Last week, I was downloading some photos from my fancy digital camera, and I stumbled across hundreds of forgotten photos I shot while my daughter’s new home was being built on Mt. Desert Island in Maine.
One of the projects that needs to be tended now is preparing habitat for mason bees.
Kevin Oldenburg enjoys fresh fruit. One of his 44 acres on Clear Lake is devoted to growing delicious things. Pears, plums, grapes and cherries thrive alongside blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and honeyberries.
Search #mudroom on Instagram, and you’ll get more than 100,000 hits showing perfectly organized and styled spaces with cabinets, cubbies and hooks to house everyone’s backpacks, coats and shoes. Those pictures are dreamy.
Temper your optimism might be the message being sent by the Pantone Color Institute in choosing cool, calm Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, an ebullient yellow, as its colors for 2021. Considering 2020, maybe we needed these two colors.
Q. I’m 23 years old and just got out of college. I bought my first small house and am about to remodel my basement. The previous owners of the house glued 2-inch-thick foam insulation to the poured concrete walls. It’s got an aluminum foil face on it.
Last week I talked about hardy varieties of apricots that would do well in the warmer parts of our region. This week, I want to talk about hardy peach varieties. After all, peach shortcake and pie are hard to beat.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Annie Franks grew up surrounded by good food. “My mother, without a doubt, was the best Southern cook,” Franks said. “The first thing she wanted do when you came through the door was feed you.” But her mother rarely used a recipe.
I was determined not to be one of those people who didn’t accomplish anything during the pandemic. So, I got rid of 44 boxes of stuff. Like losing weight, it was difficult work, but I did it slowly and mindfully. It feels great to have that tower of boxes gone. And the process offered moments of pure joy and laughs.
President Biden has filled the Oval Office with images of American leaders and icons, focusing the room around a massive portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt that hangs across from the Resolute Desk. It is a clear nod to a president who helped the country through significant crises, a challenge Biden now also faces.
Unfortunately, apricots aren’t the easiest tree to grow in our region. They often bloom very early in the spring and get hit by frost which kills the flower.
When it comes to artwork, sometimes thinking outside the box can be the best solution. Gone are the days of solely traditional prints or canvases; in are the days of creativity, including innovative DIY projects. Looking for ways to spark up your walls?
Times of economic and political turmoil have the predictable effect of turning people to the garden plot principally to generate food but also to remain grounded in uncertain periods. This response was seen during both world wars, the Depression and in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession of the late 2000s.
Q. Tim, she who must be obeyed has informed me that the two flat-screen TVs in the unopened boxes must be installed in days. One television will end up on our bedroom wall, and the other is to go over a living room fireplace. There’s a huge window there.
The holidays, such as they were, are behind us, and it’s time to start getting organized for winter garden events and seed planting.
If any room in our homes got a workout last year, it was the kitchen. Cooking and baking were popular for practical and relaxing reasons. All that time in the heart of the home got some of us wondering whether we should deep clean, organize, upgrade or even remodel our kitchens.
Q. Tim, I think I’ve got a good idea. I’m re-roofing two of my barns with metal roofing. I was thinking of extending the roof past the walls 18 inches so dripping water falls farther away from the barn walls. Right now I’ve got gutters, and I’m tired of them clogging up with leaves and debris.
With the holidays behind us, it’s time to settle into the winter curled up with our garden catalogs in front of a warm fire. Whether it’s a gas, pellet or good old-fashioned wood fire, there is something cozy and satisfying about the warmth and the glow.
Tonight, we can kiss 2020 goodbye. What a year! The only thing normal about it was that many gardeners carried on as usual: We continued to play in the dirt to our heart’s content.
With the pandemic still looming large, we’re facing a long slog at home during the winter months ahead. If that prospect fills you with gloom, consider it an opportunity to make some changes to your home so that it feels more inviting, enjoyable and functional. End-of-year trend reports and predictions for 2021 are full of ideas.
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