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Garden Notes: Peas, please

The Gardener says, “Gardening is a controlling practice, but a gentle one — mostly.”Crows are doing a great job of roadkill pickup. Think what...

Garden Notes: Blooming colors

Fireflies are flashing, “Summer is here.” Long-range forecasts predict the Northeast will be on the receiving end of higher-than-normal rainfall, while other parts of...

Garden Notes: The state of buckeyes

Are we pollen-ated enough, already? Wait — there’s more! Autumn olive, pine, many grasses, and all plants in flower that utilize wind pollination for...

Garden Notes: Spring in bloom

Outdoor living is here again, and lily of the valley, lilac, and especially, Viburnum carlesii scent the air. Memorial Day weekend reignites the grill....

Garden Notes: Mother’s Day ideas

The memorable Mother’s Day gift is the one that survives and flourishes. Mother’s Day is linked in American culture with cards, flowers, and flowering...

Garden Notes: Getting to work

“Life into death into life.” In this Easter season, when Earth Day — care for our common home — is also observed, the epigram...

Garden Notes: Spring is in the air

The soil is warming, and daily — whether anyone witnesses or not — plants are advancing their growth and insects are beginning to stir....

Garden Notes: Spring is here, but be cautious

Island spring is often fluky. It is officially here, though, and, like many, I hope for plentiful rainfall: only at night, hold the snow....

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...