Category Archives: Pollen Makers

Plants, gardens and produce

Tangles and Giggles

Last week, we abandoned the perpendicular world of suburban American — where even grass and pavement form right angles — for a place of tangled vines and twisted reeds. In Vermont, we found homes full of healthy, boisterous children and fields full of weeds. … Continue reading

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Garden wrap up

This summer in the chaos of preserving produce from my garden, I forgot to care for the plants providing the food. By September, my green bean leaves were nibbled to lacy bits by an unidentified hungry insect. One tomato plant … Continue reading

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Fish bones fertilize and lower lead levels!

A favored fertilizers of organic farmers also helps reduce the amount of lead in your soil and thus in your crops, according to a New York Times article. Next spring, we will be using lots of fish meal in our … Continue reading

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They’re good for your heart, too!

My garden abounds with bush green beans. Before this year, I considered green beans are edible, even enjoyable, but not spectacular. However, my hubby adores the stringy, verdant veggie almost as much as the New England Patriots. (Okay, I’m exaggerating for effect, … Continue reading

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Chard love

Swiss chard is a generous vegetable. I planted it early this spring (4-weeks before our no-frost date) and enjoyed its spinach-like leaves a month later. When spinach disappeared from the farm stands, wilting in summer’s fever, I was still harvesting … Continue reading

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Isaac and the Groundhogs

Over the past two summers, my husband has been battling the vermin that destroy my crops. I’m too squeamish to kill the groundhogs myself. Give me a pig, frog or rat that has been killed, soaked in perservatives and injected … Continue reading

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Garden Woes

In the early spring, I sow seeds with hope, envisioning platters of ruby tomatoes, shelves of crunchy and tart pickles, and fresh lettuce for months. Some time after the first little sprouts lift their head from the soil, disaster strikes. … Continue reading

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