Category Archives: Gardening

A Midsummer Day’s Dream: Planting Your Own Vegetable Garden

by Marjorie R. Williams Summer solstice has just passed and despite your best intentions, you haven’t even begun to plant vegetables yet. If this sounds like your life (and mine), don’t despair. It’s not too late to get started and still … Continue reading

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How to Grow Armfuls of Dahlias for Cut-flowers

Dahlias are really quite simple to grow and one of the most rewarding cut garden flowers to have in your garden. They’ll provide garden drama and armloads of beautiful blooms summer thru first frost. Continue reading

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Trowel and Error and the Easy Zinnia

All that fussing I did over the Zinnia seedlings in the greenhouse wasn’t really necessary and didn’t make them grow any faster. Not to worry! There is no such thing as failure in gardening. It’s all “trowel and error”. I learned that Zinnias prefer warm soil and weather for best germination. Note to self: direct sow Zinnias in the future. See? Easy peasy! Continue reading

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Backyard Flower Farming 101

Having access to arm-loads of fresh cut flowers, just steps away from your backdoor, is within your grasp too! Continue reading

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Plan Ahead Gardening, Between Rounds of Shoveling!

In between rounds of shoveling and cleaning off the car, planning for my gardens has kept me out of a snow coma, and usually out of the cookie jar too, usually. Continue reading

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Seed Saving 101

A Guide for Saving Vegetable and Flower Seeds in Autumn By Monica O’Malley-Tavares Saving Vegetable Seeds It’s that time of year, when gardeners are curing late harvest squash, and are enjoying late variety tomatoes and peppers, and perhaps a second … Continue reading

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Heirloom vs Hybrid

There are some estimates that fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes have become so wildly popular over store-bought-ethanol-gas-ripened ones, that tomato plants are now grown in 9 out of 10 gardens in America. I tested the theory by using the line ‘do you … Continue reading

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Friendlier Alternative to Forsythia

By Pam Denholm. We have had to do some serious work on the little patch of earth we call home. The person who lived here before us didn’t believe in transfer stations or trash removal – he buried it, burned … Continue reading

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Mulch Appreciation

By Greg Caminski. My neighbors think I’m crazy. I just finished mulching all of our perennial and vegetable gardens. This year we grew rows of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and garlic, as well as a small herb garden. They’re not your … Continue reading

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Homestead Life Without the Homestead: Winter Sowing

by Susan Berry Many home gardeners in SE Massachusetts know that we can grow wonderful fall crops such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, beets, carrots, turnips, spinach and many more. But did you know that we can also plant in late … Continue reading

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