Chores to Do Before Real Winter Arrives

Our gardens are put to bed for the winter: veggie stalks are pulled and composted, perennials are cut back, weeds pulled, leaves raked. Everything is a snug as a bug in a rug. But I’m not done quite yet – and you might have a few chores to do before deep snow arrives, too.

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Feeding the Birds, Naturally

By now many of us are providing seeds to the neighborhood birds. Of course the seeds we provide are just a part of the diet of a wild bird. It’s important to grow a diverse selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials to help provide shelter and nesting places for our wild friends, and to provide food all year long.

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Vegetables I’m Still Eating Fresh from the Garden

Granted, I have a vegetable garden mainly so I can have fresh, succulent tomatoes from July until sometime in October. But I also have grown, I think, all vegetables that will grow in our climate. Right now, in late October, my saved tomatoes are all eaten, but I am enjoying plenty of other fresh veggies, and I am storing others for eating later.

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Garlic Needs to Be Planted Now!

CORNISH FLAT, N.H. – When I was growing up, my mom served meat and potatoes nearly every night. Our vegetable was peas or cooked carrots, and once a week or so we had an iceberg lettuce salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots with dressing from a bottle. So I don’t really know how I developed a taste for complex flavors. But I grow and cook with a lot of garlic, and find it adds depth and intensity to soups and stews. Now is the time to plant some for next year.

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