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What’s new in the world of tomatoes? Blue

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors – pears, plums, grapes and currants; pleated, smooth, scalloped and downright ugly; red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, black and now blue. Blue? Actually it is more of a deep purply-black, eggplant-like color. In these so-called blue tomatoes, the pigment becomes darkest where the skin is exposed to the most sunlight and the dark color is only skin-deep; the inside of the tomato is red. The first commercially available blue tomato called “Indigo Rose” was developed at Oregon State University by Dr. Jim Myers. … 0

In the Garden: And the winners for plants of the year are ...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Every year since 1932 the All-America Selections judges have evaluated new varieties of seeds using a nationwide network of test gardens. Entries with the highest average scores are worthy of winning the prestigious AAS Award. Skeptics complain that due to the wide differences in growing conditions across the country, one variety cannot be … 0

In the Garden: Autumn is a great time to plant shrubs

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall is here and some of you have already had a killing frost in your gardens, putting an early end to your growing season. No frost for me yet, but I’m taking advantage of the cooler temperatures to do some down and dirty digging in my perennial garden, getting rid of plants that have taken over, redoing the beds and replacing plants that … 0

Bring your herb plants indoors to enjoy all winter

Sunday, September 15, 2013

All summer we have been enjoying using the herbs from our garden. Nothing beats freshly snipped basil, thyme or oregano. Now that summer is winding down, it is time to think about bringing some of our favorites indoors to enjoy all winter. Everyone has some herbs they love … 0

In the Garden: Variety means bounty – of sorts

Sunday, September 1, 2013

After laboring in the garden all summer, it’s time to look back and see how it went. Like most years, some things did exceedingly well, while others not so much. I spent the summer asking people how their gardens were growing and found we all had some common … 0

Take some of the work out of your vegetable garden with perennial plants

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Most gardeners love perennials because, unlike annuals, we only have to plant them once and that’s it. Each year the plants come back on their own and in ever-increasing clumps. Very reliable – no fussing with seeds and pampering of seedlings necessary. If only the vegetable garden could … 0

In the Garden: Get inspiration by touring local gardens next weekend

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Give the weeds a break next weekend and take time out to tour some other gardens in the area. The Garden Conservancy is hosting Open Garden Days in Merrimack Valley next Saturday and Sunday (July 13 and 14) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. I have … 1

Plenty of options to grow your own strawberries

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Were the strawberries late in ripening this year or was I just too impatient? This is normally the time for strawberries but with the cool, rainy weather we have had this month, the strawberry harvest was set back a bit. Our little alpine plants have been fruiting for … 0

In The Garden: This summer try your hand at container gardening

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Everyone would like a yard full of flowers, but we often don’t have the space, time, or energy for a traditional garden. Container plantings allow us to indulge our love of plants in a creative and exciting way. If you have a troublesome spot where nothing will grow, … 0

Thank goodness, tomato planting time is here!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Finally Memorial Day is here; the traditional tomato planting time for our region. Lately the weather has been warm both day and night, close to the ideal growing conditions for tomatoes with the daytime air temperature in the 70s, and the night temperature above 50. Night temperatures below … 0

Robin Sweetser: The seed-sprouting season has begun

Sunday, April 28, 2013

All over the state florescent lamps and grow-lights are burning in basements and back rooms for 16 hours a day – much to the delight of the power company – and sunny windowsills and three-season porches are filling … 0

Plan spring color now

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Between cleaning up the garden and raking leaves, there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the fall for anything else. If you can find the time though, a few extra hours of work can pay off by giving you months of colorful surprises in your garden … 0

GARDENiNG:The greatest show on Earth

Sunday, September 2, 2012

‘ To most people, a garden is a company of plants - one that may include flowers, shrubs, trees, vegetables, landscaping, architectural oddities or just using the natural features of the land. A garden can be created with artful expression, such as an herb garden or a water … 0