Real Estate

Island-Wide Realty, Inc. has announced they will be changing their name to Martha’s Vineyard Island-Wide Realty, Inc. The company will retain the same operations, location, and real estate professionals. Island-Wide Realty, Inc. has been operating from their Vineyard Haven location since 1969. They will maintain their affiliation with the National Association of Realtors, the Cape and Islands Association of Realtors and with the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce. In addition to growing their business online, the new Martha’s Vineyard Island-Wide Realty, Inc. will be expanding their services to include caretaking, property management, and home staging.

Edgartown

Dec. 22, Theresa White a/k/a Theresa E. White, sold 17 Brushy Lane to Joseph M. and Lisa C. Gelormini for $637,000.

Dec. 22, Paul Charles Padua, David J. Padua, Susan M. Padua, Arthur Thibeault, and Nancy J. Thibeault, f/k/a Nancy J. Padua, sold 32 Washqua Ave. to Kirk D. and Elizabeth A. Oswald for $470,000.

Dec. 23, Michael J. Donaroma and Alex Alexander, trustees of South Village Associates Realty Trust, sold 19 Crocker Dr. to Richard S. and Lee M. Dubin for $700,000.

Dec. 23, U.S. Bank N.A., as Trustee, successor in interest to Bank of America, N.A. as Trustee as successor by merger to Lasalle Bank, N.A. as trustee for WaMu Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2007-HY3 Trust and current holder by assignment of a mortgage from Craig A. Brooks to Washington Mutual Bank, FA, sold by foreclosure deed 800 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd. to S. Fain Hackney, trustee of GEM Realty Trust, for $285,000.

Dec. 26, Richard M. and Sheila Brown, trustees of the Richards Keep Nominee Trust, sold 9 Town Lot Rd. to Paul and Tanya Adamson for $2,350,000.

Oak Bluffs

Dec. 22, Paul J. Mahoney, Individually and as Personal Representative of the estate of Margaret R. Durant-Mahoney, sold lot 180 on Forest Ave. to Theodore Vangeven for $125,000.

Dec. 23, Lulu Mae Nix, Denise Nix Thompson, Crystal Nix Hines and Oliver F. Ames, Jr., trustees of the Theophilus R. and Lulu Mae Nix Trust, sold 67 Linton Ave. to Darran Reubens for $215,000.

Dec. 24, Molly B. and Patrick R. Burt, as Personal Representatives of the Estate of Otis E. Burt, sold 12 Pitch Pine Lane to Molly B. and Christopher B. Reed for $446,250.

Aquinnah

Dec. 19, Deborah M. Moore and Brian K. Yennie, trustees of the Moore Nominee Trust, sold 3 Oxcart Rd. to Lois Wecker, trustee of the Sarah Davis Kessler Trust, for $2,100,000.

Edgartown

Dec. 15, Vineyard Preservation LLC sold 5 Welch’s Way to Christopher T. Collins for $1,000,000.

Dec. 15, Rosemarie C. Walsh sold 63 Thirteenth St. North to William and Karen Sankey for $435,000.

Dec. 16, John R. Rose and Jennifer L. Burnham sold 64 Dodger’s Hole Rd. to Rosemarie C. Walsh for $674,000.

Dec. 18, John L. and Linda S. Anderson sold 3 Robin’s Nest Rd. for $680,000.

Oak Bluffs

Dec. 17, Linda Marshall, personal representative of the will of Joan H. Marshall, a/k/a Joan Hill Marshall, and John J. Powers, personal representative of the will of Barbara A. Powers, sold 7 Brunswick Ave. and 8 Pacific Ave. to Jean R. Stewart for $375,000.

Dec. 17, Jill Katz and R. Scott Miller, trustees of the 2014 Katz-Miller Family Revocable Trust sold 10 Namas Ave. to Nicholas Purday and Catherine Coon for $935,000.

Dec. 18, Charles J. Angelo sold 26 Sea Glen Rd. to Kathleen M. Farrell for $485,000.

Dec. 18, Eugene R. and Mary J. Pepper sold 8 Puritan Dr. to Ernest Wooden, Jr. and Pauline Annice Wooden, trustees of the Wooden 2001 Revocable Trust, for $950,000.

Dec. 19, Julie M. Higdon sold 3 Canonicus Ave. to James S. King and Patti A. Peck for $662,000.

Tisbury

Dec. 15, Edgar J. White and Robert E. White, Jr. sold 31B Herring Creek Rd. to Stephen W. and Sue Ellen Jones for $300,000.

West Tisbury

Dec. 17, James D. Kurfess, a/k/a James Daniel Kurfess, and Mary Deffley Kurfess sold 26 Machipascat Trail to Diana Gilmore for $515,750.

A wreath implies welcome, unity, and peace. —Photo by Susan Safford

The admonition to “Keep Christmas in our Hearts all year long,” a laudable sentiment, appears to have originated with Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” However, a wag observed, “both Christmas and Earth Day happen once a year. So why is it we are told only to keep Christmas in our hearts year round?”

We need, more than ever, to keep both Earth Day and Christmas in our hearts, year-round. There is much piety about the meaning of Christmas — Peace, Goodwill, and honoring the Child; but faith and practice year-round are the “proof of the [Christmas] pudding.”

It’s astounding to me that it takes a food writer, the New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, to link most of the critical issues facing our nation in one pithy column, “Is It Bad Enough Yet?” (Is It Bad Enough Yet? – NYTimes.com). These issues require the attention of our brightest and most highly paid leaders and policy makers, whose silence on them remains deafening. Yet Bittman is neither policy maker, ecologist, nor politician.

In this excerpted paragraph, Bittman touches upon Garden Notes themes of food, gardens, and quality of life:

“I have spent a great deal of time talking about the food movement and its potential, because to truly change the food system you really have to change just about everything: good nutrition stems from access to good food; access to good food isn’t going to happen without economic justice; that isn’t going to happen without taxing the superrich…. The same is true of other issues: You can’t fix climate change or the environment without stopping the unlimited exploitation of natural and human resources…. Same with social well-being.”

Garden elements

Garden making is above all a visual process. Although travel is not required for it, the stimulation and cross-pollination of ideas that are so fruitful for garden making remain stunted and small without a good measure of garden visits.

The arrival of an important new garden style book, The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements: a Practical Compendium of Inspired Designs for the Working Gardener, by Michael Valentine Bartlett and Rose Love Bartlett (David R. Godine, Boston, 2014, 270 ppg., $40.00), demonstrates the value of garden travel, as its authors visited and photographed hundreds of gardens over a thirty year period.

Photo by Susan Safford
— Photo by Susan Safford

Originating as visual aids for the couple’s garden talks, the image collection eventually grew. Organizing the photos and producing a design compilation with them that would document gardens and essential design elements emerged as the logical goal. Michael Bartlett (1953-2008) was diagnosed with a brain tumor, however, and wrote feverishly to conclude the work but died before completion. Co-author Rose Bartlett and David R. Godine, publisher, revised and concluded the compilation of the material and have now brought it to publication.

Initially this work, which could be called a stylebook, is almost overwhelming. Stuffed as they are with such riches of detail and image, from “Alleés” to “Walls,” its twenty four sections are well organized however, and provide the necessary framework to zero in on the specific details one is after, each chapter containing, more or less, two dozen color photos.

My bookshelf already contains predecessor volumes, such as The House of Boughs, and Garden Ornament: Five Hundred Years of History and Practice, yet I find that more is better. Look elsewhere for a book of plant combos or color themes. The subjects of the approximately one thousand photos are not necessarily Vineyard style, but they share enduring qualities that one encounters when visiting the great gardens of the mainland, and the world beyond.

Bibliographies of source materials for further reading and appendices are welcome in a book of this sort; this one contains a copious bibliography; website info for the book’s hundreds of gardens that welcome visitors; and a glossary of landscape, garden, and design terms.

Martha’s Vineyard is rich in gardens in a general way, but because it is small its private garden treasures may be viewed in a couple of season’s worth of Open Garden tours, or else remain hidden. The publication of Garden Elements, coincides with winter’s quiet, when imagination takes over from action.

Winter in the garden

Many would like to finish up the work of the garden year in November, but the Vineyard reality is that it cannot be concluded until December. This autumn’s plentiful — some would say torrential — rainfall may be great for the water table, but makes it hard to finish up.

Will rainfall patterns translate into heavy snow? Stay tuned: official winter arrived December 21, the solstice. UMass’s instructive Garden Calendar declares that by Christmas day the setting sun is already two minutes later! The sun continues rising, however, later and later until January 10.

Chilly days are good for bringing out the pole saw — the arm action warms! Leaves have dropped, making it possible to see what one is cutting: prune for balance, eliminating crossing branches, and elevating the canopy of shade trees.

Holiday plants

Christmas cactus, tender cyclamen, paperwhites, amaryllis (hippeastrum), among others, will be given as gift plants. In most cases, following a few simple practices can prolong their bloom and lifespan. Bright, even light and cool temperatures where possible are generally best.

Water amaryllis and cyclamen from below and avoid over-watering: let soils dry before re-watering. Paperwhites and cyclamen flowers and leaves may flop if kept in a warm, sunny environment such as a south-facing window; bring them back upright in a cooler environment. Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) need little water while blooming, but increase water and fertilizer from January onwards.

Homegrown

January’s Homegrown focuses on soil testing. Get yours done now (soiltest.umass.edu) and bring in the results for discussion January 18, 2015 at 3 pm, Agricultural Hall.

From left, Dukes County Small Office Director Elaine Miller, Peter Fyler, CEO Ryan Castle and Dukes County MLS Director Courtney Marek at the 2015 Installation Celebration at the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Massachusetts. —Photo courtesy of Peter Fyler

On the evening of December 10 the Cape and Islands Association of Realtors, Inc. and the Cape and Islands Multiple Listing Service, Inc. held its 2015 Installation Celebration at the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster.

Along with the new CEO, Ryan Castle (third from the left) and Peter C. Fyler (second from left), who was elected Dukes County Director for a second consecutive term, were newly elected Dukes County MLS Director Courtney Marek (far right) and the current Dukes County Small Office Director Elaine Miller (far left). There were over 200 attendees from all over the Cape and Islands and a good time was had by all.

Aquinnah

Dec. 8, Yvette Bennett, a/k/a Yvette Hamelin, sole heir-at-law of Frank J. Hamelin, a/k/a Francois J. Hamelin, sold a lot on State Rd. to Douglas O. Dowling for $500.

Edgartown

Dec. 8, MRK Mullen Realty LLC sold portions of 23 Mullin Way and 19 Mullin Way to MVKP LLC for $575,000.

Dec. 11, Mary Beth Alger sold 4 and 6 Caleb Pond Lane to Michael Smith and Phoebe Cole-Smith for $1,625,000.

Dec. 12, Island Capital Corp, current holder of a mortgage from Robert J. Priore, sold 57 11st South to Island Capital Corp for $100,000 by foreclosure deed.

Oak Bluffs

Dec. 11, Kevin H. Johnson and Anne O. Johnson, trustees of Johnson Realty Trust, sold 37 Franklin Ave. to Jane Sarno for $339,000.

Dec. 11, Helen Robinson sold 80 New York Ave. to Jennifer Tareila, Raymond Tareila and Marcia Tareila for $360,000.

Dec. 12, Thomas D. Ward, trustee of High Meadow Lane Realty Trust, sold 17 High Meadow Lane to Carol Merle Fishman and James Fishman for $760,000.

Dec. 12, Robert Cullen sold 10 California Ave. to Susan Airis Epes, trustee of the Airis Nominee Trust, for $68,000.

Dec. 12, Norris E. and Debra D. Sheppard sold 116 California Ave. to Kristin Buck for $445,000.

Tisbury

Dec. 11, Elyn MacInnis sold an undivided ½ interest in 412 Herring Creek Rd. to Virginia P. Held for $450,000.

Dec. 11, Herman W. Smith sold 156 Hines Point Rd. to Geoghan Coogan, trustee of Everglades Nominee Trust, for $975,000.

Dec. 12, Michael J. Ryan sold 229 State Rd. to Almost Never LLC for $665,000.

