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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: Perennials that love moisture

Henry Homeyer: Perennials that love moisture

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I am lucky. Even though my property is relatively small – just over 2 acres – I have all the possible growing conditions a plant could want: wet, dry, sunny and shady. And I’m willing to try almost anything that will survive 20 or 25 below in winter. […]

Henry Homeyer: beyond the perennials, unique ways to make your garden your own

Henry Homeyer: beyond the perennials, unique ways to make your garden your own

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC My garden is the place I go in times of sadness, worry or stress. It makes me feel better. I took a few moments one morning recently to really look at what was in my garden to see what made it so special. I saw that in addition […]

Henry Homeyer: A Midsummer Night's Flowers, Shakespeare's lesser known work

Henry Homeyer: A Midsummer Night’s Flowers, Shakespeare’s lesser known work

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC It is mid-summer now, and my garden is full of gorgeous flowers, some finishing up their display, others just beginning. Here are some I love and what I do to make them happy. The first flowers I see when I walk out my front door are poppies. Annual […]

Henry Homeyer: your humor may be dry, but your garden shouldn't be

Henry Homeyer: your humor may be dry, but your garden shouldn’t be

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC June, for most of us, was a very dry time. When weeds and established perennials started to droop, I knew it was time to water, and I did. But watering done well takes time. And watering done poorly wastes a lot of water, or doesn’t do the job. […]

Henry Homeyer: Roses are red and... easier to grow than you think

Henry Homeyer: Roses are red and… easier to grow than you think

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love roses, but avoided planting any for a long time. They had a reputation for being fussy. I thought they would attract Japanese beetles, and carry black spot and other diseases. In recent years I have been enjoying growing roses and find that modern breeders have come […]

Henry Homeyer: first steps in designing your garden

Henry Homeyer: first steps in designing your garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Let’s say you have just purchased a house and want to create beautiful gardens. How should you begin? I recently visited Gordon and Mary Hayward, both garden designers, at their home in Westminster West, Vermont. Their gardens are as nice as any private gardens I have seen, and […]

Henry Homeyer: warding against pests and diseases

Henry Homeyer: warding against pests and diseases

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC My gardening grandfather came over from Germany around 1910. He was an organic gardener, perhaps because there were few chemicals sold to kill bugs and diseases back then. He gardened the old fashioned way: hen manure for fertilizer, hand picking to keep potato beetles under control, and a […]

Henry Homeyer: Tea at 10 feet, garden parties amid a pandemic

Henry Homeyer: Tea at 10 feet, garden parties amid a pandemic

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In these times, garden parties are few and far between. But if you practice social distancing (tea at 10 feet) and wear masks as needed, you can still share your garden with others. And despite all the hoopla about how people are gardening more, we all still have […]

Henry Homeyer: Everything's coming up clovers

Henry Homeyer: Everything’s coming up clovers

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Let’s face it: most of us do not have a lawn that looks like the grass on a major league infield, and I for one, don’t want one that does. Most professional ballfields are doctored weekly with chemicals: fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, insecticides. They are cut very short, and […]

Henry Homeyer: Dividing and conquering your flower garden

Henry Homeyer: Dividing and conquering your flower garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I spend a lot in plant nurseries. At $10 or more a pop, it is easy to spend a hundred dollars quick as a blink. But I’m also a firm believer in dividing my perennials so that I don’t have to spend so much. Once you have established […]

Henry Homeyer: Uncommon veggies to become acquainted with

Henry Homeyer: Uncommon veggies to become acquainted with

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I don’t mean to sound like I’m bragging, but if it will grow in Cornish Flat, N.H., I’ve probably tried it. Scorzonera? Sure, once, but I was not enthralled by this long, thin root. Peanuts? Once, didn’t get many. Gilfeather turnips? You bet. Many of the things I […]

Henry Homeyer: To plant or not to plant? That's the timely question

Henry Homeyer: To plant or not to plant? That’s the timely question

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Some folks in my part of New England plant seeds in the ground on Mother’s Day and seedlings on Memorial Day weekend. Not me. Others use Mother Nature’s clues: plant spinach when the forsythia blooms, potatoes when the leaves of an oak are the size of a mouse’s […]

Henry Homeyer: Wildflowers for these wild times

Henry Homeyer: Wildflowers for these wild times

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love wildflowers. Right now several species are blooming in my woods, and others are on their way. They are a demure smile before the serious romance of summer blossoms in the main gardens. But after winter, they are loved as much as the bodacious peonies and brilliant […]

Henry Homeyer: Let's get the dirt, on dirt

Henry Homeyer: Let’s get the dirt, on dirt

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC As we move from dreaming to planting, we all want to offer our plants the perfect soil. This leads some gardeners to buy a big bag of 10-10-10 and sprinkle it heavily on everything. For others, manure or compost is the answer to increasing soil productivity and plant […]

Henry Homeyer: oh dear, we've got deer (and woodchucks)

Henry Homeyer: oh dear, we’ve got deer (and woodchucks)

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I have never had much trouble with deer eating my vegetables or flowers. I know gardeners who have wept when they saw that their lovely tulips had been munched by deer just when they were achieving perfection. But I’ve always had dogs, and dogs leave scents that are […]

Henry Homeyer: Early edibles from the garden and woods

Henry Homeyer: Early edibles from the garden and woods

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC OK, you may not want to go to the grocery store so much anymore. Tired of eating canned beans? Want something new for your taste buds? Here are some early things I look forward to each spring. These plants are all perennials, so if you don’t have them, […]

Henry Homeyer: Inch by inch, row by row, let's make these veggies grow

Henry Homeyer: Inch by inch, row by row, let’s make these veggies grow

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In uncertain times, one thing is certain: you can always depend on yourself. If you’re worried about having enough food, grow some vegetables that are nearly foolproof. Gardening is not rocket science. Here’s what you need to know: All vegetables do best in full sun. The minimum amount […]

Henry Homeyer: Planting bulbs soon for summer blooms

Henry Homeyer: Planting bulbs soon for summer blooms

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Wf you’re home from work and champing at the bit to DO SOMETHING, planting some bulbs now for summer blossoms might be just your ticket. I recently got some calla lilies and sword lilies and planted them in pots. Calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) come in various colors and […]

Henry Homeyer: Feeling stuck in a room? Take to the trees and prune

Henry Homeyer: Feeling stuck in a room? Take to the trees and prune

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC We are lucky this March: no deep snow to keep us from approaching our fruit trees, ladder and clippers in hand. Some years we still have thigh-deep snow in March, which is the traditional time to prune our apples, pears, peaches and more. There is nothing magical about […]

Henry Homeyer: DIY spring decor to do at home

Henry Homeyer: DIY spring decor to do at home

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The world seems to be in turmoil, recent news is disconcerting at best. But I stay cheerful, and you can too, by being creative and/or by enjoying the outdoors. Being outside always perks me up. I love looking at my snowdrops, winter aconite and crocus. For creativity, I […]