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Regenerative gardening 101

Regenerative gardening is gaining popularity across the country. It is a response to global setbacks, like climate change and population growth, which present more...

Garden Notes: Leguminous trees

Snowdrops and early crocus cheer, red-winged blackbirds sing, buds on lilacs enlarge. Stray flowers on flowering quince open. Look upward: Under a first-quarter moon,...

Garden Notes: Get outdoors and start pruning grapevines

Overall, this time of year could be characterized as “waiting for spring.” And wait we shall, for Vineyard spring is a season of delay...

Garden Notes: Camellias could be your heartthrob

Orion glitters front and center in clear nighttime skies. Celebrate February! Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s Meatball (Dinner and Dance with the Space Invaders), plus...

Garden Notes: In the temperature chasms

We experience it in the now: Heavy January downpours and downward temperature spikes (maybe they are temperature chasms?) seem to be the pattern. As...

Garden Notes: Light returning

The good news: witch hazel blossoms have already started to unfurl. On Jan. 17, the sun will have risen at 7:10 am and set...

Garden Notes: Wishes and resolutions

The end of 2018 and the start of 2019 have been filled with interesting events and quite a lot of news, mostly about topics...

Christmas dinner from the garden

“Morning frost, Transforming blades of grass Into diamond edged swords.”–Wenonah Silva, “Full Circle”Have you donated to the Red Stocking Fund yet? Mrs. Crist, and later, Mrs....

Garden Notes: Trees in winter

Gardens are mostly gone or blank, and we regard trees, which have been background all along anyhow, with renewed appreciation. The newly mown fields...

Garden Notes: Thanksgiving, and what follows

The recent wintry mix announced we are staring down the mouth of winter, and year’s end. Dig planting holes for living Christmas trees now....

Garden Notes: Does it really need mulch?

The end nears for the foliage season: We return to standard time, and dark November. Woodlands are in the fleeting transitional moment: tawny, burnished,...

Garden Notes: Late fall color

I am writing on a chilly day, with gray cloudscapes pierced by wedges of intense blue, predicting winter in the offing. Autumn is when...

Garden Notes: Don’t plant that!

In the Sept. 27 Garden Notes, I mentioned the role our own taste plays in garden choices: Mostly what we plant is nobody’s business...

Garden Notes: No accounting for taste

The season has turned. Daytime and nighttime temperatures are dropping. Elements of Hurricane Florence’s large system finally brought rain to the Vineyard, although not...

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....