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Garden Notes: What about a turkey season?

Being grateful for what one is given takes work, but is often the path to contentment. “Every disadvantage has its advantages,” a quote from...

Getting on with the tasks of life

Voltaire, in “Candide,” may have summed it up best, that one must cultivate one’s own garden. He means that we must get on with...

Seasonal clichés

This fall seems to be one with exceptional foliage effects. Do I say this every year? I must — I love autumn. Earlier in...

Get outside

It will be time to leave the flowery summer garden and go indoors soon, but not before tending to planting bulbs, spraying broad-leaved evergreens...

Living Local Harvest

Tomorrow night kicks off the annual Living Local Harvest Festival at Agricultural Hall, with Susan Klein from 6 to 8 pm sharing a program...

Kraut Kultur

I suspect I was not the only gardener during this driest of summers to experience cabbage cracking last week. The blast of moisture delivered...

A dry summer

Here we are in September’s golden splendor, contemplating the season’s passing and reviewing the summer during its final weeks. While we hope to regain...

Marsh mallows

Cutline quote: “Stands of marsh mallow ring Island’s coastal ponds.”Thursday is the first day of the annual Agricultural Fair of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural...

High butterfly season

Start casing your gardens for fair entries. The start date of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s annual fair is August 18, with most entries...

Ahh summertime.

As you have no doubt noticed, perennial garden standbys have advanced their bloom times, leaving gardeners to wonder whether their gardens will have any...

A dry summer

“The landscape of Martha’s Vineyard — the shape of its coastline, the pattern of its forests, fields, and moorlands, the distribution of its roads,...

Welcome, summer

The intensity of light, the long evenings, the time of haymaking and wild strawberries, the shimmering, electric quality of the ultraviolet coursing through all...

A lost generation of gardeners

It is important to share what it is to have a garden, to grow things yourself to eat, or to experience pleasure in being...

Poison ivy or sarsaparilla?

Even here on an Island known for drab springs, May overwhelms with its spectacular pleasures of garden color and scent. Whole neighborhoods are redolent...

Protecting chickens from hawks and downplaying the lawn

Put Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston on your mainland horticultural destination maps. It was a pleasure to take in the excellent primrose show...

Home and place

April 22 was Earth Day. Fittingly, more than 170 countries went to New York to sign the Paris climate agreement, a record-breaking number of...

Spring pruning

Pruning is a topic commonly loaded with anxiety, or mystery, for many. Few winters will have passed without leaving their damaging mark; the last...

Plan, prepare, plant!

Vegetable gardens are coming awake. Mine has been semi-active, actually, throughout this warm winter. We enjoyed lamb’s lettuce (mache), parsley, cilantro, and weeds such...

Spring is in the air

Hello, daylight-saving time!I was out planting lettuce seedlings and digging a nice pile of ‘Satina’ potatoes on Sunday, when there was a ceasing of...

Edgeworthia chrysantha

This is a misleading time of year on the Vineyard. Bird song is once again enlivening Island woods and thickets. Sunrise now occurs at...