Category Archives: Garden

On hops and brewing

It has been a couple years since I have done a column on hops and beer. Two things prompted me to do this today. First of all, as I drove from Genesee to William streets — and believe me, navigating … Continue reading

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Ketchup and mustard are staples of summer.

I cannot imagine a summer without them. Life would become very boring. Yes, our hot dogs and hamburgers and sausages would be edible, but boring. We need our mustards, ketchups (or is it catsup) and relishes. Where would we be … Continue reading

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The perks of gardening in pots

I do hope that the garden is coming along well. So far, I think that other than the need for a little rain, the weather is cooperating with us. If you haven’t completed your planting, this week is a good … Continue reading

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Foraging for burdocks and more

Today I saw some “ramps” in the supermarket. They were $14.99 a pound. Ramps are a small, flavorful wild leek. The burdocks are late this year, by nearly three weeks. I suspect that our crazy winter weather had a lot … Continue reading

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Why mulch matters.

If you do not believe that mulching is important, or if you wonder if you’ll be the only one in your neighborhood to do it, I would say, “take a ride.” Drive by Home Depot or Lowe’s and see the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Meghan Markle’s royal wedding bouquet

Yes, the royal wedding is over and done with. It was a real bash. Reportedly, it cost some $45 million to pull it off. Just like your daughter’s wedding? I understand, and believe, that a major part of the money … Continue reading

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Unlikely Partners

It sure has been a busy week here at home. We are trying to get the back yard cleaned up and the pond drained. I am seeing that we are going to be doing a lot of painting in my … Continue reading

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How To Handle Those Easter Plants

Calls this week have mostly been about how to handle those Easter plants that arrived 10 days ago. Here are some things to think about. Enjoy them. I hope that you have kept them in the coolest part of the … Continue reading

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Flowers, Plants and Things —-Sex in the Garden

And you thought that it was we humans who had all the fun. When it comes to attracting partners to getting someone to help fertilize those eggs, most of us don’t have the allure that many plants do. They use … Continue reading

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Birds of paradise and other Hawaii flowers

I almost can’t believe I am writing this in an airplane as I return from Hawaii! I have just attended the annual meetings of the Society of American Florists and of the Professional Floral Communicators International in Maui. I am … Continue reading

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