor in chief of …

Refresh Your Home: Brush Up on Paints

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ready to refresh your home’s interior walls with a new coat of paint, but aren’t sure what type to use for each room? Or do you have other items around the house that need to be spruced up? If painting is on your to-do list, whether it’s by …

Living Not So Large: Randolph Couple Embrace Simple Life in Tiny Home

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Randolph — Donna Stepien and Ignacio Villa’s home has everything a typical house does: a sink, a stove, a bed, a table. Countertops. Cabinets. Stairs. A bookshelf. Paintings on the walls. Photos perched on a windowsill. What makes …

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 …