Friday, January 28, 2022

Garden Notes

Seasonal changes next up for Martha’s Vineyard gardeners

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As summer matures, so do caterpillars; butterfly time is here in gardens, meadows, and woodland edges.

Gardeners face a challenge as blooms cycle earlier

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One strategy for extending blooms, where practical, is to include flowering shrubs in your garden planning.

In midsummer heat, Martha’s Vineyard gardeners try to stay cool

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There is always more that can be done to yield results, although sometimes the prospect is daunting. Get me to my hammock!

When food and water run out, resourcefulness can save the day

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If you are new to growing some of your food, you are discovering that success requires a daily commitment of time, observation, and close inspection.

International horticultural ideas apply on Martha’s Vineyard

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Exposure to horticultural techniques employed far away can reap rewards in local gardens.

Dutch growers are efficient, dedicated, and creative

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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

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

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

Extra early season upends gardening calendars

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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

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

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

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

Greening the winter landscape; ordering seeds for spring

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

Maximixing onions, controlling voles challenge Island gardeners

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

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

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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

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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

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