RSSAuthor Archive for Henry Homeyer

Henry Homeyer is a lifetime organic gardener living in Cornish Flat, N.H. He is the author of four gardening books including The Vermont Gardener's Companion. You may reach him by e-mail at henry.homeyer@comcast.net or by snail mail at PO Box 364, Cornish Flat, N.H. 03746. Please include a SASE if you wish an answer to a question by mail.

Henry Homeyer: Easing a long winter with a good book and ample learnings

Henry Homeyer: Easing a long winter with a good book and ample learnings

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing Here in New England winter is long, especially for gardeners. We want to be outside in the garden but most days we can’t really do much. I compensate by learning about gardening from books. I recently finished a good one, Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life by […]

Henry Homeyer: How to plan your winter veggies

Henry Homeyer: How to plan your winter veggies

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing I am probably not the only person who is determined to lose a little weight after all those delicious but fattening meals and desserts served up over the holidays. One way to feel satisfied and lose weight is to eat more salads and enjoy more vegetables. That’s my […]

Henry Homeyer: How to craft your winter wreath

Henry Homeyer: How to craft your winter wreath

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing Winter is upon us and it may seem there is little for a gardener to do. No weeding, nothing to plant, no flowers to pick. But last year’s garden may still have some remnants that, with a little imagination, can create something pleasing to the eye. I went […]

Henry Homeyer: Introducing children to the 'World of Wonders'

Henry Homeyer: Introducing children to the ‘World of Wonders’

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing One recent morning I decided it was time to finish reading a small book of essays I had started long before, and savored, but had (inexplicably) put off finishing. World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments is a delight, from start to finish. […]

Henry Homeyer: Guide to your winter mulching and composting

Henry Homeyer: Guide to your winter mulching and composting

By Henry Homeyer © 2021 Telegraph Publishing Although we had a little snow on the ground for much of November and December, snow has been scarce as we move towards the New Year. If this continues, does this have any consequences for our gardens? Yes, it can. If we have bare ground and a very […]

Henry Homeyer: 'tis the season of paperwhites and amaryllis planting

Henry Homeyer: ’tis the season of paperwhites and amaryllis planting

By Henry Homeyer © 2021 Telegraph Publishing As winter drags along, I long for warm sun and green plants surrounding me outdoors. It’s much too early to start spring seeds (even indoors), but I can plant some flower bulbs. I love paperwhites and amaryllis, and both are readily available for planting now – and they […]

Henry Homeyer: All hail this misunderstood hero vegetable

Henry Homeyer: All hail this misunderstood hero vegetable

By Henry Homeyer © 2021 Telegraph Publishing Like Rodney Dangerfield, kale doesn’t get enough respect. I’ve been told that it only became a commonly grown vegetable in the 1970’s when salad bars ordered it to use as the bed upon which other edibles like tomatoes, carrots and cukes slept on in nearly ordered arrangements. No […]

Henry Homeyer: Brighten the dark days of winter

Henry Homeyer: Brighten the dark days of winter

By Henry Homeyer © 2021 Telegraph Publishing This is the darkest time of the year: Not only are the days short, clouds obscure the sun much of the time. Many of us find the gloom oppressive, especially when there is neither enough snow to ski, nor ice to skate on. And for gardeners, there is […]

Henry Homeyer: Holiday gifts for your gardener

Henry Homeyer: Holiday gifts for your gardener

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Who’s ready to shop? Every time I turn on the radio or open a newspaper, there are articles about supply chain issues. Even the reliable old U.S. Postal Service is saying deliveries may well be delayed. So share some garden produce this year or shop at a local, […]

Henry Homeyer: Roasting garden produce

Henry Homeyer: Roasting garden produce

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC One of the reasons I garden is that I love to cook and to create wonderful, flavorful dishes that I might not get elsewhere. I think many gardeners share that inclination. One of the techniques I have not used much is roasting vegetables, but I recently did some […]

Henry Homeyer: The leafy unsung heroes of fall foliage

Henry Homeyer: The leafy unsung heroes of fall foliage

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC New England is known worldwide for its fall color. People swarm here from all over, largely to see the color of our sugar maples. As I senior citizen I am legally entitled to drive around at 25 miles per hour, holding up traffic and enjoying every brilliant red […]

Henry Homeyer: Saving your trees from a wintery death

Henry Homeyer: Saving your trees from a wintery death

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you have cleaned up the vegetable garden and cut back your perennials, you might be feeling just a little smug – especially since this gardening guy admits he is behind you in completing those tasks. But there may still be tasks for you to do, and important […]

Henry Homeyer: planting bulbs for forcing indoors

Henry Homeyer: planting bulbs for forcing indoors

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love the winter, but by March I am ready for spring. I usually have some snowdrops blooming in March on a south-facing hillside, but they are subtle, not bodacious blooms. So I plant lots of bulbs indoors in the fall and keep them cool until it is […]

Henry Homeyer: Fall planting time is here

Henry Homeyer: Fall planting time is here

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Spring is all about planting, but many gardeners overlook fall planting. Now is the time to plant garlic and spring-blooming flowers planted as bulbs. For me, fall planting is a joy: the thought of bulbs nestled into the ground just awaiting spring fills me with hope. And if […]

Henry Homeyer: Checking off your list of fall chores

Henry Homeyer: Checking off your list of fall chores

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Those big yellow school buses have been lumbering along for well over a month now, so you know it is time to start getting your gardens ready for winter. This is a good time to work outside: the bugs are fewer and it’s not so cold that you’ll […]

Henry Homeyer: Putting away veggies for winter

Henry Homeyer: Putting away veggies for winter

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Like any industrious squirrel, I am getting food stored and ready for winter. Even if your vegetable garden is depleted, you can buy things in bulk from your local farm stand now to save for winter. Each type of veggie has its own requirements. Some like a cool […]

Henry Homeyer: the unfortunate gardener gets the worm

Henry Homeyer: the unfortunate gardener gets the worm

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC After decades of improving my garden soil, I have an infestation of Asian jumping worms. They can eat all the organic material in the soil, depleting it terribly. These foreign invaders multiply more quickly than our common worms, outcompeting them. Everything I have read about them says they […]

Henry Homeyer: Flowers fit for garden royalty

Henry Homeyer: Flowers fit for garden royalty

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monarchs are on the move! It is time for their long trip to Mexico to spend the winter. And like marathon runners, they need to bulk up on calories before the event. You may have let a patch of milkweed grow on the edges of your property to […]

Henry Homeyer: The art of hedges and fences

Henry Homeyer: The art of hedges and fences

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC While vacationing recently on the Maine coast I admired many nice gardens. Many of them had hedges or fences, more than I am used to seeing in rural New Hampshire. When settlers first arrived in New England they dug out stones left by the glaciers some 10,000 years […]

Henry Homeyer: DIY compost to build better soils

Henry Homeyer: DIY compost to build better soils

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Most gardeners do some composting. Some folks compost anything that once was part of a living plant, often mixing it with barnyard waste; they turn and aerate their piles and make terrific compost in record time. Others are lazy composters who just throw kitchen scraps or weeds in […]