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In the Garden

Consider growing a crop of Asian pears

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ive years ago we planted a small orchard of mixed fruit trees – with mixed results. True to their name, the “Reliance” peaches have been outstandingly reliable. Now if we could only beat the raccoons to the ripe fruit. We are learning that no amount of fencing, metal flashing or other deterrents is going to keep them from getting to those luscious fruits before we do. Next year we are picking the peaches green. We also grow a late variety of peach called “Veteran.” These are much larger than “Reliance” and delicious, but they bruise very easily, making them hard to sell. They are perfect …

Growing possibilities

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For years I have had a bad case of pergola envy. (If you are wondering, a pergola is a garden structure that looks like an arbor on steroids.) I would practically drive off the road rubbernecking back yards if a pergola was present. “What style was it? Is it just a shade structure …

In the garden: Tomato blight jinxes the best garden ever

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Best garden ever! I had been afraid of saying it out loud for fear of jinxing things, and no sooner had I said these words last week when the tomato plants began to show signs of disease. They were doing fabulously well until then. We ate our first ripe Early Blue Ribbon tomato …

Made in the shade: Plants for sun-challenged gardens

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Too much shade! It doesn’t seem possible on a hot July day, but that is the complaint of many gardeners. They just don’t get enough sun in their yards to grow the things they want to grow. Rather …

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, …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …