Slow Down, Be Humble

The monarchs seem particularly fond of the bright-colored zinnias. I’m not sure I noticed in the past.

Roundup Round Up

When I first began writing this column over 10 years ago, I had some sort of rant about one thing or another.

August Humidity Brings the Crabbies

I could not have been happier with the lovely rain last Saturday afternoon.

Some Very Hungry Caterpillars

Caterpillars are eating my garden greens. More accurately, they are voraciously consuming every leaf in sight, leaving me almost nothing but skeletonized shadows of the leaves’ former flourishing selves.

High Heat and Buckwheat

A couple of us were complaining about the hot, humid weather in Vineyard Grocers. Mark, the manager told us that Oman on the Arabian peninsula just set the all-time highest low temperature – 109!

Patience Pays in Potatoes

Once again the weather people promised rain on Sunday and were totally off. I wish I had their job and could be wrong most of the time and still keep it.

The Life-Changing Magic of Cottage Gardens

“Cottage gardens are very personal,” West Tisbury garden designer Mary Wirtz tells me. “There is no wrong way to do them.”


Those of you who worship straight lines and sharp angles, you can all shuffle to the other side of the room for now. (Though feel free to eavesdrop and come shuffling back.)

Young Gardeners Grow a Living on the Vineyard

Gardening is big business all over Martha’s Vineyard. To meet this demand, the Vineyard's long-established landscape and garden companies have been joined in recent years by a wave of young gardeners who are willing to work long hours during the season to make a good living.

Bringing The Garden Indoors

Quite suddenly in mid-September, night-time temperatures start to fall, we unpack that feather duvet and a pot of hearty soup simmering on the stove once again is an appealing meal. Yet the pleasure in color, growth, and greenery are perennial and can be enjoyed in various ways, even as the season changes. You can bring the garden indoors as you firmly shut the door to keep the drafts out.

When It's Time to Change, You Rearrange

The ornamental grass in the corner of your garden has overgrown. The anise hyssop, its purple blossoms now turning a burnt orange, has eclipsed all else in the garden and the soil is due for a revamp. And then there are the spring bulbs to attend to. Fall, Mike Saunier says, is for fixing.