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Planting by the Moon

Hello fellow readers, Did you notice the full moon lighting up our nighttime snow-scape last week? No flashlights needed. It made me think of planting by the moon’s phases, a practice as old as agriculture. True it’s largely based on legend, but there are scientific concepts to back i

Seed Drooling Devices

Hello fellow readers, It’s been fun hearing about your favorite seed catalogues. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is one of your favorites. And what a history of the American Dream! At age 3 owner Jere Gettle began growing plants and in 1998, at 17, he printed his first catalog. Since
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Seed Fairies

Hello fellow readers, Last week The Press published a wonderful quote by Robert Brault. ‘In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy.’ Turns out the day before it published I happened to speak with the seed fairies at Catherine Dickson Hofman Library in Blairstow
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Extend the Joy!

Hello fellow readers, I always feel sad when I see retired Christmas trees curbside. It feels wasteful, even though they’ve served their intended purpose, to toss them out in the trash when there is still more these beauties can do. Its true many towns have programs of gathering used
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Show me the Money Tree

Hello fellow readers, I recently visited with Diana of the Hospice Grief Center in Newton. What gifts her wisdom, kindness and the services of Hospice are. In the entry area is a beautiful tropical looking plant with a nifty braided trunk that I asked her about; teasing that it looked
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Party with Paperwhites

Hello fellow readers, It’s starting already. Gardening withdrawals. Margaret of Washington asked how to force Paperwhite bulbs which reminds me of a simple winter withdrawal remedy that also makes a wonderful Christmas gift. It’s as easy as putting the Narcissus papyraceus bulbs in wa
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Winter Decorating with Road Kill

Hello fellow readers, Busted! My buddy Paulette from Blairstown caught me picking up road kill the other day. My philosophy is, if you can’t find all that you need in your own digs there’s nothing wrong with a little roadside cleanup. Road kill is Paulette’s witty description of wintr

Winter Weather Predictions 2014-2015

Hello fellow readers, We sure had an early preview of things to come and I wasn’t ready. What a sight to see as I rallied in snow boots and cross country ski garb in the heavy pre-Thanksgiving Day snow to cut back my Eupatorium /Joe-Pye Weed and lay their seed heads under the snow ont
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Winter Burn

Hello Fellow Readers, Now that the tundra has melted away the damage caused by our infinite winter has come to full view.  Holy cow! Or should I say Holy Deer. For the first time my evergreen shrubs were hammered by Bambi. I’m trying not to hold a grudge as the poor things were starvi

Salt Impact on Plants

Hello fellow readers, This is getting silly – another 15 inches of snow followed by an icy wintery mix! John from Blairstown stopped while I was walking Ellie during the latest one-two punch and said, “You get an A for effort!”  Thanks John, I like to think of myself as an achie