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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 […]

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 […]