Thursday, June 13, 2024

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State Rep. Pignatelli appointed as Lenox’s interim town manager, effective July 1

Select Board members applauded filling the opening with a local resident already knowledgeable with town workings.

NATURE’S TURN: Harvest, feast and prepare for storage, renewal

Harvesting, preparing and preserving the season’s crops, combined with ongoing care of the plants and soil, has reached a climax of activity.

NATURE’S TURN: Polyculture, no-till garden tour

Rows of vigorous fall-planted garlic have anchored the garden with their lush foliage, superseded only by perennial rhubarb that thrived even when its leaves were snow-covered on May 12.

NATURE’S TURN: Wood frogs, peepers, wind woo springtime sower

The warmth that thawed the wood frogs thawed my garden beds and gave rise to tiny leafy tops on half a dozen overwintered parsnips.

NATURE’S TURN: Ready to spring

Every day it seemed that the alternation of warm days and freezing nights would end; nights would moderate, allowing the ground to thaw.

NATURE’S TURN: Better Butter for the New Year

My response is to cook the vegetables before they decline, make improvements in storage conditions for the rest of the harvest and refine my choices of varieties for the new growing season.

NATURE’S TURN: A full plate

Onions and potatoes, tomatoes and basil, cucumbers and kale, snap beans and zucchini fill dinner plates and overflow salad plates as the growing season peaks.

NATURE’S TURN: Harvest and reseed. Revel in flowers, relish fruits

Among the late summer bloomers in my landscape are a fragrant heirloom phlox, Japanese anemone, Oswego tea, Russian sage and New York ironweed, all perennials.

NATURE’S TURN: Sow tender crops, harvest perennial edibles, listen near the flowers

Flourishing now, perennial green onions, French sorrel, rhubarb, woody herbs, onion and garlic chives add savory vitality to springtime dishes.

NATURE’S TURN: Summery heat coaxes dormant plants and animals into the light

Touring the garden, perennial herbs and flowers, as well as fall-planted garlic that emerged from snowdrifts scarcely two weeks ago, have been growing quickly since the recent heat wave.

NATURE’S TURN: Gardening in the “Town Among the Clouds”

High-elevation squalls every day and night last week kept us in a holding pattern as soft, white blankets were dropped on the whole, leaving the few planting beds that had warmed unapproachable.

NATURE’S TURN: Spring in the winter air. Trees, gardeners wake from dormancy

The seasons of more active engagement with the land are about to begin.

NATURE’S TURN: Winter muse, then arctic freeze, winds transform the landscape

Plants painted with prickly frost crystals sparkled, lit by morning’s first sunbeams. Every sparkle flashed rainbow colors. Each uniquely rimed leaf invited a close-up look.

NATURE’S TURN: Signs of maturity, cure alliums, plant for autumn

Whether at a farm stand or market, it is a small crime of property damage to tear open the tip of an ear of corn.

NATURE’S TURN: Feed your soil, sow spring edibles, plant fruits for Arbor Day

While cool weather prevails, make it a priority to plant onion sets or plantlets, shell and snap peas, lettuce, arugula, spinach and radish, all direct seeded.

NATURE’S TURN: The sun reigns – birthing in the barnyard, digging deep into winter’s cache

As winter turns toward spring, I’m inspired to dig deep into my pantry and pull out dried seeds that may have been there for many seasons; to look them over and turn them into the fresh food I crave – by sprouting.

NATURE’S TURN: An August garden — a magic kingdom

Now’s the time to be delirious with just-picked, all-you-can-eat garden fare and the promise of produce for the seasons ahead.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.