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Gardener's Notebook
Between heaven and hellebores

Early blossoms and evergreen foliage recommend these deer-resistant beauties


Deep in the hills of West Virginia, at the end of a steep, gravelly driveway, is where I found Glicksterus Maximus. Sounds like a plant, doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s the self-ascribed nickname for Ba...

October 20, 2011 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 1067 1067 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rousted out of bed(s)

Clean up all tomato plant debris to prevent diseases next year


One more sandwich of sliced tomatoes laid on homemade bread and topped with cheddar cheese, warmed until melted, and I’ll close the garden gate on fresh tomatoes for the year. Tomato season used to...

October 13, 2011 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 1058 1058 recommendations | email to a friend
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Drive them squirrelly

Overgrown field frustrates wannabe hazelnut marauders


It’s a tied score: one for the squirrels, one for me – at least since I started counting, which was last year. I had some squirrel issues in previous years, but last year is when all-out war starte...

October 06, 2011 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 1062 1062 recommendations | email to a friend
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Given a fig

Latitude, altitude and other factors determine what fruits can be grown outdoors


I didn’t need the house number to hone in on Bassem’s home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania last Saturday. The Asian persimmon, pawpaw and fig trees rising above the front hedge distinguished the landsca...

September 29, 2011 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 1059 1059 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sungold sunset

Champion cherry tomato rounds out satisfying summer harvest


As the curtain slowly closes on the summer garden and the autumn garden edges toward its glory, I’d like to offer thanks – no, not a religious thanks for a summer of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, o...

September 22, 2011 12:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 1070 1070 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tuck-in time

When to use a cover crop and when just compost as you put your garden to bed


I’m frantically getting ready for spring. Mostly, that means making compost. Compost piles assembled now, while temperatures are still relatively warm, heat up right to their edges, cooking quickly...

September 15, 2011 12:38 PM | 0 0 comments | 1055 1055 recommendations | email to a friend
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Good riddance, Irene

Assessing storm damage to a floodplain garden


The nice thing about living in a floodplain is its fertile, rock-free soil. Here on the floodplains of the Wallkill River, I can dig a three-foot-deep posthole in about five minutes. The soil here ...

September 08, 2011 01:04 PM | 0 0 comments | 1068 1068 recommendations | email to a friend
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That stinging sensation

Abundant yellowjackets are ravaging this year’s raspberry crop


For the past couple of months, I’m not so sure that my duck knows that she’s a duck. She and another female duck once shared a drake, and they all lived together in their own “Duckingham Palace.” S...

September 01, 2011 08:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1068 1068 recommendations | email to a friend
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A little kelp from my friends

Are the trace minerals in seaweed worth the extra cost?


Seaside and woo woo are permeating in my farmden this afternoon. Both can be easily explained, in spite of the fact that I’m 80 miles or so from the nearest seashore and that I am pretty grounded. ...

August 25, 2011 10:55 AM | 0 0 comments | 1073 1073 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hedging your bets

The right shears make maintaining privet a breeze


Privet is a lowly hedge, as far as hedges grow. It’s common, it’s mundane; its white flowers give off a sickly aroma in June; it’s even banned in certain areas because it can be invasive. As implie...

August 18, 2011 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 1080 1080 recommendations | email to a friend
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