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Dave's Garden Articles: By Carrie Lamont

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Bloomsick...
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I'm sure you are all familiar with the words homesick and seasick. During the long, gray, snowy winter, we northerners get awfully tired of cold. Here are some of the things we do to stave off insanity. Because when it's so gray, for so long, we get BLOOMSICK!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

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When Seed Selling Was A Seedling - a brief history of mail order seeds in the United States
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We've all gotten them, whether or not we grow plants from seeds: mail order catalogs with pictures of bigger, tastier, vegetables with higher yields and prettier, brighter flowers, if only we use seeds from THIS company. How and when did this all start? Let's go back in time together.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh ... what are they?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Most of us have heard the story of the Wise Men or Magi arriving from the East with gifts for baby Jesus in Bethlehem. "We Three Kings of Orient Are" is a carol my family sings each year. Gold is always a welcome gift but ... what exactly ARE frankincense and myrrh? Well, it turns out that like a lot of good things, they started out as plants!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

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A monument to the worst insect pest in the southern U.S.?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

In the city of Enterprise, Alabama, there stands an alabaster statue of a larger-than-life woman wearing a snow-white gown. She stands in the center of large, circular fountain, and she herself is 13 1/2 feet above street level.. She holds her arms gracefully aloft, and in them is the object of the entire statue's adulation: a boll weevil, the pest that brought King Cotton to his knees... A boll weevil? Huh?

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Monday, August 2, 2010

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The Miracle of a Seed
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I wasn't raised to be a religious person, although I now go to church fairly regularly. I'm not sure if I believe in God or not; sometimes I do, fervently, sometimes I don't. But when I think about the wonder of a seed ... it's hard not to be awe-struck and amazed.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Pruning, pinching and picking
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Most of us know we have to prune forsythia and pinch coleus. But when I said "this tree needs to be pruned" and my darling husband said "but I did that last year," this reporter resolved to learn more about why we need to prune our plants and trees.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

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Try some dill - it's the 2010 Herb of the Year!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Dill is a delicious and easy-to-grow herb. It also happens to be the 2010 herb of the year! Try growing some today, whether you start it from seed or buy the plant already growing.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

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The Investment Garden
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

In today's sluggish economy, sometimes it feels like the safest thing to do with your hard-earned money is to bury it in the garden. But while stock funds are wilting, your garden can be thriving if you give it adequate water and plenty of horse manure! Read on to find out about some plants you can incorporate to figuratively "be in the money."

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Monday, April 5, 2010

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"Painting" my garden: What painting my home's inside has taught me about using color outside
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I've been thinking a lot about colors this winter - of interior house paint, that is! Rather than be totally distracted from gardening, I've been trying to use what I've learned in one arena to apply to the other. For instance, my house is painted - on the inside - like a plant collector's garden. That's going to change.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Dave's Garden - For Gardeners... By Gardeners. Start to find your way around!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Now that you've found your way to Dave's Garden, can you find your way around Dave's Garden? Do you know about all the nooks and crannies here? And how about all those weird acronyms everyone seems to use - SASBE, DH, MIL, and JM? Let me be the first to welcome you and let me give you a brief tour of MY view of Dave's Garden.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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It's Time ...
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We're in the home stretch for the coming of spring. Regardless of what the groundhog said and whether March comes in like a lamb or in like a lion, spring is definitely on the way. And so, it's time.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

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Pomander Balls - natural air fresheners you can make with your children this holiday season!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Jumpstart your own holiday feelings, and imprint your children and grandchildren with a wonderful and visceral holiday memory they will treasure forever. Pomander balls is not the latest pandemic disease, no, a pomander ball is a gentle fragrant holiday craft to share with small children and a skill you can pass down for generations.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

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Making Your Own Ketchup, the New Old-fashioned Way!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

This was my first summer as a serious tomato grower. Well, okay, I had an EarthBox. I had heard all about getting stuck with too many tomatoes and seen the recipes for creative ways to use up extra tomatoes. I had tomato-stars in my eyes with pictures of roasted tomato sauce, salsa, and all the wonderful things you can do with tomatoes, as well as plans for sandwiches, and salads. My imagination knew no bounds when it came to the wonderful things I was going to do with my surplus.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Community Supported Agriculture: Is there a CSA that's right for you?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Is a CSA right for you? CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is an idea, no, a movement that is sweeping the nation's smaller or organic farms. Read on to find out how to participate in this new way of connecting with your food and the land.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Bay Laurel - the 2009 herb of the year
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

The 2009 herb of the year is (drum-roll, please) bay laurel or sweet bay! This woody, aromatic perennial tree native to the Mediterranean has many reasons to be celebrated, both for its historic significance and its usefulness today. But is California bay almost as good? Please, read on.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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Please, just call me "Herb"
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Many of us use the terms herbs and spices interchangeably. Just what exactly is the difference, anyway? Is there a difference?

