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Martha’s Vineyard gardeners tidy up, fill empty spaces

With needed mid-season TLC, gardens can be replanted with autumn vegetables. And consider raising fruit in the future.

Summer settles in for Martha’s Vineyard gardeners

Vegetable gardeners shift to nurturing maturing plants and planning for fall crops. Roses need attention, too, and watch out for invasives.

Homegrown garden tour

Bill and Betty Haynes stand among tomatoes and spinach on June 19, when they opened their vegetable garden to fellow members of Homegrown, the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society vegetable gardeners' collaborative.

Rhododendrons, azaleas, weigela, late lilacs – all showing off

This has been a wonderful year for rhododendrons, the plants appearing to be at capacity for numbers of flower trusses.

“Founding Gardeners” author to speak at Polly Hill on Saturday

"Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation" by Andrea Wulf.

Spray hazards, blight fight face Vineyard gardeners

Indiscriminate spraying: This is what I saw a couple of days ago. In a neighborhood of seasonal and year-round houses a tree-service company was spraying the woods.

Mulch, bulbs, and bugs preoccupy Vineyard gardeners

Each spring we have the chance to start anew. We have the opportunity to take a fresh look at what we are doing in our relationship with our surroundings.

Weeds, seeds, and blossoms mean spring on Martha’s Vineyard

Along with daffodils, dandelion tea-making time has come around again. The tea functions as a liver and kidney tonic, and diuretic.

Earth Day

Distant policy makers decide issues whether we like them or not, and whether they reflect the wishes of the many or the few.

Planting a vegetable garden on Martha’s Vineyard

Before planting, spread whatever compost, humus, or leaf mold you have accumulated over the top of the ground.

Rake, prune, and watch bulbs light up

Rake lawns and save the thatch for composting. Lawns are shedding dead material, from matting by snow and ice. This is some of the best material for composting.

Garden Notes

Homegrown, the vegetable gardeners' forum, meets March 20 from 4 to 6 pm at Agricultural Hall. Please finalize payment for seed potatoes, onion and leek plants now.

The benefits of bees

Various life forms responsible for pollination depend on pollen, nectar, and water for themselves and their young. Having a variety of trees and plants is a huge assist for bees.

Winter starts to relent on Martha’s Vineyard

Dawn arrives earlier now, sunrise occurring before 7 am. On a clear dawn the SE sky is spangled with a glittering "morning star," Venus.

Some gardeners even find winter fertile

Whether under limpid or lowering (rhymes with glowering) skies, winter landscapes are often black and white, with snow-covered ground and evergreens blackened by cold.

Planning, testing, questioning pay off for gardeners

It is easy to have the feeling of losing one's head.

Look ahead, look down, and look after plants and animals

Farewell to the old year and its accomplishments and woes, and greetings to the new one with its challenges and hopes.

The sound, sight, and taste of Island gardens in winter

Working late in the garden I looked up, prompted by the cawing of crows and the sound of their wings in the chilly clear air.

The lure of a formal garden

Our recent Thanksgiving trip yielded a few horticultural observations, among many other holiday experiences.

Thinking of others

Thanksgiving celebrations in the post-war years seemed to be a refuge for spiritual urges that did not involve commercialism.