Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: Lagerstroemias for winter interest

  In summer the large crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia) at the North Tisbury bank is covered with tidy foliage and panicles of white flowers, cloaking its...

Garden Notes: In praise of February

  A couple of friends and I recently went on an excursion to Logee’s Greenhouses (logees.com) in Danielson, Conn., just over the Rhode Island line...

Garden Notes: Good garden reads

Good garden reading is an asset to a gardener’s enforced winter recess. Allen Lacy, the author of some of the most engaging American garden...

Garden Notes: Turning to the light

We are a week into the new year, 2016, and already I am happy to report daylight has increased by six minutes at sunset....

Garden Notes: After the solstice

After the winter solstice, all increasing photons are measured against every decreasing degree, as in “when the days lengthen the cold strengthens.” Despite the...