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Northeast Regional Reports

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    Overwintering Tender Perennials and Tropicals

    Cold-climate gardeners are faced with a choice at winter’s outset: quit gardening until spring, or bring some plants inside and garden on. I recommend the latter. For one thing, tender…

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    Northeast: October Garden To-Do List

    Based on averages, most of us expect our first frost in October. But even as air temperatures take a nosedive, the ground retains summer’s heat for a while. There are…

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    Northeast: September Garden To-Do List

    There’s a change in the air during September. Summer isn’t over yet, but the humidity abates, the sky lifts, and morning and afternoon light become golden. These are ideal conditions…

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    Getting the Most From Tall Plants

    Plants bred for compact size and short stems are great for containers and tight spaces, but don’t be afraid to let your garden grow up. Even in the smallest gardens,…

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    Planting a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

    It’s not enough anymore for a garden to be beautiful. It should also be attractive. The more we welcome insects, the more we help sustain the local ecosystem’s food chains.…

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    Types of Pollinators at Work in the Garden

    Come August, we gardeners are allowed a break. It’s too hot and generally too dry to plant; the weeds slow down, and deadheading is optional. But even as we abandon…

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    Northeast: August Garden To-Do List

    By August, summer is a sticky, dust-encrusted, worn-out old shoe. Most of us choose to abandon the garden to find a breeze along a shoreline or in front of the…

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    Water-Wise Tips for Northeastern Gardeners

    Long-range forecasts for summer 2019 have been all over the place. Some predicted “normal” weather for most of the Northeast and rainier than usual weather for southern New England. Others…

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    Northeast: July Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Where I live (Bristol, Rhode Island, home of the nation’s longest-running Independence Day parade) it’s practically a town ordinance that all plants be planted, tools put away, hoses reeled, debris…

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    Patriotic Plant Choices for the Northeastern Garden | Northeast Regional Report

    Where I live, Independence Day is a bigger deal than Christmas. It’s practically a town ordinance that every house, on the parade route or not, be festooned in stars and…