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Through The Garden Gate

Procrastination and the shortest day of the year

It’s early December and the shortest day of the year is upon us. The air is frosty before dawn and the ground is getting cold. ... Read more

2 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Those crazy plant people

We plant people tend to be a crazy, obsessive bunch. We plant the same variety of tomato that our grandparents did even though it’s finicky ... Read more

2 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Eat local: Grow your own

Go to just about any restaurant these days and you’re likely to hear a recitation of the origins of every ingredient on your plate: the ... Read more

2 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

A tale of a swale

Generally, I don’t get involved in moving earth to change the lay of the land when I garden. If there are hills, flat areas and ... Read more

2 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Curing the August doldrums

It was unspeakably hot and dry, and then we got lots of rain. My hostas look as if they’ve been subjected to a long session ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Roses and garden envy

It’s true. Garden envy is a terrible thing, but I admit that I have a serious case. My friends in Devon have the most amazing ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

It’s June: Take a break

The early spring madness of clean up, pot up, sow seeds, moan about dead plants, and rush around like a crazy person is over. The ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Mock orange: An old favorite for today’s garden

Many years ago, everyone’s grandma had several mock orange bushes in her garden. They were used to mark the boundary between yard and fields and ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Bletilla: A Tough Orchid for the Home Garden

People tend to think of orchids as fragile, showy tropical plants that are too finicky for home gardeners. There certainly are plenty of tropical orchids, ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Allium ‘Millenium’: 2018 Perennial of the Year

There are several groups that name perennial plants of the year, but the announcement I always watch for in the new year is the one ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Gazing into my crystal ball: gardening trends for 2018

A New Year and a new opportunity for gardening. What more could anyone want. January is when the horticultural prognosticators reveal what they think we’ll ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Bringing in the sheaves: Part II

By late fall, the pace of life on the farm had slowed to an almost leisurely pace. Sure, daily chores still had to be done, ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Heresy in the garden

Full disclosure upfront: this column is about disagreeing with conventional wisdom and the politically correct. It’s full on heresy. Not that many years ago, gardening ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

A new trend: Houseplants as pets

According to conventional wisdom and some research, having a pet generally makes people calmer and healthier. Pets encourage people to exercise and to think about ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Bringing in the sheaves

When I was a kid, late summer/early fall meant harvest time — black eyed peas, purple hulls, the last of the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, butter ... Read more

3 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Meet the cleomes

Have you met the cleomes? They’re old, favorite garden plants that are enjoying renewed interest. The heirloom “Rose Queen” cleome originated in the West Indies ... Read more

4 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

It’s important to eat your greens

I might have gotten carried away when I planted the early spring garden this year. I always plant lettuce, chard and kale, but this year I ... Read more

4 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

The deer-resistant garden

I own a farm in Lunenburg County that my husband and I have decided to turn into a weekend bolt hole and eventually a retirement home. ... Read more

4 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Design in the vegetable garden

Many years ago, when I was a kid, growing vegetables was serious business. We had row after row of melons in a location some distance ... Read more

4 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Lessons from great gardeners

Have you ever wondered how many gardens we humans have made since the beginning of civilization? We’ve grown grains and other crops for food; herbs ... Read more

4 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Trends in garden design

It might be cold and dreary at times, but it’s never too cold or dreary to think about what to do in the garden once ... Read more

4 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Whimsy in the garden

A few years ago, I added a bottle tree to a perennial border in the back garden. The reaction, unfortunately, wasn’t what I had expected. ... Read more

5 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Making the most of what you have

May was all about taking a break from garden maintenance and enjoying the parade of azaleas, rhododendrons, peonies and irises. Thanks to the copious amount ... Read more

5 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Unconventional containers for plants

Our weather has been very erratic this spring. In the 80s one week and then below freezing the next followed by, well, even more fluctuations. ... Read more

5 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Gardening with a little help from my friends

Gardening can be a wonderful solitary pursuit. There’s no better meditation for me than methodically weeding or putting in new plants. It’s calming and provides ... Read more

5 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

Gardening outside the box

Well, I survived that frigid spell we had in mid-February and all the back- and-forth weather that followed. Eventually, however, I got so desperate to ... Read more

5 years ago by Dr. Cynthia Wood.

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