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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: Are your plants suffering from drought?

Henry Homeyer: Are your plants suffering from drought?

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many of my readers are suffering from a serious drought, enough so that plants are losing leaves and going dormant long before they should. Most well established plants will recover from the effects of drought, even if they lose their leaves now. And new things? If you […]

Henry Homeyer: Preserving your harvest

Henry Homeyer: Preserving your harvest

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Now is the time when gardeners often have too much fresh produce. People joke about locking their cars to keep neighbors from placing unneeded zucchinis in them. Our mothers and grandmothers labored over hot stoves on hot days to put up tomatoes in jars for winter, or […]

Henry Homeyer: Time to find a place for the ferns

Henry Homeyer: Time to find a place for the ferns

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many gardeners who focus on flowers and flowering shrubs are missing out on a beautiful and easy addition to their landscape: ferns. A few ferns are a bit aggressive and can elbow their way into flower beds uninvited, but most are polite and offer different textures and […]

Henry Homeyer: Are biennials worth the effort?

Henry Homeyer: Are biennials worth the effort?

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Biennials are some of the least planted flowers we can grow. Why? The year they are planted by seed, they generally do not flower. They only have a clump of low-growing leaves. The second year, the send up a flower spike, bloom, and then die. That’s right. […]

Henry Homeyer: A few arborous musings

Henry Homeyer: A few arborous musings

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC First, August is not the best time for planting trees. Most experts suggest spring or fall when it is cooler and rain more regular. But let’s face it, I’m a gardener, and if I see a nice tree for sale, especially one in bloom or one I’ve […]

Henry Homeyer: How to keep your houseplants happy

Henry Homeyer: How to keep your houseplants happy

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just like kids on school vacation, your houseplants may want to go outside to play. And like your kids, don’t put them out in full sun all day without sunscreen. Well… there is no SPF 30 for houseplants, so you will have to make other accommodations. If […]

Henry Homeyer: Your veggie garden to-do list

Henry Homeyer: Your veggie garden to-do list

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Heat descended on us recently like opening the door to a roaring woodstove. The old adage about colonial India was, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun.” I think that applies here, too. I, for one, have no desire to work in […]

Henry Homeyer: 5 plants to avoid

Henry Homeyer: 5 plants to avoid

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is the time of year when wild parsnips are in full bloom. They stand anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall, and are topped with clusters of tiny flowers facing upward and arranged in a flat cluster called an umbel. The blossoms are similar to those […]

Henry Homeyer: How to move a shrub

Henry Homeyer: How to move a shrub

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC I remember talking to a gardener some years ago who, when I mentioned that her tall pines were interrupting the view, waved a hand and said, dismissively, “Oh, yes, I’ll have someone move them.” I nearly choked. Moving shrubs is not difficult, but big trees? Though theoretically […]

Henry Homeyer: The Mower vs. the Grower

Henry Homeyer: The Mower vs. the Grower

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC In most households, one person is the gardener, and another takes care of the lawn. Or perhaps a hired service or teenager does the mowing and string trimming. But it is common that there is conflict between the two parties. There are ways to minimize the problems […]

Henry Homeyer: Harvesting your free lunch

Henry Homeyer: Harvesting your free lunch

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC My father, may he rest in peace, always told me that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Wrong, Dad. I grow at least three tasty vegetables that require no work to speak of: I just plant, mulch and harvest. If you are a lackadaisical […]

Henry Homeyer: Your early summer to-dos

Henry Homeyer: Your early summer to-dos

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC With the advent of summer, it is time to buckle down and get a few jobs done in the garden. In the vegetable garden it’s time to thin out extra plants that are crowding each other. In addition to carrots and beets, others like rutabagas, kohlrabi and […]

Henry Homeyer: 10 native shrubs for your consideration

Henry Homeyer: 10 native shrubs for your consideration

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many of the “cast iron” shrubs that no one can kill are now deemed invasive: barberry, burning bush, multiflora rose and bush honeysuckle. And many others, while not invasive, have been overused – lilacs, rhododendrons and spirea, for example are nice but not too exciting. Today I’d […]

Henry Homeyer: It's not too late to plant your uncommon favorites

Henry Homeyer: It’s not too late to plant your uncommon favorites

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s not too late to plant some more things in the vegetable garden. It’s only June, and there is still time. Here are some tips for some less commonly planted veggies – for growing and/or using. It’s way too late to start most things from seed, but […]

Henry Homeyer: Think green and be green

Henry Homeyer: Think green and be green

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Do you want to be a better steward of the environment? If so, the first step is to be a gardener: Grow some of your own vegetables, plant some native trees, shrubs and flowers while using no chemicals. But there is even more to think about than […]

Henry Homeyer: Some Like It Moist

Henry Homeyer: Some Like It Moist

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC I like to say that plants can be as fussy as a two-year old facing a plate of overcooked broccoli. Plants know what they want, and will not behave the way you want them to unless you accommodate their wishes. Today, let’s look at a few that […]

Henry Homeyer: Fighting against the invasives

Henry Homeyer: Fighting against the invasives

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Well intentioned people of the past century imported many handsome plants. Unfortunately, some of them – absent the predators of their homeland – became pests here in America. These “invasives” generally spread quickly by seed and root, and can take over our gardens and adjoining wild places. […]

Henry Homeyer: Time to plant that vegetable garden

Henry Homeyer: Time to plant that vegetable garden

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Every gardener has an opinion about when to start planting the vegetable garden. Frost hardy plants like spinach, onions and peas should already be in the ground for most everyone, but tomatoes and peppers? I believe that waiting until June is right for my garden – even […]

Henry Homeyer: falling in love with spring flowers

Henry Homeyer: falling in love with spring flowers

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Spring has teased us this year: she comes, she goes; warm sunny days are followed by high winds, cold rain and even pellets of ice. But the spring flowers persist, starting with those dainty white snowdrops that appear reliably in early March for me. Let’s look at […]

Henry Homeyer: Time to give your lawn a spring makeover

Henry Homeyer: Time to give your lawn a spring makeover

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s about the right time to do a little work on your lawn if it needs it. According to Paul Sachs, the owner of North Country Organics and the author of several books on lawn care, if you want to fill in bare spots, wait until the […]