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In the Garden

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 a large patch of milkweed for them, …

Getting ready to garden? Plant some of these 2015 award-winners

Sunday, April 19, 2015

This long unrelenting winter has left many gardeners hungry for warmth, bare ground and the sight of green, growing things. Some popular mail-order seeds have already sold out and soon garden centers will be bursting with plants. It’s time to take a look at the 2015 award winners, just to further whet the …

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 …

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 …