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Overwhelmed by the abundance of fruits and veggies ripening in  your garden?  Does your CSA offer more cukes than you can consume? These tried-and-true methods of preserving produce will extend the expiration date on your farm-fresh bounty. For step-by-step instructions, we’ve linked to online resources from the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Your local...

Midsummer Activities That Celebrate The Landscape

The summer solstice has been observed for millennia and across cultures as a celebration of light, fertility and the abundance of the natural world. With full foliage overheard and sun in the forecast, midsummer presents the perfect opportunity to embrace the season. Here are some activities that take advantage of this special time of year...

Edible Yard 101

It’s easy to get excited at this time of year in the grocery store. Behold the green bounty—ramps, fiddleheads, dandelion greens, burdock root, oh my! But did you know that you can actually get many of these foods for FREE—potentially even in your own backyard? Yep, with a little know-how and some patience, wild foraging...

Planning a Home Orchard

Fall in New England is practically synonymous with apple picking or heading to the farmers’ market to stock up on sweet, juicy pears. If you’ve ever wished you could enjoy these and other tree fruits right in your own backyard, a home orchard is within your reach. All it takes is some careful planning, early...

Edibles in the Landscape~Kousa Dogwood

by Mike Mugridge “Edibles in the Landscape,” championed by designers like Rosalind Creasy, has been a popular trend for many years.  Incorporating vegetables into ornamental arrangements and vice versa is an ecologically, aesthetically, and economically sound idea—and the design possibilities are endless. It’s worth noting, though, that most “ornamental” gardens and landscapes, created across the...

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