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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 …