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Patchwork: The Foolish Gardener: Learning the hard way ... again

Posted on August 19, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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I stopped growing corn a few years back … for good reason. It takes up precious garden real estate and inevitably gets snatched by some clever critter or other the night before I plan to pick it.

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Patchwork: Environment makes a whole different animal

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Sebastian Miska and Kate Corrigan



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Editor’s note: This week’s writers are Kate Corrigan and Sebastian Miska, who started farming together in Ripton in 2006 and operate North Branch Farm & Gardens. Corrigan grew up in Shoreham, where her family raised their own eggs, pork and poultry; and Miska grew up in the Middlebury area and enjoyed frequent visits to family in Germany, where he developed an appreciation for pork charcuterie.

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Patchwork: College gardens may produce tomato envy

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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Tomato season is finally here. The red (yellow, orange, if not mottled green), juicy, oozing with vitamin C, sweet but slightly acid pungent fruit is in season. And it is a fruit, not a vegetable. We just call it a vegetable.

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Patchwork: Late July musing - hanging onto summer while heading toward fall

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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Yesterday the wind blew hot and surly across the tall field grasses. Today the high dog days of midsummer have pooled around my feet. It is still but for the drone of heat-loving insects and the intermittent warning of a robin, the hissing of a house wren, the drink-your-tea-tea-tea call of the Eastern towhee.

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Patchwork: Good fences don't always make good neighbors

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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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 mutter epithets toward the sky — though he’s a groundhog. There’s no question I’d like to shoot him, but I can’t. We live in town.

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Patchwork: A profligate gardener reforms her ways

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By Abi Sessions



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Editor’s note: Guest writer Abi Sessions of Cornwall has co-raised three strapping children on the products of her vegetable garden and has taught in local schools for 37 years.

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Patchwork: Sometimes gardening is for the birds

Posted on June 30, 2011 |
By Eugenie Doyle



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Barbara took a risk asking me to write a guest column in this fine gardening feature, so full of descriptions of abundance, beauty and delectability. I grew up in a gardening family, my mother a genius with flowers; my great grandfather an orchardist from Sicily.

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Patchwork: The lovely lettuces

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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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 terms of color, texture, even form. But I managed to over-rule her on that detail.

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Patchwork: You didn't plant them, they volunteered

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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Some call them uninvited guests, interlopers, opportunists, ne’er-do-wells, even weeds. Earnest gardeners work hard at banishing these trespassers from vegetable beds, pulling them in fall and spring, evicting them when they pop up during the summer.

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