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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 bountiful blossoms and willingness to spread? A better choice might actually be daylilies. They’ll grow just about anywhere, are generally untroubled by pests and diseases — and you can eat them! This is daylily season, and a good time to buy some more for your garden. Let’s start with the common orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva). Most gardens have some. You’ll also see it by the side of …

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, my desk is covered with things, a computer isn’t nearby and my mom isn’t there …

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 Crest Motel is a worthwhile investment. “That’s our hobby,” said Patel, who with his family …

Spring Housecleaning: Some Tips and Tricks

Sunday, March 23, 2014

How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who’ve earned homeowners’ shining reviews? Just in time for spring, here are some tips, tricks and tools of the maid trade, supplied by highly rated cleaners our research team recently interviewed: Vacuum right with the right vacuum: Weekly …

Beauty in the Eye Of the Beholder, And the Diner

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I would hazard a guess that if you toured an art museum, the artwork depicting flowers would outnumber the art showing vegetables by 10 to 1. Or maybe 100 to 1. Georgia O’Keeffe and her poppies spring to mind, and Monet’s paintings of Giverny with its water lilies. …

High-Tech Toilets: No Hands or Paper

Monday, March 17, 2014

New York — Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway. A new generation of …

Keep Winter Thaw Out of Your House

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A midwinter warm spell may be good for the psyche, but it might not be so great for your house. Drainage issues, roof problems and maintenance oversights could result in leaks when heavy snow starts melting. You may not be able to solve the underlying problems until spring …

Can’t Wait For Spring? Start Your Own Seeds

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I’m not sick of winter yet. But I have to admit that recent warm, sunny days got me thinking about spring. I love to start seedlings in the house, but recognize that it is still too early for …

With Winter Comes Threat of Frozen Pipes

Sunday, February 23, 2014

It’s a telltale sign: you turn on the faucet and … nothing. With record cold in much of the nation this winter, many homeowners have had (or will have) to deal with pipes freezing — and then bursting. Some tips on how to protect against frozen pipes, and …

Searching for Sleeping Beauty: Finding Delight in Plants in Winter

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I like winter. I like the special quality of winter light in the late afternoon, those purples and blues that were perfectly captured by Cornish Colony artist Maxfield Parish. But most of all, I like passing through the …

Good Soil Makes Good Gardeners

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I’ve been accused of having a green thumb. I don’t. But I can understand why someone might think so. I have lots of flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables successfully growing on my property every year. But I’m willing to bet that I’ve killed more plants than that guy …

Notes From the Garden: Thinking of Trees

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Going cross country skiing is my way of keeping cheery during long, cold winters. We started off this winter with plenty of snow, but lost most of it in January rains, and recently we’ve just had cold weather. …

Consider Plants For the Wintertime

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What’s happening in your yard right now? “If the answer is ‘nothing much,’ you’re not taking advantage of the winter-interest plants there are,” says gardener Linda Pinkham of Smithfield, Va. “There is a lot going on in my garden right now, including many edibles in pots.” Wintertime favorites …