West Tisbury

Dec. 11, Charles H. and Mae W. Deary sold 339 State Rd. to Stephen Laird for $680,000.

Dec. 11, Matthew E. Epstein and Deborah L. Hiatt sold 16 Log Cabin Rd. to William J. Tester and Linda M. Morante for $765,000.

The only access road to the Squibnocket Farm subdivision has been battered by recent storms. —Photo by Steve Myrick

The Chilmark town committee on Squibnocket charged with finding a solution on how best to restore Squibnocket Beach and provide access to the Squibnocket Farm subdivision in the face of increasing storm damage and sea level rise has proposed the construction of a low, one-lane causeway set back from the shoreline and parking along the road that leads to the popular beach.

The draft plan calls for removal of the current boulder revetment and beach parking lot, to allow the shoreline to return to its natural state.

The Chilmark commitee on Squibnocket's preferred alternative is a low causeway.
The Chilmark commitee on Squibnocket’s preferred alternative is a low causeway.

The solution, hammered out over months of discussions with opposing camps, requires the town to acquire two small privately owned parcels of land, abutting the town parking lot and Squibnocket Pond.

An informational session for town residents is scheduled for December 18. Town committee chairman Jim Malkin said that after hearing from residents, and considering their suggestions, the committee will issue a final recommendation. A special town meeting is scheduled for February 9, where voters will decide whether to accept the final recommendations.

“It’s the committee’s hope that, as reasonable and concerned citizens, they see the committee’s recommendation as being in the best interest of all concerned,” Mr. Malkin said in a telephone conversation on Tuesday. “It’s not as if everybody is getting half a loaf instead of no loaf; it’s almost like everybody is getting seven-eighths of a loaf. It’s our hope, and strong feeling, that things can be worked out.”

Last week, the administration of governor Deval Patrick announced a grant of $280,000 to the town of Chilmark, as part of a program to help communities deal with the impacts of climate change and coastal erosion.

Committee work

TheSquibnocket Farm Homeowners Associationincludes residents along the coastline, whose access to their homes is threatened by the current causeway, which is deteriorating and vulnerable to ocean storms. The Friends of Squibnocket include many property owners from the Blacksmith Valley neighborhood, situated on a hill overlooking Squibnocket Pond and Squibnocket Beach, who are concerned about the view and environmental issues.

At annual town meeting, a long and emotional debate concluded with a decision to shelve a plan endorsed by selectmen and the homeowners association to build a 15-foot-high bridge to provide access to the Squibnocket Farm subdivision.

At the request of voters, town moderator Everett Poole appointed the seven-member committee in May to bridge the gulf between members of the homeowners association and the Friends of Squibnocket, who wanted to construct an artificial dune and a new road.

The committee recommendation incorporates elements of plans proposed by both organizations.

Mr. Malkin said the seven-month process of reviewing studies, researching property options, and listening to all the stakeholders was thorough, open, and exhaustive. He said he was pleased with the committee, “none of whom have a horse in the race or an axe to grind.”

Compromise solution

The town committee labeled its draft recommendation unveiled last week a “preferred alternative,” and described it as a one-lane roadway close to Squibnocket Pond, with parking to the south of the new roadway. Committee members recommended the part of the roadway that passes over wetlands be a low causeway, clad in wood or other native material, perhaps four to five feet in elevation. The committee estimates a causeway of that height would experience several washovers each year. If there are more washovers than anticipated, the committee proposed constructing an artificial sand dune to further protect the roadway, but initially, the plan does not include a protective dune.

“We looked, ultimately, at eight different access alternatives,” Mr. Malkin said. “We looked at six different parking alternatives. We have engaged our own consultants. They, also with the committee, evaluated the facts on the ground, the data, and the submissions of each of the experts.”

The committee suggested that the town pursue its preferred alternative for 90 days, and if no agreement is reached, the committee recommended what it called a “second alternative.” That plan is essentially the same proposal submitted by the Squibnocket Farm Homeowners Association before the annual town meeting — an elevated bridge spanning more than 400 feet from Squibnocket Road to a point near the current location of the gated entrance. One difference is to locate the bridge north of the original plan, closer to Squibnocket Pond. The other difference is that the committee’s second alternative would locate parking along Squibnocket Road. The second alternative would require no negotiation for property. The homeowners association already owns the land, or rights of way, necessary to build the bridge, and is ready to finance the $4 million project on its own.

