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Patchwork: Ecological gardening gets tested under stress

Posted on July 20, 2012 |
By Barbara Ganley



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I’m standing at the kitchen sink looking out the window at what should be a pleasing garden scene: the foreground herbs in full flower dotted with bees and butterflies; the middle ground’s tall, sturdy peppers and tree-like tomatoes ripening their fruit near the eggplants and cucumbers; and the background beans scaling sky high on their teepee poles — you know, the way it usually looks out there in midsummer.

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Patchwork: Keep an eye on the garden in hot weather

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Charlie Nardozzi and Leonard Perry



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Proper watering of tomatoes, controlling slugs, and rejuvenating spring annuals are some of the gardening activities for this month.

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Patchwork: Cooling down a hot northern summer

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Barbara Ganley



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With climate collapse pushing Vermont temperatures seemingly ever hotter, it’s tempting, I admit, to head to the hardware store for an air conditioner, a new fan or a kiddie pool when it gets really bad the way it did last week.

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Patchwork: First wave of food reminds us of our good fortune

Posted on June 22, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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It’s the season of first cuttings of hay, fresh peas, garlic scapes, early broccoli and strawberries. The day lilies are blooming, the peonies winding down and the sorrel has bolted even though I have been cutting it back.

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Patchwork: Learn ways to minimize garden allergies

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Leonard Perry



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Generally pollen from plants, but also mold, dust and even scents, can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you’re one of these, you don’t have to give up gardening during part of the season, or have to convert your landscape into silk flowers, gravel beds and garden gnomes or plastic flamingos. Changing some gardening practices, or choice of plants, may be all that’s needed to lessen the symptoms.

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Patchwork: Four days with a Sicilian family

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By Barbara Ganley



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Vermont cooks and gardeners can get a little obsessed. We spot one another across a room and pull off to the side to swap stories and how-tos and what-ifs. We prowl Field Days in search of secrets to those blue ribbons. After all, we’re trying to grow better carrots and tweak that recipe for chocolate cake. We’re insatiable learners. We’re tinkerers. And, yes, we’re show-offs.

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Class cultivates food for thought

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — Last week, through a muggy, overcast haze, science teacher Gabe Hamilton and his sophomore Biology of Foods class diligently tended the Mount Abraham Union High School garden.

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Summer volunteers tend school gardens

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY –– Many Addison County schools have gardens that supply food to their lunch programs and teach students about agriculture during the academic year.

However, over the summer vacation, when these gardens need the most care, students are at home.

Three local schools — Ferrisburgh Central School, Lincoln Community School and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center — have figured out how to address this issue, with solutions ranging from committees to parent involvement to partnering with youth day camps.

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Patchwork: Botswana gardener shares common ground

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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My garden is no longer my own. I have a weeding partner early mornings, when the shadows are long and the air is cool. Annette, from Gaborone, Botswana, is the mother of our “host son,” Aubrey, who has been attending Middlebury College for the past four years. She arrived a week ago to witness his graduation.

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Patchwork: Of seeds and seedlings: A gardener's rocky start

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Barbara Ganley



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I had a bad dream the other night. A classic gardener’s nightmare.

In the dream I awoke to a soft, sunny morning: a perfect gardening day. Robins were working the lawn, orioles were singing cascades of silver notes from the treetops and swallows were darting above the field, black shooting stars against a deep blue sky.

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