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In the Garden

How’s it growing?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

There is only one word that accurately describes our garden this summer – jungle! Plentiful rainfall and lots of heat and sunshine have set the stage for rampant growth. The squash leaves are huge, the bush beans are thigh-high, and the zinnias are as tall as I am! The tomatoes are growing up and over the greenhouse frame – we …

In the Garden: What are your weeds trying to tell you

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Plentiful rainfall and hot weather have made for perfect growing conditions, not only for garden plants but also for weeds. Before you start ripping them out, take a minute to note what is growing. Weeds are annoying but they are also excellent indicators of soil conditions. If you have large patches of one …

Planting your garden to attract and sustain butterflies

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The swallowtail butterflies are having a feeding frenzy flitting from flower to flower in our garden. I must admit that I take far too many breaks from my garden chores, watching them chase each other around the yard. The swallowtails are beautiful, but I miss the monarchs. Last year, even though we grew …

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 …

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 …