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Monthly archives for October, 2009

Better Than Kale? Yes!

Better Than Kale? Yes!
Always on the lookout for cold-hardy, richly-flavored greens, and a sucker for anything billed as “popular in southern Italy”, I tried a new one this year. Spigariello liscia in early October. The plants have set a few buds that quickly opened to flowers, but it’s the leaves I’m after! The dusky blue [...]

Homemade Coldframe

Homemade Coldframe
After harvesting potatoes from my new bin, I started to think that setup — made from a three-bay compost bin — looked a lot like a coldframe. And the soil inside is better than any of the soil in my regular garden. So once the potatoes had been harvested, I seeded the area with a bunch of different cold-weather crops. Front to ba [...]

Overwintering Dahlias

Overwintering Dahlias
I was 50 before I discovered dahlias. Part of it was about being a flower snob. Dahlias (like glads) were “out” for many years. But I’m sorry to say that it’s also about climate change. This variety is called Who Dun It. I was 50 before I discovered dahlias. Part of it was about being a flower snob. Dahlias (lik [...]

It’s Time to Plant Garlic

It’s Time to Plant Garlic
Here in Vermont it’s easy to tell when the garlic should be planted. Look up at the hillsides. If they’re a blaze of red, orange and yellow, it’s time. Related Posts Growing Garlic Harvesting Garlic In most parts of the country, late fall is the best time of year to plant garlic. The cloves establish roots before the [...]

Favorite Potatoes

Favorite Potatoes
I found one of my favorite potatoes while on a garden tour in England about 10 years ago. On our way through the Yorkshire countryside on a soggy spring day, our small group stopped at a pub for dinner. Potatoes produce lots of food in a small space, with little effort. My grandmother, a Maine native, grew Kennebecs and Katahdi [...]

Favorite Fall Flowers

Favorite Fall Flowers
The fact that wild asters grow abundantly and in so many climates makes them a good choice for low-maintenance borders and butterfly gardens. A wild aster, thriving in a New England meadow. A reliable, low-growing aster called Woods Pink. An old-fashioned pink aster, paired wit [...]

Our Product; Your Ideas

Our Product; Your Ideas
Our new Orchard Rack seems to be something customers have been looking for, though some folks are using it in unexpected ways. Our new Orchard Rack is not just for things that come from the garden. We love it when customers get excited about a new product. This season’s star is the Orchard Rack. It seems to be something cus [...]

Critter-Proofing Fall Bulbs

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Foil bulb-eating critters by planting daffodils, grape hyacinths (muscari) and other bulbs that deer, chipmunks and rabbits tend to avoid. Spray tulips with Liquid Fence repellent to keep deer and bunnies from eating them. Shown here are two early blooming varieties, Stresa and Scarlet Baby. “I’ve tried bulbs, but the squirrels di [...]
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