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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: Keeping weeds at bay with mulch

Henry Homeyer: Keeping weeds at bay with mulch

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Mulch is commonly used to help suppress weeds and to hold in soil moisture in dry times. There are many different kinds of mulch and it is important to get the right kind, and to apply it properly if you wish to get the benefits of mulch. The […]

Henry Homeyer: A mid-summer night's bloom

Henry Homeyer: A mid-summer night’s bloom

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Mid-summer is often a quiet time for flowers – many gardens have fewer dramatic blossoms than in the spring. I have made an effort to have plenty blooming now. It’s true that my Japanese primroses, peonies and Siberian iris have gone by. But I have many others, both […]

Henry Homeyer: It's time to prune your trees and shrubs

Henry Homeyer: It’s time to prune your trees and shrubs

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By now your rhododendrons, lilacs and other spring bloomers have bloomed, and are ready to prune. By pruning now, you will not damage buds that will form later this summer and bloom next spring. This is also a good time to prune evergreens like pines and hemlocks if […]

Henry Homeyer: Here's what you can do with a dead tree

Henry Homeyer: Here’s what you can do with a dead tree

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that I kill plants (just like you probably do). Houseplants, annuals, flowers in the ground, and yes, even trees. Although some oaks live 400 years, most plants naturally have a much shorter life span. And although some […]

Henry Homeyer: Summer chores in your veggie garden

Henry Homeyer: Summer chores in your veggie garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the song goes, it’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy!” Well, not really. Yes, I’ve planted my 53 tomato plants, 200 onions and more, but there is still plenty to do. Let’s look at a few chores you might want to do this weekend. Your tomatoes need […]

Henry Homeyer: Answering your questions on peonies

Henry Homeyer: Answering your questions on peonies

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you don’t have a peony, I’m surprised. If you don’t have three, you should. They are blooming now, and this is a great time to buy them. Go to your local garden center or family-run plant nursery and buy some more, no matter how many you have. […]

Henry Homeyer: crafting your 'no work' garden

Henry Homeyer: crafting your ‘no work’ garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I saw a friend recently who was bubbly and excited about her garden. “It’s full of color and stays that way all summer,” she exclaimed. “It is NO work! All I have to do is water it daily, and give it a little fertilizer every few weeks.” She […]

Henry Homeyer: The Art of Weeding

Henry Homeyer: The Art of Weeding

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC When you face a flower bed and can’t immediately tell what’s a weed and what’s a flower, you have a situation my wife, Cindy Heath, calls Code Red. It happens to the best of us at times, myself included. So what does a gardener do? My wife likes […]

Henry Homeyer: Fun with grandkids will grow life-long gardeners

Henry Homeyer: Fun with grandkids will grow life-long gardeners

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Okay all you parents and grandparents, it’s time to garden with your beloved little ones. That’s right, start them young, make it fun and they will garden forever. The key part is fun. Never make a child pull weeds. Digging in the dirt is fun. Playing with a […]

Henry Homeyer: planning for spring blooming

Henry Homeyer: planning for spring blooming

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Spring puts a spring in my step, quite literally. I bounce out of the house in the morning to see what is blooming, and since early March I have never been disappointed. You know the regular cast of characters in early spring: first snowdrops with their tiny white […]

Henry Homeyer: Insects – friends or foes?

Henry Homeyer: Insects – friends or foes?

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s spring, and insects are hatching, flying and munching. Contrary to what you may think, most are not a problem for your garden. There are over a million named insect species and many – perhaps most – co-evolved with flowering plants. They pollinate our crops and do many […]

Henry Homeyer: Strawberries – plant now, indulge later

Henry Homeyer: Strawberries – plant now, indulge later

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Traditionally, June is the month for eating strawberries. I dream of big, fat, juicy local berries that melt in my mouth and swim in juice when cut and made into strawberry shortcake. But you can, in fact, grow varieties of strawberries that produce berries all summer, or that […]

Henry Homeyer: Pollen and allergies and plants, oh my!

Henry Homeyer: Pollen and allergies and plants, oh my!

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you suffer from spring allergies, this would be a good time to know what plants are affecting your comfort. Right now, many trees are dumping their pollen. Most trees are wind pollinated and produce lots of pollen. They depend on the wind to move pollen around – […]

Henry Homeyer: Time to reflect on our gardens

Henry Homeyer: Time to reflect on our gardens

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is a good time to look carefully at your garden, and to decide what you might do to make it better. Spring is upon us, trees and shrubs are waking up in my garden, but perennials are still mostly dormant and woody plants are just beginning to […]

Henry Homeyer: Did you know your growing habits can help our feathered friends?

Henry Homeyer: Did you know your growing habits can help our feathered friends?

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By now birds are finding their own food and have less need for that sunflower seed we have been providing during the cold days of winter. So what can we do to help our birds as they go into the season of having young? Growing native trees and […]

Henry Homeyer: the art of timing veggie planting

Henry Homeyer: the art of timing veggie planting

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Iknow some gardeners that plant their potatoes or tomatoes in the garden on the same day every year. Not me. I think planting time is best based not only on the last frost date in your garden, but also the soil temperature and up-to-date weather predictions. And of […]

Henry Homeyer: Floral arrangements to welcome spring

Henry Homeyer: Floral arrangements to welcome spring

By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I miss being able to go to my garden and pick flowers for the table. Yes, spring is on the way and even feels present on good days now. But it will be awhile until my daffodils and tulips bloom. My winter aconite, small yellow bulb flowers, are […]

Henry Homeyer: Let's fine prune those fruit trees

Henry Homeyer: Let’s fine prune those fruit trees

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I was a boy I loved to climb trees. I had no fear of heights, and loved the unique perspective I got looking down from the top of a tall pine or maple tree. Now that I’m all grown up, I no longer climb trees – unless […]

Henry Homeyer: Starting seeds – it's time!

Henry Homeyer: Starting seeds – it’s time!

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love starting seedlings indoors when it’s still cold and raw outside. It makes me dream of summer and the first red tomato. For me, it is still too early to plant most things, and I certainly don’t want to have to baby my seedlings along for 12 […]

Henry Homeyer: Grand dreams of tomorrow's trees

Henry Homeyer: Grand dreams of tomorrow’s trees

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I was recently thumbing through my first book, Notes from the Garden, looking for an inspiration for yet another winter article. In it I read that I had planted my ‘Merrill’ magnolia in 2001. I had forgotten that I planted it just  20 years ago this spring – […]