Home & garden

  • Homegrown veggies’ sweetness hits the spot

    Homegrown veggies’ sweetness hits the spot

    One of summer’s joys is eating vegetables fresh from the garden. I fondly remember having lunch with my friends Phil and Chris at Chris’s mother’s place in the Brooksville village of Harborside. His mother is Barbara Damrosch, so fresh veggies were part of that meal. She went right out and picked carrots to eat in

  • Have a heart

    Is every common vegetable going purple? Purple broccoli, purple cauliflower, purple carrots and purple bok choi now have pride of place in the catalog kaleidoscope, along with the more customary purple cabbage, lettuce and beans. I say the more colorful antioxidants the better, so let’s give a hearty welcome to a new, gorgeous purple globe

  • Authors to speak at Ellsworth Library

    ELLSWORTH — Horticulturists Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto will discuss their recent book, “The Life in Your Garden,” on Monday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Ellsworth Public Library. They will describe how to create gardens that will help stem the tide of species extinctions among insects, birds, amphibians and other endangered creatures. The

  • A slayer of weeds

    A slayer of weeds

    It’s not often that a simple garden tool becomes a cult, but such is the case for the wheel hoe. It’s easily the most time-saving, back-sparing tool in my shed, as it deals with the most taxing job: removing weeds, especially ones in compacted soil. Picture a stirrup hoe, which is shaped like a horseman’s

  • A garden in a bag

    A garden in a bag

    Are you someone who doesn’t like to get your hands dirty? You can still grow herbs and flowers with an item called Garden-in-a-Bag. We found them at The Rock and Art Shop on Main Street in Ellsworth. The shop has Garden-in-a-Bag for mint, chives, basil, cilantro, mini-sunflowers and mini-snapdragons. Garden-in-a-Bag is just what it claims