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In the Garden

In The Garden: Making the most of winter downtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nine hours and five minutes is all the daylight we are going to get today. It is the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year (one of many actually; we have had this low level of light since Dec. 17, and the days won’t begin to lengthen until Dec. 27.) If short days and cold temperatures make you …

In the Garden: Growing amaryllis

Sunday, November 16, 2014

If you have never experienced the thrill of watching an amaryllis grow, it is not too late. The bulbs are showing up for sale in garden centers, supermarkets and hardware stores. Now is the time to treat yourself to an entertaining and spectacular plant that is practically foolproof. There is no one more …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …