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Elusive bats, fluttering at dusk, their Hallowe'en shapes silhouetted against the dying light, symbolize how much of the quotidian is unknown to us.
Today, with forethought, it is unnecessary to kiss goodbye fresh, homegrown vegetables, especially healthful greens.
Some gardeners throw in the trowel about now, but there are plenty of seasonal options when it comes to color.
With no significant rain in a month, Island flora is dangerously stressed when it needs to be tough going into the dark months.
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.
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.
Have actually spent much of my weekend working in the garden, instead of writing about Working in the Garden.
With needed mid-season TLC, gardens can be replanted with autumn vegetables. And consider raising fruit in the future.
Vegetable gardeners shift to nurturing maturing plants and planning for fall crops. Roses need attention, too, and watch out for invasives.
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.
This has been a wonderful year for rhododendrons, the plants appearing to be at capacity for numbers of flower trusses.
"Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation" by Andrea Wulf.
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.
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.
Along with daffodils, dandelion tea-making time has come around again. The tea functions as a liver and kidney tonic, and diuretic.
Distant policy makers decide issues whether we like them or not, and whether they reflect the wishes of the many or the few.
Before planting, spread whatever compost, humus, or leaf mold you have accumulated over the top of the ground.
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.
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.
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.