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Stock Up Now on Autumn Leaves, Pine Needles, and Composted Nannyberries

on Oct. 13, 2013, at 6:40 p.m.
I spent a good part of the past week hauling pickup loads of composted goat manure (nannyberries) from Seal Cove Farm in Lamoine to Marjorie’s Garden, wheelbarrowing each load to a spot behind the vegetable garden, forming a berm that will spend the winter under a tarp.  It is an …
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The Garden in October

on Oct. 06, 2013, at 9:23 p.m.
Author’s Note:  The following gardening tips for October are taken from THE NEW ENGLAND GARDENER’S YEAR by Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto (2013, Cadent Publishing, Thomaston, Maine).  It is an excellent reference book for planning next year’s garden and makes an great holiday gift!  It can be purchased at local …
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Berkshire Botanical Garden Provides Grist for the Garden Writer’s Mill

on Sept. 28, 2013, at 9:19 p.m.
For a garden writer, regional botanical gardens are grist for the mill, always worth the journey for the new plants and new gardening ideas that I can share with my readers.  A recent rainy morning visit to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, provided the perfect hiatus from the …
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A Rainy Afternoon at Tower Hill Botanical Garden

on Sept. 21, 2013, at 9:03 p.m.
This August, when the pace of work in Marjorie’s Garden had decelerated, I visited two of my favorite botanical gardens, both in Massachusetts.  I spent an overcast Sunday morning at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, followed by an even soggier Monday afternoon at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in …
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Sow Cover Crops in Open Areas of the Garden

on Sept. 12, 2013, at 11:39 a.m.
Beginning in mid-September, as summer vegetable crops stop producing, each open space in the garden should be sown to a cover crop of either annual ryegrass, winter rye, or oats.  These cover crops will protect the soil over the winter when it would otherwise be bare, vulnerable to erosion by …

Upcoming Talk: Creating a Four Season Garden

By Reeser Manley on Sept. 05, 2013, at 8:16 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Woodlawn Museum and Community Gardens, Route 172 Surry Road, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: Woodlawn Museum and Community Gardens; 667-8671 Sat., Sept. 14, 1-2:30 PM Creating a Four Season Ornamental Garden with Mostly Native Plants – Woodlawn Museum and Community …
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September Begins a Composting Marathon

on Sept. 05, 2013, at 8:06 p.m.
[Author’s Note:  The following essay first appeared in The New England Gardener’s Year by Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto (2013, Cadent Publishing, Thomaston, Maine).] September begins the busiest composting season.  Through the autumn months, one of our compost bins fills to overflowing with discarded plant material from every part of …
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The garden in September

on Aug. 29, 2013, at 10:15 a.m.
“I grow old, I grow old,’ the garden says.  It is nearly October.  The bean leaves grow paler, now lime, now yellow, now leprous, dissolving before my eyes.  The pods curl and do not grow, turn limp and blacken.  The potato vines wither and the tubers huddle underground in their …
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The best white heirloom cucumbers for growing in pots

on Aug. 23, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.
As mentioned in my last column for 2012, this garden season I am conducting a trial of cucumber varieties that have white, cream, or brown skins.  Until this year my interest in cucumbers other than green had been limited to the Boothby Blonde variety, a 60-day heirloom cuke grown for …
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The Garden Perennials of August

on Aug. 16, 2013, at 1:50 p.m.
This August morning, like every morning since Mia the Beagle came into our lives in late July, she and I took a long walk up and down the dirt road that connects our home with the main road.  While she read the map of smells left during the night, I …
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Discovering New Links in the Garden Food Web

on Aug. 09, 2013, at 10:21 a.m.
I made a commitment to spend more time in the garden this summer simply looking, peering under leaves, turning over stones, peering into the heart of flowers, walking slowly around the garden with no other purpose than to discover something new, to learn more about the garden ecosystem.  I do …
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The Vegetable Garden in August

on Aug. 01, 2013, at 8:34 p.m.
Author’s Note: Much of the following information was gleaned from THE NEW ENGLAND GARDENER’S YEAR by Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto (Cadent Publishing, Thomaston, Maine, 2013).  No gardening season goes by, however, without new insights and new ideas, and these are presented as well. August is a busy month in …
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The Gardener is Never More than Three Feet Away from a Beneficial Spider

on July 25, 2013, at 8:39 a.m.
If there is any truth to the old saying that you are never more than three feet from a spider,  it would be when you are in a garden in tune with nature.  Even when you are not looking for them, spiders appear when you are weeding, harvesting, admiring that …
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Mid-July in Marjorie’s Garden

on July 19, 2013, at 10:28 a.m.
Whenever I am in the garden the camera is always at hand, typically perched on its tripod where the last photograph was taken.  My objective is to document the garden’s biodiversity.  Arthropods – insects, spiders, and the like, along with the plants on which they eke out their living, make …
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Another Boom Year for the Striped Cucumber Beetle

on July 12, 2013, at 1:15 p.m.
Thirty percent of all animals on Earth are beetles with 34 times more beetle species than bird species.  Thus the garden in tune with nature is likely to harbor more species of beetles than any other insect.  Some, like the cucumber beetle, flea beetle, Colorado potato beetle, and Japanese beetle, …
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Vegetable garden tips for July: Battling bugs and weeds and knowing how much to water

on July 04, 2013, at 9:49 a.m.
Dragging the Hose When rain becomes elusive in July – and it likely will, despite the current run of soggy days, I drag the hose around the garden.  Often the water is turned on to a mere trickle and I move the hose end from spot to spot as I …
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Flowering Perennials for the Early Summer Garden

on June 28, 2013, at 1:24 p.m.
(Author’s Note: Last week’s column, “A Few Flowering Perennials for the June Garden” was devoted to favorite herbaceous perennials that bloom in early to mid-June.  The following essay takes a look at the stars of the late June and early July perennial bed in Marjorie’s Garden.  Portions of this essay …
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A Few Flowering Perennials for the June Garden

on June 21, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
Between the two raspberry beds in Marjorie’s Garden, an old stump slowly rots.  It began rotting in this place long before the day 12 years ago when I first came to this garden.  Some portion of it will likely be there 12 years hence, if mostly underground.  Over the years, …
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The Vegetable Garden’s Second Season: Planning and Planting for Fall

on June 11, 2013, at 7:43 p.m.
(Author’s note:  The following essay was taken from The New England Gardener’s Year by Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto (2013, Candent Publishing).  The original text has been revised with new variety recommendations.) Mid to late July is the beginning of the vegetable garden’s second season.  In addition to planting seedlings …
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“We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden”

on June 07, 2013, at 9:27 a.m.
Authors note: The following is the text of my commencement address to the 2013 graduating class of Shead High School, Eastport, Maine.  It has connections to the garden. Mr. Underwood, Mr. Theriault, Mrs. Mitchell, fellow members of the Shead High School staff, members of the board of education, family and …
 
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