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Dutch growers are efficient, dedicated, and creative

Never have I seen so much grown, so carefully, in spaces of approximately 50 by 50 feet.

Martha’s Vineyard gardeners beware: campanula moves in and stays

"A pleasing species but liable to become a rampant weed," is an understatement when it comes to campanula.

Garden tour takes in five fine gardens on Martha’s Vineyard

Gardeners got an eyeful during a tour of five private gardens up-Island "” all to benefit the Congregational Church in West Tisbury.

The blazing blue Lithodora

The name of the blazing blue plants trailing over a retaining wall as you drive into Oak Bluffs is Lithodora diffusa, in the family famous for blues.

Magnificent magnolias thrive on Martha’s Vineyard

Is there a prettier tree to ogle than a magnolia?

Earth Day means more now than ever; daffodil failure

Caring for our home planet now will help protect its future, and ours.

Growing a wildlife-friendly garden

If we wish to support the glamorous species, the creatures we love to observe, we must also support the unglamorous ones, upon whom the former depend.

Nowadays, pale yellow is in vogue in and around the garden

Style is random and demanding: keeping up with the latest trendy colors can be quite a challenge.

Extra early season upends gardening calendars

Predicting how things will grow this spring is tricky business, since the season is so advanced.

Bark is often overlooked as a mark of beauty and individuality

The pattern, texture, and color of a its bark makes a tree more interesting and easier to identify.

Step-by-step guide to starting your own seeds

Tomatoes, and much more, can be yours at modest cost when you sow and grow your own.

Snow-drop madness in Britain; pragmatic garden books over here

When a solitary bulb goes for more than $1,000, gardening has become a competitive sport.

Greening the winter landscape; ordering seeds for spring

Evergreens provide relief from the mid-winter monochromatic landscape, while seed ordering offers hope for the future.

Maximixing onions, controlling voles challenge Island gardeners

Starting about now, stored vegetables are likely to start sprouting.

With just a taste of winter so far, the harvest goes on

Most years, gardens would be covered by snow by now, or turned under, but this is 2012 and who knows what's going on.

Gardening on Martha’s Vineyard: looking forward to 2012

Mulching is like a buying an insurance policy for your plants and garden, buffering them against unknown risks.

Martha’s Vineyard gardeners still picking, and planning ahead

While kale and root crops extend this season, local gardeners are planning for the next one.

Harnessing bittersweet, harvesting kale on Martha’s Vineyard

The unseasonable weather reminds gardeners that their work is never finished, really.

More fruit, leaf use, Kale soup tips

Increasing yield, using what's available, and trying new recipes keeps some gardeners continually satisfied.

Bulbs. tubers, and plans for spring on Martha’s Vineyard

Eighteenth annual Barn Raisers' Ball, Saturday 7:30 to 10 pm at the Ag Hall.