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Sleeping Beauty: The winter garden

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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By now winter has settled in across the north-country and a light snow covers my Goshen garden. I know it will be six more months before the snowdrops and daffodils pop up to announce the arrival of spring.

During the warmer months of the year our gardens, brimming with colorful flowers and abundant vegetables, are surely beautiful. And of course, from spring until fall, a host of different gardening activities beckon us outside — there are seeds to plant, weeds to pull, vegetables to harvest and so much more.

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Six garden chores to do before winter

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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This year our first killing frost hit most of Vermont in mid-October. We awoke one morning to find a frosty lawn while, overnight, the leaves on tender plants like tomatoes and impatiens had turned a nasty black color. The growing season was drawing to a close.

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Community garden grows food, flowers, friendships

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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The Middlebury Area Community Garden is hidden away in a sunny corner at the northern end of the grounds at Porter Medical Center (near the employee parking and not far from the new dog park).

Here you will find 16 individual garden plots filled with ripening vegetables and bountiful flowers. Each plot measures 20-feet long by 4-feet wide, and is separated from its neighbor by a neat 2-foot wide straw covered path.

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Winning the battle of the weeds

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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Surely weeds are some of nature’s greatest opportunists.

They appear spontaneously in places where other plants would not stand a chance, such as in disturbed soil or along the dry salty edges of Vermont’s beloved dirt roads.

And in our gardens? Within weeks of making our beds all tidy and seemingly weed-free, new weeds just pop up uninvited!

How does this happen?

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Cady's Falls garden is a Vermont gem

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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A Vermont garden gem

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early June when Dick and I set off to visit some of our favorite haunts. After crossing the Green Mountains at the Brandon Gap we began our afternoon in fine style, enjoying a delightful lunch at Sandy’s Cafe and Books in Rochester.

Then we took Route 100 north through the beautiful Gulf of Granville, past Waterbury and into Stowe, where we followed the Stagecoach Road to its end and, after two successive quick left turns, reached our final destination.

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Climate change: Hardy plants that are ready for it all

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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As I look back on last summer, both here in Vermont and all down the eastern seaboard, I recall it as incredibly dry and also very hot — not an easy time for our gardens.

And a quick check of the NOAA website for Burlington reinforced my impressions. The overall rainfall in the summer of 2016 was 50 percent below the long term average. A total of 15 inches of rain fell between May and October, compared with the long-term average of 22 inches, and every month was drier than the long-term norm.

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Bleeding hearts bring grace to spring gardens

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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Everyone loves Bleeding Hearts, with their delicate flowers — each reminiscent of a little pink heart with a tiny drop of blood dripping from it — that are perfectly complimented by mounds of dainty fern-like leaves. They bloom in mid-spring, once the weather is settled and winter’s chill is out of the ground.

There are actually several kinds of Bleeding Hearts and their near relatives — all of which make delightful plants for the spring garden.

Fringed Bleeding Hearts

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Think spring! Color and blossom return to Vermont gardens

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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As I started to write this ? on the first day of April no less ? we were in the midst of a crazy late-winter blizzard. But already the snow has started to recede, and I am happily anticipating the beautiful flowers of spring. 

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Late winter pruning: The perfect antidote for cabin fever

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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Late winter is cabin fever season; after months of indoor living we find ourselves yearning for spring, and we can surely be forgiven for grumbling about Vermont’s recent March blizzard.

Wikipedia describes cabin fever as “a claustrophobic reaction from being confined in a small space for an extended period of time, resulting in extreme irritability and restlessness, often accompanied by an urge to go outside, even in rain, snow, dark or hail.” I certainly understand the urge to get outdoors, but I prefer to skip the rain, dark and hail.

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Sowing summer: black-eyed Susans for every garden

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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The days are getting longer and winter is drawing to a close.

March is upon us and Vermonters are getting serious about planning for the gardening season ahead. What new garden projects should we undertake  and what new plants will we try?

It is also ‘seed-starting month’ in the North Country. If you sow seeds indoors in March, the young plants will have a two-month head start before you move them to their long-term garden home.

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