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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: 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 …

Notes From The Garden: For Busy Gardeners, Late Summer Means Planting for Fall

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

If you are like me, you have some space in your vegetable garden now. I have pulled all my garlic and my peas. Or maybe you planted a big patch of lettuce early on, and it’s been eaten …

Children’s Books Inspire Room Decor

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Using children’s books as inspiration for bedrooms and playrooms is one way to introduce a child to literature. It also can be just a fun, imaginative way to decorate. “I lifted the oranges, greens and yellows from the …

Notes From the Garden: Plant Trees, Shrubs Into the Late Fall

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Except when the ground is frozen, you can plant trees and shrubs pretty much anytime. Some experts recommend planting in the fall when trees are less likely to suffer from hot weather and dry soil as autumn is …

Contract Curveball? Get a Change Order

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of …

Key to Buying a Home: Intelligence, Not Illusion

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New York — Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show Holmes on Homes, says there are steps homebuyers can take to avoid many of those problems. Holmes now has a new competition show on Fox called Home Free (airing …

Notes From the Garden:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Daylilies are wonderful. All beginning gardeners should have several clumps — you essentially can’t kill them. Like many plants, they prefer good rich soil and full sun, but some varieties will survive and thrive most anywhere. They come …