A good start

The response from theopposing groups was measured.

In a statement reviewed by members of the Friends of Squibnocket, and emailed to The Times, the organization described the committee recommendation as a good start.

“Based on our initial review, we believe the committee has recommended an approach that is similar in many ways to what we have proposed over the past three months,” wrote Charlie Parker, speaking for the Friends of Squibnocket. “As a blueprint for future discussions, it is a good start. We do feel the town has come up with an intriguing solution and we will participate in the next phase of the town’s process with an open mind.”

Larry Lasser, president of the Squibnocket Farm Homeowners Association, spoke favorably about the committee’s recommendation. “We appreciate the extraordinary effort of the town committee to find an appropriate compromise solution for access to our homes and parking for the town beach while respecting the concerns of our neighbors,” he wrote in an email statement. “We intend to work within the guidelines established by the committee if they are approved by the voters at the town meeting in February.”

The committee’s recommendation is also favored by David Damroth, a former Chilmark selectman and resident of the Blacksmith Valley neighborhood who was a vocal critic of the original bridge proposal.

“I’m in favor of it,” Mr. Damroth said. “One never knows how it’s going to wind up at town meeting, but if it’s in this form, I will be supporting it. They’ve pulled the bridge back, and that has a lot of advantages. It opens up the possibility for different things to happen at the shoreline. The original proposal would have put the shoreline under the bridge.”

Mr. Damroth also said he was pleased to see parking proposed at a higher elevation along Squibnocket Road, rather than the original plan to locate a new lot closer to the shoreline.

Land issues

The Chilmark committee on Squibnocket's preferred alternative (left) is a low causeway. The committee's second alternative is at right.
The Chilmark committee on Squibnocket’s preferred alternative (left) is a low causeway. The committee’s second alternative is at right.

A key element of the committee’s draft recommendation is the town’s ability to lease or buy two small parcels of land, where the beginning of the road proposed in the committee’s prefered alternative would be located. One parcel is owned by Peter Weldon. The other is owned by Wendy Jeffers and Tony Orphanos, both prominent throughout the committee process as part of the Friends of Squibnocket organization.

The Friends of Squibnocket promoted a plan that included a roadway, protected by constructing a dune to prevent overwash during most storms. According to their final proposal, the lot owned by Ms. Jeffers and Mr. Orphanos would be available only as part of the solution proposed by Friends of Squibnocket.

“Our parking plan is bundled with the Dune Solution and is not available if Squibnocket Farm decides to pursue the Bridge Solution,” the Friends of Squibnocket wrote in their final proposal dated Sept. 16 to the committee.

The committee acknowledged the complexity of getting agreement between the owners of property that the town must acquire, the opposing groups of homeowners, and the town.

“Mr. Weldon has indicated he is pleased to work with the town on a solution,” Mr. Malkin said. “To date Orphanos/Jeffers said their lot would only be available if we adopted their solution.”

Ms. Jeffers and Mr. Orphanos responded to a question from The Times about whether they are willing to sell or lease their land for the town committee’s solution with a short statement.

“It would be premature to comment until after after we have further discussions with the town committee,” they said in an email to The Times.

New study

In addition to extensive consultation with their own coastal geologists and engineers, the committee reviewed the work of experts hired by the two opposing homeowners groups, as well as other stakeholders.

Among them was Duncan Caldwell, an Aquinnah homeowner who first appeared before the town committee to propose a solution that included creating artificial reefs by sinking two barges off the shoreline to redirect the flow of sand shaping the beach. Later he submitted another proposal, which questioned the solutions offered by both the Friends of Squibnocket and the Squibnocket Farm Homeowners Association.

“My investigation led to the discovery of a number of weaknesses in previous analyses for FOS and SFHA. Some of these defects led to inaccurate projections and design flaws that could be extremely costly,” Mr. Duncan wrote in an email to The Times.

