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Arching stems of Polygonum orientale paint a vibrant picture in the garden.

Annuals amid veggies celebrate color

By Janine Pineo on Sept. 25, 2009, at 5:33 p.m.
Life is pointless if you don’t have a romantic plant in your garden. Really.

Pest invasions, early blight, mildew wreak havoc

By Janine Pineo on Aug. 28, 2009, at 6:05 p.m.
I am feeling blighted. Decidedly mildewed. A little wormy. And — not unexpectedly — beset by beetles. Welcome, my friends, to the year of pestilence.

A sage gardener embraces the unknown

By Janine Pineo on July 24, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.
Sometimes, gardening is a series of happy accidents. How many times have you purchased a plant, not knowing what to expect? You take it home, dig a hole and plant it, uncertain as to what it might …

Recent bout of wet weather no bother for lovers of celery

By Janine Pineo on June 26, 2009, at 6:34 p.m.
There’s probably only one vegetable in my garden that found the weather of the past few weeks acceptable. It’s the same one that I will go out of my way to track down when planting time …

As additions to the garden go, this one’s a real plum

By Janine Pineo on May 29, 2009, at 9:31 p.m.
I got hooked a couple of years ago while perusing the offerings at the Orono Farmers Market. There they waited, glowing like jewels nestled in cardboard boxes. I purchased several containers …

From cold hardy seeds come salad days

By Janine Pineo on April 24, 2009, at 7:06 p.m.
It’s not even May and I feel like I am running late. Maybe it’s because it’s spring. Maybe it’s because of the weather. Maybe it’s because the past couple of years I barely got the …

Plans for plants just part of irresistible force of spring

By Janine Pineo on March 27, 2009, at 6:37 p.m.
It smells like spring. That’s all I could think last week just hours before spring arrived as the sun warmed the earth, the snow melted and the soil thawed. It smelled like spring two days …

Gardening thoughts blossoming

By Janine Pineo on Feb. 27, 2009, at 5:50 p.m.

Maine man renews call for Victory Gardens

By Janine Pineo on Jan. 30, 2009, at 5:57 p.m.
Roger Doiron of Scarborough has a message for Barack Obama: “Eat the view.”

Love to all, and peace on earthworms

By Janine Pineo on Dec. 19, 2008, at 4:05 p.m.
Tune up the pitchfork because it is time to frighten the neighbors and small children with this, my latest carol retooling.

A kernel of hope yields an ear full

By Janine Pineo on Nov. 28, 2008, at 5:29 p.m.
I love corn. Every year I thought how I would love to grow corn. So I would search the catalogs for a corn variety that I thought would be “the one.”

Sweet as pie

By Janine Pineo on Nov. 25, 2008, at 4:54 p.m.
The custard was light with a hint of vanilla, but the true star was the squash. The flavor was distinctly that of squash, but sweet because of the sugar. That’s the beauty of Thai food: The flavor is the thing.

Come autumn, asters just hitting their stride

By Janine Pineo on Oct. 24, 2008, at 7:01 p.m.
The glow is unmistakable, sparkling in the perennial wasteland left from a vigorous summer of growth. Not a surprise, really, when your Latin name translates to “star.”

Some conversion data hard to find

By Janine Pineo on Oct. 21, 2008, at 8:33 p.m.
For the Bangor area, the good news is that all but one station are broadcasting at their full range. But as I interviewed people from each local station, a number of other factors became part of the equation.

Be ‘smart’ in converter box choice

By Janine Pineo on Oct. 20, 2008, at 8:53 p.m.
The first five steps are the hardest ones in the conversion to digital TV. Do the time-consuming work on the first five steps featured in the first part of the series published Monday and it makes these next five seem like a piece of cake.

Digital Daze

By Janine Pineo on Oct. 19, 2008, at 8:31 p.m.
It sounds so easy: Apply for a coupon, take the coupon to buy a digital converter box, then go hook up the box to your old analog TV set. You have made the transition to digital TV. Or …

Wrestling with giant cover-up a tradition

By Janine Pineo on Oct. 03, 2008, at 5:45 p.m.
Why is there always a breeze when one is trying to maneuver giant, lightweight pieces of cloth? So it was when the first big frost threatened in mid-September when I decided to haul out the row …


By Janine Pineo on Sept. 23, 2008, at 7:50 p.m.
A dash of whimsy goes into the freshly made soups at Pizza Oven in Bangor. Gary Jewell Jr., who operates the 25-year-old family-owned business with his mother, Kate, said he usually has music playing in the background as he prepares the ingredients for the soups featured on the menu from autumn through spring.

Bruises result from epic battle with pole beans

By Janine Pineo on Aug. 29, 2008, at 9:27 p.m.
The garden seemed to have developed a dip overnight.

Founding Father

By Janine Pineo on Aug. 28, 2008, at 12:35 p.m.