Thursday, September 22, 2022

Garden Notes

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Not quite yet, but spring will come

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Pre-breeding season birdsong is an early sign, as is the flowing of springs and streams, freed from the stasis of winter, and the coloring of twig tips.

Bright colors at a premium now

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Fiery colors are the most unmistakable way to supply winter interest in gardens, but do not overlook white or pale-stemmed plants such as birches and various brambles.

Where are barn owls when we need them?

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Many gardeners have been plagued to exasperation by rampant numbers of voles in their gardens.

Two stewards of the outdoor world lost

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The end of the year exacted a steep toll. Looking forward is the more difficult, but no less important.

Taking stock at home

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While our year contains 52 weeks, these few, the holidays, are when we really think about things, our direction.

Nurturing winter green, learning about beans

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Holly provides spiky, glossy, evergreen foliage, and red berries, a valuable asset to the winter garden and landscape, not to mention to the birds it shelters.

Beat the winter blues, and grays

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Strategically situated evergreen ground cover can maintain some life in the winter garden scape.

A colorful look and a savory taste

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Creative plantings can keep gardens looking perky even now, just as creative cooking can change minds about an unpopular veggie.

Effective strategies for garlic

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The general consensus is that garlic growing on Martha's Vineyard has increased in importance for Island growers and cooks.

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.