Accepted home sale offers in Massachusetts during November were up more than 20 percent compared to November 2013, according to data released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. The association also reported the median price of homes placed under sales agreement was up 4 percent — from $316,000 to $330,000 — when compared to last November. Pending home sales in Massachusetts have risen for 21 consecutive months. Pending condo sales were up 9 percent in November, with the median price rising 1.7 percent to $304,000. The association also reported its market and price confidence indexes were both down in November, with the market index, at 49.54, dipping below the 50-point mark for the first time since March 2012 and the price index falling for the eighth straight month. On a 100-point scale, 50 is the midpoint between a strong and weak market. MAR President Peter Ruffini predicted a rise in November sales would move the market index upwards.

The apple station at Morning Glory Farm features a range of delicious, nutritious options. — Photo by Susan Safford

Driving home in the early December dusk, the headlights pick up fluttering winter moths. They are males (females are flightless) out and about, looking for mates. So far, it does not appear to be a huge flight. The proof will be what happens in spring 2015, when caterpillars begin to feed. Most afflicted seem to be oaks (particularly black oaks), maples, fruit trees, and blueberry bushes.

If I am working in Edgartown, I enjoy stopping at Morning Glory Farm, usually to pick up fruit from the wide selection of apples or pears available there, Island-grown as well as from Carlson’s Orchard in Harvard. Many years I have pleaded with the Athearns, in jest and seriously, to institute a buying club for apple-loving Islanders, after the stand closes.

The standard apple selection that appears in grocery stores across the country is a routine half dozen of the usual insipid suspects. (A visiting apple guru lecturing here quipped that ‘Mutsu’ — large, dual-purpose, yellow apple of Japanese origin — would be one of the most popular apples in the U.S., if not the world, if people only tasted it instead of reading its name!) For those who are considering planting orchard trees, the MGF array, in addition to providing good fruit, provides a teaching and tasting sample. Needless to say, they sell ‘Mutsu’ apples. And ‘Idared.’ And ‘Empire.’ And ‘Cameo.’

Indoor growing

Fresh produce enters a leaner, bleaker period around now, whether sourced from one’s own garden, farmers’ markets and stands, or from the grocery store; and holiday gift-buying is about to go into high gear. Along comes Indoor Kitchen Gardening, by Elizabeth Millard (Cool Springs Press, Minneapolis, 2014, 224 ppg, $22.99) making its appearance at an opportune time.

Millard is organic, practical, and likes to keep things simple. She remains steadfastly committed to showing how rewarding gardening inside your house, on your kitchen counter, can be. This attractive paperback, invitingly photographed in color (one or more chlorophyll-packed images per page), is forthright yet unpretentious, in a style that says “you can do it.”

Although seeds can be sown in standard plastic growing supplies, in the course of her book Millard encourages the reader to look around and utilize more than merely the kitchen counter, with flat-pack shelving, hanging arrangements, re-purposed containers of all sorts, and oddments resting in the basement becoming useful. Millard spends a slim third of the book indoctrinating the reader in the details of growing indoors. Even if you thought you knew all about growing alfalfa sprouts, you will benefit from this section, before proceeding to the nitty-gritty with the sections on microgreens, sprouts, shoots, and herbs.

This mid-portion constitutes about a fat third of Indoor Kitchen Gardening, which is important because research, especially into the area of K vitamins (important for bone health and proper utilization of calcium), has increasingly shown that the nutritional powerhouse of plants and vegetables is actually in the young shoots and sprouts.

Microgreens, shoots, and sprouting — learn the difference from Indoor Kitchen Gardening— is key to unlocking it. (Broccoli sprouts, for example, have been shown to be protective against chemical carcinogens.) Achieving the know-how to produce them for oneself all winter is effective knowledge.

Millard is a hound for good soil. The final third of Indoor Kitchen Gardening is concerned with the production of crops such as radishes, carrots, and tomatoes, which might end up outside, in containers. As such it was of less interest to me, as a grower with a sizeable outside garden, yet this section too contains useful techniques, advice on varieties, and trouble-shooting advice. At the back of the book, in addition to an index, there is a list of resources.

