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Henry Homeyer: Build your own cold cellar

Henry Homeyer: Build your own cold cellar

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ihad a banner year for root crops this year, and storage is a problem. For the past few years I had been storing root crops in a spare fridge, or in an old 25-gallon crock with a plywood lid in my cold basement. This year, I went back […]

Henry Homeyer: Berries, boughs and ferns for the winter home

Henry Homeyer: Berries, boughs and ferns for the winter home

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is the dark time of the year. The sun sets early, and is often obscured by clouds dripping rain and snow. For that reason, I string bright lights on trees outdoors, decorate a tree indoors, place candles in my windows – and lots more. I buy cut […]

Henry Homeyer: Holiday gifts from and for the garden

Henry Homeyer: Holiday gifts from and for the garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC By the time you read this, Black Friday has passed us by. I know that some people stand in line that day, starting before the sun comes up to get special deals on electronic games and various widgets, but I have never done so. And won’t. My loved […]

Henry Homeyer: Keep your home bright with flowers through winter

Henry Homeyer: Keep your home bright with flowers through winter

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Each fall, around this time, I pot up daffodils, tulips, crocus and other bulbs for indoor blooming. It takes a long time for bulbs to establish roots and get ready to bloom, come spring. The sooner you do so the better, as most bulbs need three to four […]

Henry Homeyer: The many pros of taking an extra step with your perennials

Henry Homeyer: The many pros of taking an extra step with your perennials

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Now is a good time to divide and transplant some of your perennials. I recently dug up and moved Shasta daisies, Siberian iris and snakeroot (Cimicifuga spp). Most perennials can be divided in either spring or fall. However, experience is the best way to know what season is […]

Fight off insects with nature, not chemicals

Fight off insects with nature, not chemicals

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC As an organic gardener, I am always looking for ways to minimize the chances of pests or diseases in my garden. I don’t use fungicides or insecticides, even those that are all-natural and are approved for use by organic farmers and gardeners. I want it all: tasty veggies […]

From summer garden to winter table: storing your harvest

From summer garden to winter table: storing your harvest

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC This was a good gardening year with adequate rain and adequate sun. I have enough food from the vegetable garden to sample some every day, for the rest of the year. Eating something from my garden every day is a bit of an obsession, but not all that […]

Little bloomers grace the garden in fall

Little bloomers grace the garden in fall

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Frost was late this year. It was nearly mid-October before we had a hard frost, one that murdered the zinnias and blackened the basil. For me, hard frost is a day to mourn a little, to spend a few moments missing the summer that passed, for the tomatoes […]

Plant garlic now for a delicious summer harvest

Plant garlic now for a delicious summer harvest

FROM THE EDITOR: The Chester Telegraph is happy to welcome gardening expert Henry Homeyer to our family. You’ll be able to read his column beginning today and every Sunday morning hereafter. By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Growing garlic involves less work than anything else I grow. There really are only three steps: plant […]