Storey staffers and friends share August garden scenes.
A few weeks ago, I was beginning to think there were two mainstays of summer I might not see again this year: rain and bumblebees. Serious summer drought conditions in Massachusetts have left crispy gardens and dusty earth everywhere, and floral food for bees has seemed to bloom and die off faster than usual (not so in Norway, as you’ll see below). But lately, summer storms have brought mildest relief and, as pollinator favorites like sunflowers and Joe-Pye weed have begun to blossom, the bumblebees are again turning up in droning droves. Every night after sundown, I turn on my porch light to see each sunflower head in our front yard occupied by no fewer than three slumbering bumbles. What a revelation, to discover that they bed down in their dinner plates! Enjoy these glimpses of Storey gardens filled with vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and hot pinks — the color equivalents of the sultry dog days of summer. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
If I could only grow one crop in my vegetable garden, the choice would be easy. It wouldn’t be tomatoes; it wouldn’t be cucumbers or carrots. I would grow edamame beans (known to some as “edible soybeans” — which, of course, causes one to question … Read More
Of all the methods I use to preserve my homegrown produce, fermentation is the most fascinating one. Like most gardening cooks, my first fermentation projects involved turning cabbage into sauerkraut, which remains the best debut project for new fermenters. But since then I’ve discovered several … Read More
When my immigrant in-laws first came to Canada from Lebanon in the 1980s, they did what many newly-arrived immigrants do: They dug a small vegetable garden in their new backyard. They had no idea what they might be able to grow in this unfamiliar climate. Read More
Good-quality catalogs, websites, and seed packets offer a wealth of information. Companies want their seeds to grow successfully in your garden, so they provide as much growing information as possible. Beyond photographs and tempting descriptions, these are common terms that you’ll find online and in … Read More
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