July 14, 2020

Archives for April 2013

Where Summer is Sweet

Few shrubs put on a show in midsummer, which makes Clethra alnifolia a unique native plant. Found growing wild along the length of the Eastern Seaboard and around the Gulf of Mexico, C. alnifolia is … [Read more...]

Get Some Zing with a Burst of Zinnia

• By Janine Pineo • If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then one couldn’t fault oneself for proceeding with caution when a flower is called “mal de ojos.” That’s Spanish for the much less … [Read more...]

Weeping Not Pining

Given half a chance, Picea abies 'Pendula' would end up weeping over the land as a groundcover. But with a well-placed support and training over the years, weeping Norway spruce can reach up to 15 … [Read more...]

Sour Cream Bars

Don't be fooled by the name: The sour cream is used to make this chocolate chip cake incredibly moist and tender. The recipe has been in our family for more than 40 years and is a quick, delicious … [Read more...]

Got Stripes?

Tomatoes are red, right? Not so much. Try green. With stripes. 'Green Zebra' is a superb cultivar that was introduced in 1983, bred by Tom Wagner of Everett, Washington. It is not an heirloom, … [Read more...]

Green Lemon

Cucumber 'Richmond Green Apple' looks a lot like Lemon cucumber and less like an apple. And if that isn't confusing enough, it tastes completely like a cucumber. This Australian heirloom can be … [Read more...]

Elevator Music

Editor’s note: This is one of  an occasional feature, In Review. It could be a book, it could be a product, or it could be anything that warrants a review. This time around, it was our farming … [Read more...]

Pride Before the Fall

• By John F. Chisholm • I'm trying to become proficient on the lathe.  It's a tool with a huge inventory of inside knowledge.  But it's more critical than ever that I progress.  My friend Larry … [Read more...]

Monkey Fruit

You can grow a decent crop of bananas in Maine, if you are talking peppers. Capsicum annuum is not a difficult plant to grow: full sun, rich soil and adequate moisture usually yields good results. The … [Read more...]

‘Pits of Peas’ and Other Pea-culiarities

• By Janine Pineo • Thanks to a steady supply of rain, my garden has grown to gargantuan proportions. Consider the corn. For the past several years, I have planted varieties that produce smaller … [Read more...]