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Henry Homeyer: Spring harvest from the garden

Henry Homeyer: Spring harvest from the garden Parsnips, sorrel, rhubarb and chives make an early debut

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC It occurred to me as I walked up from my vegetable garden recently with a dozen fat parsnips, that gardening has something in common with fishing: You never know if you’re going to come home with something for dinner or not. Those parsnips, which were planted last summer, […]

Henry Homeyer: The woodchucks are coming

Henry Homeyer: The woodchucks are coming

By Henry Homeyer © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Woodchucks, alas, are out and about. Fortunately I don’t have lettuce or green beans growing in my garden yet, as I saw my first one lounging in the sun on April 11 in a neighbor’s field. It was looking relaxed and happy. If you’ve have had woodchucks […]

Henry Homeyer: A quick look at edible natives

Henry Homeyer: A quick look at edible natives

By Henry Homeyer © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s rare that I find a book that is as useful, accurate and easy-to-read as Native Plants for New England Gardens by Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, both on staff at the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Mass. This book presents over 100 species of […]

Henry Homeyer: Blooming indoors for sanity

Henry Homeyer: Blooming indoors for sanity

By Henry Homeyer © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC I recently got a new tool that I’ve been using to pick stems of forsythia and pussy willows. Stems of spring-blooming shrubs put in a vase with water will bloom earlier inside than they would outside – and I’m ready for blossoms. Often the best buds are […]

Henry Homeyer: Oldies but goodies

Henry Homeyer: Oldies but goodies

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC As we lurch toward spring, I spend time thinking about my garden: What will come through this hard winter? What needs to be replaced? What new plants do I want to try? One thing is certain. My grandmother’s peony will survive, and I will feel blessed by its […]

Henry Homeyer: Spring bulbs

Henry Homeyer: Spring bulbs Myriad bulbs can help you force spring to arrive even in snow

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC March has been ferocious. None of this, “In like a lion, out like a lamb” business. The entire month has been a Tyrannosaurus Rex, if you ask me. I’ve done more roof-shoveling this month than I usually do in a year. My poor snowdrops, usually showing me their […]

Henry Homeyer: Seed starting is a cure for Mud Season Blues

Henry Homeyer: Seed starting is a cure for Mud Season Blues

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Is it time to start seedlings yet? Yes, for a few things: artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions and leeks, kale and peppers. Tomatoes I start in early- to mid-April, along with eggplants, lettuce, melons and squashes of all sorts. Root crops are generally started outdoors later on, […]

Henry Homeyer: Put pruning on your spring garden calendar

Henry Homeyer: Put pruning on your spring garden calendar

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC I find it amusing that fruit tree pruning and income tax preparations should take place at about the same time of year, and that many gardeners put off each until the last moment. You might want to start pruning now, instead of trying to do it while adding […]

Henry Homeyer: Grow your flowers organically, for the soil & your blooms

Henry Homeyer: Grow your flowers organically, for the soil & your blooms

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I mentioned to an acquaintance that I not only grow my vegetables with organic methods, but my flowers, too, he looked at me funny and asked, “Why? Are you going to eat your peonies?” No, I don’t eat my peonies, but I do believe they are healthier […]

Henry Homeyer: Tricks and tips to help you grow house plants

Henry Homeyer: Tricks and tips to help you grow house plants

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Even the best vegetable gardener can struggle to keep house plants alive. A champion rose gardener can sometimes kill her fiddle-leafed fig or  her “mother-in-law’s tongue” (also called the snake plant or Sansevieria). Why? Because the growing conditions are really very different. And indoors plants really do depend […]

Henry Homeyer: 10 ways to become a great gardener

Henry Homeyer: 10 ways to become a great gardener

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you want to become a great gardener, you can. It’s really not that hard. Here are 10 things you can do that will help you achieve that goal. Take classes. The flower shows are starting up, and they all have classes with speakers who have been selected […]

Henry Homeyer: Grab your seed catalogs and start to plan

Henry Homeyer: Grab your seed catalogs and start to plan

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Groundhog’s Day has come and gone. That means we’re coming down home stretch. Winter is more than half gone. It’s time to think about ordering seeds, if you haven’t yet. Many great gardeners just don’t bother starting seedlings indoors. They say it takes too much time and effort. […]

Henry Homeyer: I love plants, but I hate these

Henry Homeyer: I love plants, but I hate these

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC There are a few plants I just do not like. Yes, I’m known as the Gardening Guy and have the website to prove it (www.Gardening-Guy.com). So I should love – or at least like – all plants. But I don’t. Now, in mid-winter, it’s a good time to […]

Henry Homeyer: How to identify trees in winter

Henry Homeyer: How to identify trees in winter

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite their lack of leaves in winter, it is not too difficult to identify most trees now. You just have to look at other characteristics such as branching patterns, bark, overall shape, seeds or fruit, where they grow and what their buds look like. I recently went to […]

Henry Homeyer: Mark your calendars for spring flower shows

Henry Homeyer: Mark your calendars for spring flower shows

By Henry Homeyer © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Each winter, just as I am about to give up on life in the North Country and move to an island in the Caribbean, I am saved by the arrival of the spring flower shows. If you think that life is nothing but shoveling walks and wearing […]

Henry Homeyer: A view to improve your white winterscape

Henry Homeyer: A view to improve your white winterscape

By Henry Homeyer © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC During hard winters like this, when we tend to be somewhat housebound, it’s important to have a landscape that we can enjoy from indoors. When I first gardened, I only grew vegetables and flowers, which disappear from view in winter. But now I delight in growing trees […]

Henry Homeyer: Can you protect plants against the deep freeze?

Henry Homeyer: Can you protect plants against the deep freeze?

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC We’ve had some very cold weather recently. And although I hear gardeners at the post office or country store complaining about the cold, the weather has been normal for this time of year. It’s January, after all, and it’s supposed to be cold. It’s even good to have […]

Henry Homeyer: A year in plants, tried and now true

Henry Homeyer: A year in plants, tried and now true

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC 2017 was a good gardening year for me. Although we had some rainy times, some hot and some dry times, overall the weather was conducive to good plant growth. As usual, I tried a number of new things, and here they are: In the vegetable garden I grew […]

Henry Homeyer: Paperwhites & amaryllis make for easy indoor blossoms

Henry Homeyer: Paperwhites & amaryllis make for easy indoor blossoms

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The winter months can be a bit depressing for me. As a gardener there is very little to do, and my supply of colorful flowers indoors is limited. I combat this by buying cut flowers and getting flowers to bloom in pots or dishes. Two of my favorites are […]

Henry Homeyer: pruning and pollarding, techniques to keep you busy

Henry Homeyer: pruning and pollarding, techniques to keep you busy

By Henry Homeyer ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is a time of year when little is happening in the garden. Weeds either have been pulled, or won’t be – until next spring. I’ve cut back most flowers, both perennial and annual. The ground is starting to freeze and we’ve had some snow. It’s a good […]