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Root vegetables are a great way to have harvest flavor long into the winter.
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Root vegetables and cellars

Friday, November 27, 2015

Our Thanksgiving table will include Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, beets, parsnips and carrots. Even the Pilgrims might have had some of these vegetables at the first Thanksgiving. Root vegetables were an important part of the food supply in Europe before canning and freezing were available. Root vegetables were harvested in the fall and stored for winter use without … 0

Between the Rows: A new cookbook for apple lovers

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fall is a season of thanksgiving. One of the blessings of the season is a good harvest and this year there has been a spectacular apple harvest — indeed a spectacular fruit harvest of almost every kind. I gave thanks and celebrated with Amy Traverso, author of the The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, during the CiderDays apple tasting at Clarkdale Fruit Farm. I joined … 0

Between the Rows: Biomass for compost

Friday, November 13, 2015

As far as I am concerned, the leaves that fall in the fall are as welcome as the flowers that bloom in the spring. When I lived high on a windy hill in Heath, all the leaves blew away. I helped a neighbor rake leaves and took them away to my compost pile. … 0

Between the Rows: Living with a sycamore

Friday, November 6, 2015

One of the blessings of our new Greenfield house is the tall and majestic American sycamore which gives the front of the house shade and helps cool it in summer. My husband, Henry, and I have never had … 0

Farewell to House at the End of the Road

Friday, October 30, 2015

The time has come to say farewell to the End of the Road. You will notice I am not saying farewell to Heath, because our presence in Heath will not end. When it was clear that it was … 0

Between the Rows: In the Hundred Acre Wood

Friday, October 23, 2015

Winnie-the-Pooh and I did not become acquainted until I was an adult and read what had become literary classics, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, to my young children. I had known of the books, of course, … 0

Between the Rows: Apples, the perfect fruit

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson called the apple the American fruit. Certainly the legend of Leominster-born Johnny Appleseed, once an orchardist and later a traveler on the frontier planting apples, is one of our favorite American stories. However, archeologists have … 0

Between the Rows: Peonies, lush and carefree

Friday, October 9, 2015

Herbaceous peonies are the most glamorous flowers in my garden, so lush and big, and pink, of course. I have planted mostly late varieties so that they will still have some bloom when the roses begin to bloom. … 0

Between the Rows: Harvest rain with Hugelkultur

Friday, September 25, 2015

Learning how to harvest rain and manage water use is an urgent topic in California, where I have been visiting, but it is a big topic for all of us. It is important for us all to manage … 0

Between the Rows: fallscaping

Friday, September 18, 2015

It’s September and time to think about our fallscape. After the heat and riotous color of the summer garden, things can start to look a little tired, but we can include plantings that will bring fresh color and … 0

Between the Rows: Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Friday, September 11, 2015

Most of us know that pollinators are important. Without pollinators, many of the ordinary foods we eat would not be available. We hear about Colony Collapse Disorder, which affects honey bees, but there are thousands of other types … 0

Between the Rows: Julie’s Shade Garden

Friday, September 4, 2015

Like so many of us, Julie Abramson never had much interest in her mother’s garden when she was young, but over the years she has tended three very different gardens of her own. Her first garden in Albany … 0

Between the Rows: Autumnal Arrangements

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Heath Fair is over. Facebook is full of photos of kids going off to college and kindergarten for the first time. You can hardly get into the supermarkets for the ranks of rigidly potted containers of mums … 0

Between the Rows: Drought tolerant flowers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Though caught up in my own need and desire for water-loving plants, I have not forgotten that many need drought-resistant plants. Some gardeners have soil that drains quickly and we all fret about summer months when no rain … 0

Between the Rows: fragrant flowers

Friday, August 14, 2015

Earlier this week, I was watering plants in my new Greenfield garden and noticed a wonderful fragrance. My Clethera alnifolia is blooming, with upright pink panicles that perfume the air with a spicy fragrance. This shrub will possibly … 0