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Good Fences Don’t Always Make Good Neighbors

Moby Dick the woodchuck is back. No, he is not an albino woodchuck. He just keeps resurfacing. At the moment, he looms larger than life in my tiny garden. I analyze the damage in the morning, raise my fist, and … Continue reading

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Planting Soup

To the chagrin of our college age sons who don’t enjoy change on the home front, we took out an overgrown crab apple tree this spring and added another bed to the vegetable garden. This means there is less lawn … Continue reading

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Lovely Lettuces

Believe it or not, my mother wanted me to carry a large head of lettuce for my bridal bouquet. “It would be beautiful,” she said, “I have always pictured it!” A head of lettuce is indeed a beautiful thing – in … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

When I was a child, we planted the entire vegetable garden at once, over Memorial Day weekend.  Finally it was warm enough to start thinking about planting, and it was a long weekend. Warm enough, you ask? Indeed.  I am … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Here’s the note from a neighbor I found under my door on Mother’s Day morning. “Happy Mother’s Day!…Don’t worry about your rhubarb…it will return and, in the meanwhile, we have enough in our garden for you to pick anytime you … Continue reading

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Ethical Ramp-age?

It is a dilemma.  There’s not much to eat in my garden yet, except sorrel, which is just about ready to pick. We managed to crush the rhubarb when taking out a tree, so that is moot (we hope it … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Compost

I have been messing around with compost. Sounds disgusting — but actually, while I discovered no rich crumbly soil at the bottom of the heaps, I did find rotted material that was quite dry. I think it needs to compost … Continue reading

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Cousins

A version of this article appeared last year in the Addison County  Independent. There is still snow under the piles of leaves in the corners of the yard, but the sorrel is up. And not just peeping through the mulch … Continue reading

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Time to plant?

Beginning of April So the talk at church yesterday in all that beautiful sun was “Can I plant something?” “Is it time for peas? Lettuce? Spinach?”  A year ago at this time it took all my will power not to … Continue reading

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First Harvest?

April 2: Finally a saturday with some warmth! Yesterday’s nor’easter did not materialize, so we’re proceeding with mending the raised beds, and the hoopla of putting in our first tunnel. I may also sow a few early seeds: spinach is … Continue reading

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