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Peonies: June beauty queens

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Peonies are one of the most beautiful and venerated garden plants. With their massive blooms in shades of red, pink and white and yellow they are the queens of the June garden. And best of all, given fertile soil, good air circulation and adequate sunlight, peonies are not only easy to grow but they are also extremely long-lived.

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Peonies: June beauty queens

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Peonies are one of the most beautiful and venerated garden plants. With their massive blooms in shades of red, pink and white and yellow they are the queens of the June garden. And best of all, given fertile soil, good air circulation and adequate sunlight, peonies are not only easy to grow but they are also extremely long-lived.

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Farm garden: Sights and smells of springtime

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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It was already the third week of April when “Old Man Winter” decided to pay us one more snowy visit. But I was in a springtime paradise, inside a vast tunnel greenhouse surrounded by hundreds of vigorous five-foot high tomato plants.

I was at Woods Market Garden (just a couple of miles south of Brandon and not far from where I live in Goshen) and the owner, Jon Satz, was graciously giving me a guided tour.

Home-grown tomatoes in early June

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'No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn'

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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This wonderful saying by the American nature journalist, Hal Borland, perfectly captures my attitude at this time of year. 

And, while this has surely been an ornery winter, spring is officially here (technically it arrived on March 20 even if the temps might still need to climb a bit).

The bitter cold of January with almost no snow — deep snow actually helps by insulating the ground — I worry that the cold snap could have damaged the roots of particularly vulnerable perennials. We’ll find out soon.

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A garden for all seasons

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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This is the dream of gardeners everywhere: A garden that will be beautiful in every season — and indeed in every month — of the year. While this may seem to be a somewhat unreachable aspiration, I can assure you it is not at all out of the question.

We winter-weary Vermonters are already anticipating the flowers that will grace our gardens throughout the coming season. And many of us are also eagerly making plans for the new plants we hope to add in 2018.

Ever-changing seasons

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Native plants: Two books outline what to grow and how to grow it

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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DID YOU KNOW? Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury is acquiring all three books mentioned in this article on why and how to use native plants in our gardens.

 

We often hear of the importance of using native plants in our gardens.

First and foremost, native plants are extremely beneficial for the wider environment. In addition, since they are adapted to our climate, they should be easy to grow. And finally they help us create gardens with that elusive feeling of “belonging” in the wider landscape.

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From dreams to reality; making plans for your 2018 garden

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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January is surely the quietest month of my gardening year. Outdoor chores are limited to a little pruning, and it will be three months or more before the first flowers of spring — snowdrops, daffodils, Lenten roses to mention just a few — start to push their way through the cold earth to greet the new season.

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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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