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The Great Pumpkin
New England state fairs made pumpkin history in late September. Just one day after a New Hampshire...
Travel Safe Monarchs
A week ago, I waved goodbye to the last Monarch butterflies that hatched in my garden on the...
I love sunflowers. They are so bright, beautiful, colorful and practical. I admire that, until the...
Potpourri: from the best annuals to giant cabbages
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most...
Healing Power Grows in the Garden
Gardeners take for granted their ability to plant, rake, weed and deadhead. However, when sudden...
Making Garlic Powder
Garlic is a wonderful and powerful savory addition. It jazzes up many recipes and also contains...
More Winding Down a Difficult Season
If you garden in an area not affected by drought, you may wonder why I’m obsessing. #1: High...
Broccoli has many followers and also abundant detractors. For those who have only tasted the...
Herb Garden Solutions
Mint is an invasive thug in my garden and everyone else’s. Runners spread rapidly and can choke...
More Thinning and Trellising
Thinning Vegetables 2 Thinning vegetables in the garden is a chore that lasts for most of the...
Don’t Shrink from Violets
Wild violets (genus Viola, many species; probably escaped from cultivation) pop up everywhere and...
New Plants and a Blueberry Recall
A trio of perennial plant “stars” are lighting up my drought-stricken garden this summer. Two...
Toxic Garden Tools?
If you’re like me, almost every day you read reports of some new toxic threat in food, water,...
Thinning Vegetables and Herbs in the Garden
Thinning the vegetable and herb crops, I think, is one of the hardest jobs in the garden. Once the...
Pressed flowers make lovely cards, pictures, pretty boxes, and much more. Here's instructions on...
I find that getting seeds to germinate properly is the most difficult aspect of planting the garden...
Old Roses are Tough and Gorgeous
The only hybrid tea rose that will survive in my -20F winters is ‘Cherry Parfait’. It’s beautiful...
Fresh Fruit Crisp: My Easy Last-Minute Dessert
I never plan ahead with my desserts unless it's a special occasion. So, the old-fashioned fruit...
Great Ideas for a Garden Makeover
Give your garden personality! Here are some great ideas for a garden and yard makeover from The Old...
Tomatoes: Fruit or Vegetable?
Last blog I asked you what edibles you would plant if you were limited to only three. The response...
A gray-bearded man in the audience stood up and asked me, “If you could only pick three edible...
Potatoes are a staple in our home. We don’t eat them every day, but when we do, we love them. I...
Plant Extra for the Hungry
Red, white and blue potatoes are in the ground. Red onion sets are planted in neat rows. Gobs of...
Spring Cleaning the (Hen) House
April is the beginning of the busy season for me. The snow is gone and the garden beckons but the...
Attract Butterflies for More Flowers and Joy
A couple days ago I spotted the first Monarch butterfly of the season on a dandelion. Of course, I...
Ideas for all Seasons
I just planted ‘Jade’ cabbage and “Purple Graffiti” cauliflower plants I grew from seed amongst the...
Flowers for Everyone
A number of readers asked me about which plants are the easiest to grow, what are the ones that...
Planting Spinach I love spinach. When I first began gardening, I looked forward to getting the...
Beets and their leafy brothers
I’ve planted few beets in my gardening days, mostly to photograph them. Other than a rare pickled...
Gardening in Miniature
Soon I’ll be up to my elbows in dirt outdoors, cleaning up beds, spreading mulch and planting the...
Now is the time to plant onions indoors. If you want onions that are going to keep...
Pot those veggies!
Last year, I dabbled in container vegetable gardening, due to shoulder surgery that prevented me...
Apple Trees are a Delicious Investment
Have you thought about growing your own apples, pears, and Asian pears? They’re easy, and super-...
Planning the Garden
While temperatures are still frigid and days remain short, it’s time to begin to plan the garden....
Why Do People Dislike Black Tomatoes?
In the dead of winter when grocery stores offer flavorless, hard tomatoes at astronomical prices, I...
Caring for Amaryllis in the Winter
Here in New Hampshire, winters are long. The landscape is somewhat bleak (although snow scenes can...
Valentine's gift from my garden and more strange plants
Yesterday, a small heart appeared in my hand. It’s a Russian Banana Fingerling potato that...
Alaska is killing my plants!
Buried under 25 feet of snow, coastal Alaska gobbled up the winter cold and snow we normally have...
When you are as busy as I am in the spring, summer and fall, winter is a time to recoup, restore...
Three mistakes I won't make in 2012
Benjamin Franklin once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting...
I love this time of year. The garden is done, my pantry, root cellar and freezers are full and it’s...
Garden Talk: what's new, blue, and what I've seen lately
Even though gardening season is ending, new plants and ideas are popping up every day in press...
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