I recommend this book for two reasons: the amount of encouragement it supplies, and the nutritional security of growing something for yourself, as much as possible. Indoor Kitchen Gardening will get you motivated and spells out how to advance beyond alfalfa sprouts.

Garlic rescue

Which factors contributed are unknown, but purchased hardneck seed garlic as well as my own garlic did not keep very well this year. When I went to plant, I found one or more softened, or browning, cloves in each head of garlic.

It was a big disappointment. When you garden long enough you experience poor crops as well as good ones. Quality in vegetables (including keeping quality in storage vegetables) comes from all aspects of their production — soil-seed-harvest — start to finish; so at any point along the life cycle of these heads of garlic something less-than-ideal may have intervened.

Fortunately, David Geiger, the Island plantsman, shared his recovery technique for this unwelcome turn of (garlic) events. This is the way he rescues garlic cloves rapidly approaching the “use-by” date: “I knock all the garlic cloves out of their skins, put them into a vessel to roast them as you normally would roast garlic, covering them with olive oil and cooking the whole mass, 350F for 45 minutes or so, [and then] store it in a container in the refrigerator so you can just scoop some out whenever you want it. Lasts months.”

In the case of my own garlic, 2014’s crop was grown in the portion of my vegetable patch I consider the most challenged, due to the proximity of a beech tree’s roots that are invading this quadrant of the garden. The tree is causing some early morning shadow too. Perhaps these factors compromised the quality. In any case, having this method to save what I can of my garlic harvest is timely, and I hope others find it useful as well.

New England Wild Flower Society

New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) the Framingham-based non-profit, has created a new publication, Native Plant News, whose Fall/Winter 2014 edition contains an examination of the “New Conservation,” a philosophy that pursues partnerships with large corporations and sanctions natural resource extraction. It is worthwhile reading: newfs.org/membership/magazines.

Edgartown

Dec. 1, Michael A. Elias, trustee of the Michael A. Elias Inter Vivos Trust, and Carol W. Elias, trustee of the Carol W. Elias Inter Vivos Trust, sold 18 Vickers St. to Julie and Alan Osetek for $585,000.

Dec. 2, 148 Main Street Real Estate LLC sold 148 Upper Main St. to One Forty Eight Main LLC for $2,775,000.

Dec. 5, Michael J. Donaroma and Alex Alexander, trustees of the South Village Associates Realty Trust, sold 21 Bankers Way to Michael and Rebecca Hegarty for $600,000.

Oak Bluffs

Dec. 1, Peter G. and Margaret D. Clements sold 17 Thompson Ave. to McKinley Carter Enterprises MA LLC for $630,000.

Dec. 3, Stephen J. Russell, Nancy E. Tajchman and David F. Russell sold 122 Barnes Rd. to Jevon Rego for $505,000.

Dec. 4, Frank and Judith A. Bartkowski sold 21 Island Inn Rd., Unit 32, to Kin K. Lee and Beatrice L. Wright-Lee, trustees of the Wright-Lee Family Trust-2008, for $116,000.

Dec. 5, David W. and Alicia D. Weschler sold 27 Inca Rd. to James D. Hanrahan and Kathleen T. Austin for $447,000.

Tisbury

Dec. 1, Jean Dupon sold 82 Main St. to Just One Bite Holdings LLC for $750,000.

Dec. 1, Java Emporium LLC sold a portion of 16 Drummer Lane to Just One Bite Holdings LLC for $50,000.

Dec. 1, Java Emporium LLC sold a second portion of 16 Drummer Lane to Just One Bite Holdings LLC for $350,000.

Dec. 2, Harbor View Lane Corp sold 47 Harbor View Lane to Degen Harbor View 47 LLC for $3,000,000.

Dec. 5, Bernard F. Godley, Orlando C. Kirton and Ruth I. Kirton sold 77 Winyah Circle for $565,000.

West Tisbury

Dec. 3, Susan L. Weingarten sold 49 Trotters Lane to Alasdair and Laura C. Watt for $555,000.

Dec. 5, William J. Tester and Linda M. Morante sold 39 Oak Knoll Rd. to Abram E. Glick for $590,000.