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Garden Notes: Fall gardens

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A week ago an impressive dragonfly flight was swarming soundlessly over a wide, sunny up-Island lawn that would mostly qualify as a “Vineyard Lawn.”...

Garden Notes: Protecting the environment

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Last Monday’s spectacular harvest moon and the autumnal equinox have ushered in a new season to garden in. Photons diminish daily, nighttime temperatures drop,...

September song, or silence?

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Late summer meadowsong, September’s insect chorus, is swelling. Its leitmotif surrounds us, day and night. Remove your earbuds and listen for it. Uncountable crickets and...

Garden Notes: North and south

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Weather-titillation buildup? As I write, it looks as though New Orleans is headed for another fearful, Force 4 bashing. Simultaneous with this column’s appearance,...

Garden Notes: Summer winds down

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“We’re in the countdown,” the frequent greeting heard around mid-August, “only two and a half weeks to go!” Summer is winding down, and for...

Garden Notes: Of phlox and floods

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The daytime sound of August, cicadas’ rattling crepitations, has filled the air in the last week or so. Their shed exoskeletons startle when found...

Garden Notes: Pollination

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Bats and fireflies at dusk mean glorious high summer. Butterflies, lovers of sunlit places and warmth, are more numerous and noticeable now, especially the...

Garden Notes: Heat on our minds

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We are lucky to be here. The Western part of North America baked in deadly, incendiary heat as the holiday weekend neared, with the...

Garden Notes: Pruning after blooming

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Gardeners are thrilled. This spring, the dazzling bloom on flowering plants and shrubs has been the best kind of gratification; fantastic really, and it...

Garden Notes: Loving the Rain

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We have gone neon green, and every other color too. Late spring is beloved for the peony, iris, poppy, and rose display. Is there...

Garden Notes: True colors

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For those of us privileged to have gardens or a patch to grow, gardens are our windows into a world of existences that put...

Garden Notes: Waking up

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The perfume of May seems to be saying, “Wake up, you sleepy insects!” Early irises are blooming, and everyone is astonished apparently by the...

Garden Notes: Mulch wisely, and eschew volcanoes

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The amount of sunlight makes 6 am a real pleasure. Cells of everything in the Northern Hemisphere surge in response, and leaves unfurl before...

Garden Notes: Ideas for spring

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Woodpecker, mourning dove, and pinkletinks dominate the early morning stillness. Then the ‘thrumm’ of internal combustion engines and truck tires begins to compete, and...

Garden Notes: Getting ready

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Grass, buds, twigs: everything with chlorophyll in it is becoming greener. The Passover full moon and gale last weekend were March’s grande finale. April...

Garden Notes: Think long-term

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Spring, beginning officially with the Vernal Equinox, March 20, is when outdoor activities resume. With that very much in mind, what better time to...

Garden Notes: Getting our gardens ready

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Under February’s Snow Moon, our cold soil underlain with clay seems to be the last on the Island to lose its snow cover. However,...

Garden Notes: Winter Wonderland

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This is February: month of snowstorms, clearing blue skies, and bright sunshine! Deep and pristine, shadowed in exquisite blue, this snowfall was a pillowy...

Garden Notes: I (Heart) Martha’s Vineyard

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Already, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Subject matter of garden columns is usually plants and flowers, especially around Valentine’s Day; but today’s is...

Garden Notes: Light-driven

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Each day now we receive about one minute more daytime at sunset. Sunrise is about to start earlier too. According to the adage, “as...
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