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How ’bout those tomatoes?

Meadowsong is cranking, and the roadside stands of goldenrod are like nothing so much as ground-level sunshine. Drought persists. Trees, understory, and perennials all...

Garden Notes: Make a garden of your grass

Yellow jackets are making their seasonal appearance in gardens. The UMass Garden Calendar reminds us that swatting one releases chemicals that signal more yellow...

Garden Notes: Potatoes coming in

High humidity and temperatures, while rain is falling on Buzzards Bay and northward, led to many garden and household problems, such as stinky trash...

Garden Notes: Midsummer

One of the oddities of recent Island weather is its spottiness, with different towns receiving a shower or downpour while others are blanked for...

Garden Notes: Contemplating fair entries

Time to consider fair (August 16 through 19) entries: marthasvineyardagriculturalsociety.com. One day you are admiring how beautifully your cabbages or zucchini are developing, and...

Garden Notes: Summer is on

Summer: wind-rippled fields of daisy and velvet grass, studded with fireflies; the Glorious Fourth; honeysuckle and rose on the air. The season is on....

Garden Notes: The time of full sun

We are under the solstice sun, the longest day of the year. Kristin Kimball summed up the impact of this in her Essex Farm...

Garden Notes: The Sunny Place

Taken from “A Pattern Language” (Christopher Alexander et al., Oxford), No. 161 is the sunny place: “Of course, if the place is really to...

Garden Notes: The Green Moment

The Green Moment Its approach has been impatiently awaited this year of drawn-out, bleak spring. The electric intensities of different shades of green are food...

Garden Notes: Pruning reviewed

Finally, it is spring. Deer are moving around, as the number of their roadside corpses proves. Drive with care! A big part of spring garden...

Garden Notes: Earth Day

Every day is an earth day when it is springlike and pleasant. Globally, many communities are observing it by reducing plastics in daily life,...

Why (and how) do you do your garden redo?

To generalize, changing one’s garden is a process of upheaval if done in one fell swoop; or one of redirecting of focus, if done...

Garden Notes: The cleanup continues

Some Islanders have firewood for a year; others are mourning lost broadleaved evergreens or prized specimen trees. The results of the March blizzard lie...

Garden Notes: March’s storms

Easter means spring, ready or not. My Christmas wreath comes down tomorrow, Good Friday, even though recently the weather has felt almost more Christmas-y...

Garden Notes: In nature’s damp garden

Ahoy, Spring! It has been wet, if not saturated, and the seasonal turning leads me to seek out where water is flowing and winter’s...

Garden Notes: The birds are returning

Welcome March! Days that make one feel that spring is right around the corner were characteristic of Island February; days that make one feel...

Garden Notes: In the Garden

Mid-February already — one can easily slip into panic that summer is already almost staring us in the face: more daylight, more strength to...

Garden Notes: Pitch pines

Up-and-down weather characterizes January and this stage of winter. The brief January thaw of last week was a classic: cloudless skies of deep blue,...

Garden Notes: The red cedar

Daylight has increased greatly in the pm, while much less in the am. In fact, according to the advice- and fact-filled 2018 UMass Extension...

Garden Notes: Skills for the New Year

Welcome to 2018, and Happy New Year! Gardens and plants are all well and good, but with lines being drawn and attitudes hardening in...