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Abigail Higgins


Saying goodbye to this year’s garden, and a bit on bats

Elusive bats, fluttering at dusk, their Hallowe'en shapes silhouetted against the dying light, symbolize how much of the quotidian is unknown to us.

Winter gardening on Martha’s Vineyard

Today, with forethought, it is unnecessary to kiss goodbye fresh, homegrown vegetables, especially healthful greens.

First Irene, then autumn have muted Martha’s Vineyard color

Some gardeners throw in the trowel about now, but there are plenty of seasonal options when it comes to color.

Dry weather imperils plants on Martha’s Vineyard

With no significant rain in a month, Island flora is dangerously stressed when it needs to be tough going into the dark months.

Gardening on Martha’s Vineyard starts to slow down

All the signs point to it: pesky yellow jackets, heavy dewfall, the katydid and cricket chorus, roadside banks of goldenrod. Summer is cresting and Labor Day looms.

Dog-day challenges, recalling a pair of Fair pillars

While making last-minute preparations for the Fair, the author recalls Jane Newhall and Ozzie Fischer, two Fair pillars who are no longer with us.

Bloomin’ rhodies keep at it on Martha’s Vineyard

Have actually spent much of my weekend working in the garden, instead of writing about Working in the Garden.

Martha’s Vineyard gardeners tidy up, fill empty spaces

With needed mid-season TLC, gardens can be replanted with autumn vegetables. And consider raising fruit in the future.

Summer settles in for Martha’s Vineyard gardeners

Vegetable gardeners shift to nurturing maturing plants and planning for fall crops. Roses need attention, too, and watch out for invasives.

Homegrown garden tour

Bill and Betty Haynes stand among tomatoes and spinach on June 19, when they opened their vegetable garden to fellow members of Homegrown, the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society vegetable gardeners' collaborative.

Rhododendrons, azaleas, weigela, late lilacs – all showing off

This has been a wonderful year for rhododendrons, the plants appearing to be at capacity for numbers of flower trusses.

“Founding Gardeners” author to speak at Polly Hill on Saturday

"Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation" by Andrea Wulf.

Spray hazards, blight fight face Vineyard gardeners

Indiscriminate spraying: This is what I saw a couple of days ago. In a neighborhood of seasonal and year-round houses a tree-service company was spraying the woods.

Mulch, bulbs, and bugs preoccupy Vineyard gardeners

Each spring we have the chance to start anew. We have the opportunity to take a fresh look at what we are doing in our relationship with our surroundings.

Weeds, seeds, and blossoms mean spring on Martha’s Vineyard

Along with daffodils, dandelion tea-making time has come around again. The tea functions as a liver and kidney tonic, and diuretic.

Earth Day

Distant policy makers decide issues whether we like them or not, and whether they reflect the wishes of the many or the few.

Planting a vegetable garden on Martha’s Vineyard

Before planting, spread whatever compost, humus, or leaf mold you have accumulated over the top of the ground.

Rake, prune, and watch bulbs light up

Rake lawns and save the thatch for composting. Lawns are shedding dead material, from matting by snow and ice. This is some of the best material for composting.

Garden Notes

Homegrown, the vegetable gardeners' forum, meets March 20 from 4 to 6 pm at Agricultural Hall. Please finalize payment for seed potatoes, onion and leek plants now.

The benefits of bees

Various life forms responsible for pollination depend on pollen, nectar, and water for themselves and their young. Having a variety of trees and plants is a huge assist for bees.