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Henry Homeyer: temperature, timing & more tips for starting seeds indoors

Henry Homeyer: temperature, timing & more tips for starting seeds indoors

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC By mid-March I generally am getting a bit squirrelly. Winter is nearly over but mud season is ahead. It is still many weeks until the snow is gone, the soil warm and dry enough that I can work in my garden. This is the time I like to […]

Henry Homeyer: Trees, shrubs are vital for pollinators

Henry Homeyer: Trees, shrubs are vital for pollinators

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I say “pollinator,” you generally think honeybee, bumblebee and wild bee. But what about moth, butterfly, beetle or fly? Many of those are pollinators, too. I recently read an interesting article about pollinators by Dan Jaffe and Jane Roy Brown in the Native Plant News, a magazine […]

Henry Homeyer: Seven resolutions we can keep

Henry Homeyer: Seven resolutions we can keep

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The holidays have come and gone. Resolutions have been made and broken. Now we New England gardeners are faced with that long, dismal wait before we can start our gardens, and it’s a good time to think about those resolutions we never made: the garden resolutions. If you […]

Henry Homeyer: 'Around the World in 80 Trees'

Henry Homeyer: ‘Around the World in 80 Trees’

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love trees, and find them endlessly fascinating. Each is unique, much as we are. One winter I attempted (and failed) to read all of Michael Dirr’s authoritative Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs – all 950 pages of it. I only read about trees that are hearty […]

Henry Homeyer: 2019's highly anticipated flower shows

Henry Homeyer: 2019’s highly anticipated flower shows

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I am always perked up when the spring flower shows arrive, and I always try to get to a couple of them. If you’re feeling the mid-winter blues, I highly recommend attending one – or more. Here’s this year’s lineup. The first major show is the Connecticut Flower […]

Henry Homeyer: cleaning up your landscape

Henry Homeyer: cleaning up your landscape

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Winter is a good time to look at the trees and shrubs on your property. Even though the snow may keep you from working on your trees, study your landscape now to see if you need to do some judicious tree removal or pruning before summer. In nature […]

Henry Homeyer: Staying busy in the garden’s slow time

Henry Homeyer: Staying busy in the garden’s slow time

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Winter is our slow season, and many gardeners begin to languish as January finishes and spring is still far away. It is important to keep busy. For me, this means reading gardening books and magazines, and working on small tasks that can be done indoors now. Preparing plant […]

Henry Homeyer: Treat yourself, flowers in the winter

Henry Homeyer: Treat yourself, flowers in the winter

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I’m planning to go pick some flowers today. Yes, we got a foot of snow recently and the temperature as I write this is well below zero with the wind chill. And no, I am not crazy. I’m going to go pick them out at my local florist, […]

Henry Homeyer: Hot peppers deserve a place in every garden

Henry Homeyer: Hot peppers deserve a place in every garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I love hot and spicy peppers. As a young man I lived in West Africa for nearly 10 years, first as a traveler, then as a Peace Corps volunteer and Peace Corps country director. I lived in Cameroon and Mali, where hot peppers were an integral part of […]

Henry Homeyer: Borrow ideas from a Chinese garden

Henry Homeyer: Borrow ideas from a Chinese garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Winter is a time for gardeners to rest. No weeding, no mowing, no moving plants from one bed to another. But now is a good time for planning what changes one can make in the garden, come spring and summer. I like to reflect on gardens I have […]

Henry Homeyer: Eat better, eat from your garden

Henry Homeyer: Eat better, eat from your garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC As we go through the holidays, we tend to relax our vigilance about eating, or at least I do. Like a woodchuck bulking up for hibernation, I find myself enjoying comfort foods during the long winter nights – and days. It is easy to gain a few pounds, […]

Henry Homeyer: Holiday reflections

Henry Homeyer: Holiday reflections

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC At this time of year I like to look back on the past year – in the garden, and in my life – to reflect on all the wonderful events of the year. I take time to count my blessings, look at my mistakes, and make plans for […]

Henry Homeyer: Japanese culture makes vibrant mark on West Coast

Henry Homeyer: Japanese culture makes vibrant mark on West Coast

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Visiting a garden in winter allows me to see its bones, the internal structure that supports and enhances the flowers and leaves of the other three seasons. I like to go slowly through a winter garden to allow the spirit and essence of the garden to sink in. […]

Henry Homeyer: Winter wonderland's wondrous trees

Henry Homeyer: Winter wonderland’s wondrous trees

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is not the time for planting trees in New England. But it is a good time for looking at them and deciding what to plant, come spring and summer. Since we have five months or so without flowers growing in our gardens, look at the silhouettes of […]

Henry Homeyer: Keeping houseplants happy, healthy

Henry Homeyer: Keeping houseplants happy, healthy

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC I recently visited my friend Alicia Jenks of Green Dragon Farm in Weathersfield, Vt., to take a look at her houseplants – some 50 or more of them. Alicia considers them her “indoor garden,” her plant friends that keep her gardening all winter. She doesn’t think houseplants are […]

Henry Homeyer: Feed the birds, sans the bird seed

Henry Homeyer: Feed the birds, sans the bird seed

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC This year, given the plethora of squirrels in the universe, I feel that I should just buy a dump truck-load of black oil sunflower seeds and drop it on the lawn in front of the deck. Then maybe the squirrels would let my timid titmice get to the […]

Henry Homeyer: Eat local -- from your backyard

Henry Homeyer: Eat local — from your backyard

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC For breakfast I often drink a green smoothie that includes a banana, kale, some OJ, half a lime, fresh ginger, fresh mint and water. It’s healthy, tasty and uses kale I grew. I usually pick fresh ‘Winterbor’ kale from my garden until mid-December as even temperatures in the […]

Henry Homeyer: holiday gifts for the gardener

Henry Homeyer: holiday gifts for the gardener

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Already, songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” are blaring in stores in an attempt to get us in the mood to buy holiday gifts. Good grief, Halloween is barely over. Still, here are some thoughts for all you eager beavers who […]

Henry Homeyer: Who, what, where and how of pruning

Henry Homeyer: Who, what, where and how of pruning

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you have cut back your perennials, cleaned up the vegetable garden and raked the leaves, you have good reason to be a tad smug. You’re ahead of me, but don’t be too proud – there is still plenty to do outside. It’s time for some fall pruning. […]

Henry Homeyer: Tips for forcing spring bulbs

Henry Homeyer: Tips for forcing spring bulbs

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC One of the easiest and most satisfying gardening activities I do each year is to plant tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus in containers each fall. I keep them in a place that is cold, but not freezing, for three to four months, then bring them into the warmth […]