Monday, May 16, 2022

Garden Notes

Up on the roof, hospital goes green

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With its fresh air, sunset exposure, and lofty panorama of the Lagoon and Vineyard Haven outer harbor, the roof garden is secluded and intended to support patients' healing.

Letting go of ailing black oaks

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My opinion for landscape trees that are not critical is to relinquish them and plant two good replacement trees for each one lost.

Enjoy the garden now, before…

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Build up your reserves of vitamin D with the golden warmth and sunlight of late September.

Cleaning up, leaning ahead

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Place orders for fall-planted bulbs and seed garlic now, if you have not done so already: the choice is diminishing daily.

Seeing the forest and the trees

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It is generally agreed that forests, one of Earth's largest carbon sinks, are under increasing amounts of stress...

Time to adjust for late summer abundance, variety

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The continued re-balancing is what makes gardening an absorbing activity.

Plants need continued care during the dog days

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Adjusting staking and tidying is required daily; remove anything passé, brown, mushy, dangling, or broken.

Make good use of garden space with careful planning and planting

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There is no such thing as too many strawberries, especially when children or grandchildren are in the mix.

Strawberries, roses a-plenty; and for July?

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July is upon us, and the official summer season beckons, with all that that portends.

Pollen is on the wane; peonies show off on Martha’s Vineyard

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One of our most sumptuous flowers of spring garden and flower vase, the peony brings glamour, flare, and color.

Lilacs are done, but think of all there is ahead

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The tomatoes are in the ground. Now we turn to tending them, in anticipation of great harvests.

Spring erupts on Martha’s Vineyard

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Spring is boiling up out of the ground. Leaves unfold before our eyes!

Seasonal miscellany of bulbs, weeds, cover crops, and tomato care

The better the soil, the easier it is to weed, whether the weeds be few or many.

Untamed, wild garlic can drive gardeners wild

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One of the most persistent weeds of Island gardenscapes is wild garlic.

After a slow start, gardening on Martha’s Vineyard gets rolling

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It is past time to get busy outside, despite whatever weather April has in store for Island gardeners.

Rain barrels and apple trees

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Funny thing about apple trees: they captivate people, leading the enchanted on a lifelong quest.

Time for camellias, planting and appreciating

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With a preponderance of sandy, acidic soils, the Vineyard is a great place to trial camellias.

Martha’s Vineyard gardeners are seeing the light

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Resume watering and begin regular liquid feed of houseplants that have resumed active growth.

February activates plants and those who tend them

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Islanders are able to enjoy a much more intimate connection with nature than most, and we are appreciative.

Wolf Moon conditions may prove benficial

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The general warming trends have led to planting formerly tender plants unknown in these parts a few short years ago.