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Henry Homeyer: How to care for your trees in winter

Henry Homeyer: How to care for your trees in winter

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Living in New England is a joy, but we gardeners do have some challenges: cold winter winds, deer, rocky soil and more. As we get ready for winter, one of the biggest challenges for many of us are the deer. They are hungry and relentless. In my […]

Henry Homeyer: Feature your own veggies in your holiday feast

Henry Homeyer: Feature your own veggies in your holiday feast

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC I personally think that the Canadians have the right idea: they have their Thanksgiving feast the second Monday in October, right after the harvest. By the time our Thanksgiving rolls around, many gardeners have eaten all their home-grown veggies. It need not be so, of course, if […]

Henry Homeyer: Let’s bring nature inside this winter

Henry Homeyer: Let’s bring nature inside this winter

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I was in the third or fourth grade, way back in the 1950’s, I decided I wanted to grow something indoors in the winter months. My mom grew African violets, but I had little interest in them. I wanted to bring inside some wild plants that […]

Henry Homeyer: Improve your soil now for better spring results

Henry Homeyer: Improve your soil now for better spring results

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC After you’ve weeded your garden, raked your leaves and cut back some of your perennials (and left some for the insects and birds), you may think you are done. You are not. This is a great time to work on improving your soil. Soil amendments do not […]

Henry Homeyer: forced bulbs make for lovely spring blossoms

Henry Homeyer: forced bulbs make for lovely spring blossoms

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love tulips. Fortunately, our dog Rowan keeps the deer away so I can grow them in our garden. But if you have a deer problem and can’t grow tulips (deer think you’ve planted treats for them) – I have a solution. Plant some in pots now […]

Henry Homeyer: Planting your spring bulbs

Henry Homeyer: Planting your spring bulbs

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a boy I was surrounded by hundreds of spring daffodils every year. We lived in rural Connecticut, and the people we bought our house from had planted daffodils by the hundreds in our woods. The woods consisted of sugar maples, huge ones, with a sprinkling of […]

Henry Homeyer: 'Garlic Is As Good as Ten Mothers'

Henry Homeyer: ‘Garlic Is As Good as Ten Mothers’

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Back in the 1980s the Dartmouth Film Department showed a film by Les Blanc called, Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers.  It was shown in “Smell-o-Rama.” Cooking garlic smells were mysteriously introduced to the air system, filling the 900-seat auditorium with the delicious odor of roasted […]

Henry Homeyer: Putting your garden to bed

Henry Homeyer: Putting your garden to bed

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Frost has already lightly brushed my garden, and hard frost is not far behind. Even in warmer spots it is good to start getting ready for winter. Let’s look at some of the key activities for all of us. First, remember to visit and support your local […]

Henry Homeyer: Grow good apples without chemicals

Henry Homeyer: Grow good apples without chemicals

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love the saying that something is “As American as apple pie.” I love apple pie and would have some for breakfast every day if I could. But oddly enough, apples are not native to the United States. They came from Kazakhstan, in central Asia east of […]

Henry Homeyer: Skunks – the good, the bad, and the stinky

Henry Homeyer: Skunks – the good, the bad, and the stinky

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Most New Englanders have had an interaction with a skunk at some point in their lives. That includes my almost 2-year old Golden Retriever-Irish Setter mix, Rowan. He met his first skunk recently, and while avoiding a direct hit, did get a little “eau de skunk,” which […]

Henry Homeyer: Fall flowers to fall in love with

Henry Homeyer: Fall flowers to fall in love with

By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many gardeners go to the plant nurseries in June, and buy things in bloom for their gardens – and rarely go back until the next year. But that means that now, as summer winds down, they have few flowers in bloom. Not me. I buy perennials in […]

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 […]