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Home & Garden

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There was solace in pricking out lettuce seedlings indoors while a blizzard thrummed outside, although I’d have rather been working in the garden. Island gardeners are eager to immerse in all spring work with headlong energy, rather than waiting.

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Calling all would be community gardeners.

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Island retailers run short as homeowners search for wood stove fuel.

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Daydreaming amidst the nursery and seed catalogues is an acceptable pastime
daffodills

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Pre-breeding season birdsong is an early sign, as is the flowing of springs and streams, freed from the stasis of winter, and the coloring of twig tips.

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Fiery colors are the most unmistakable way to supply winter interest in gardens, but do not overlook white or pale-stemmed plants such as birches and various brambles.

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While our year contains 52 weeks, these few, the holidays, are when we really think about things, our direction.

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Holly provides spiky, glossy, evergreen foliage, and red berries, a valuable asset to the winter garden and landscape, not to mention to the birds it shelters.

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Strategically situated evergreen ground cover can maintain some life in the winter garden scape.

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The general consensus is that garlic growing on Martha's Vineyard has increased in importance for Island growers and cooks.