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Monday, March 23, 2009

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The Secret Garden . . . what did it REALLY look like?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

The Secret Garden - what did it really look like? If you've read the book, you remember the bricked-up secret garden which came to life when tended by Mary Lennox. If you haven't, perhaps I can convince you to pick up a copy somewhere and read it! Although it's a children's book, it has captivated the hearts of gardeners for generations. Here are some photographs of what the adult in me thinks the flowers in Mary's Secret Garden might have looked like.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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What to do if you get sent a bouquet of roses (or if you buy one for yourself)
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

My darling husband got me a bouquet of red roses the other day! He ordered it through an online company three weeks ahead of time, just to be sure. It was supposed to arrive on the eleventh anniversary of the day we first met—what a sweetheart! Instead, I got a bouquet of red roses the day he ordered it, three weeks earlier than our anniversary. Er ... I guess we won't be using that particular company again!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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Wheat - you can live without it!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

In fact, many people are better off without wheat in their diet, and most of us would benefit by expanding our palates to include more grains. There are other kinds of nuts, seeds and grains to cook with besides all-purpose wheat flour. My journey began when my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, but it taught me about foods I never knew existed, and forced me to reexamine everything in my kitchen.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

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The secret life of plants
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Houseplants lead a much more interesting life than you might suspect. Let's listen in ...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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The Search for a Perfect Cactus - Transplanting My Daughter to College
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Transplanting a Zone 6 New England daughter into a zone 8 southwestern college. Will she survive the transplant shock? Will I? And what IS that cactus, anyway?

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

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Wind Chimes Make Harmony in Your Garden
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Wind chimes - constantly creating new music and new harmonies. If you've read about me below, you know I am a classically trained musician. Until I can afford weatherproof speakers or a resident string quartet, wind chimes are where my two passions coincide.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

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A Container Garden: Not Just Planting Pots, Adding Fertilizer and Watching them Grow
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

When I say a container garden, I don't mean a miniature garden in a dish, no, I mean a garden just for pots, or maybe a garden of containers, where the planters themselves are part of the show.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

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Your room with a view - in your back yard!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

If you've read about having a "garden room" but worry about the expense of designers, landscapers or gardeners, have no fear. WE CAN DO IT!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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Addicted to Blue Pots
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

We each have our own secret addictions. This is my confession: I am addicted to blue pots. Plastic, clay, terra cotta, stoneware, even the styrofoam ones look pretty good to me.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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The Day the Butterfly Came to the Edge of the City - a Story for Earth Day
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

A lot of people on Dave's Garden have butterfly gardens; there's even a forum specifically for people to discuss their love of butterflies. But we live within earshot of one of the big old cities in the Northeast. I never thought we would see a butterfly in OUR garden! Today, Earth Day 2008, seemed like the right day to tell you about it...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, and creator of Boston's Emerald Necklace.
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Famous for designing New York City's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822 - 1902) was the first person ever to describe himself as a "landscape architect." In Boston, however, Olmsted will forever be remembered as the visionary designer of The Emerald Necklace, a system of parks and parkways that wind through and around the city of Boston. While Olmsted designed similar extensive park systems for other major cities, for us, it's The Emerald Necklace that makes Olmsted rank with Paul Revere and Henry Thoreau as a local hero.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

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A picnic in the winter? Indoors with the kids? Sure - and bring the house plants!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

When the kids - and you, too - have been stuck inside for days, shake it up a little... have a picnic - inside! The very idea of a picnic indoors will confuse their little brains enough to give you a minute to think.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

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The tête-à-tête daffodil - enjoy it twice, once in a pot and forever in your garden!
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Frustrated gardeners have long forced bulbs into flowering early, tricking bulbs into thinking it was spring after a period of cold dormancy, or winter. Now that we have refrigerated trucks and interstate shipping and all the other conveniences of modern society, we also have forced bulbs available in supermarkets and chain stores all over the country. In particular, we often find tête-à-tête narcissus, in bud or blooming already, their cheery yellow flowers tempting us, quickening our heartbeats and lightening our steps.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

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Two People, One Garden, and No Plan - Can True Love Conquer All?
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

I plant a tiny lilac tree, he mows it down. I plant a slightly larger lilac tree, and this time I mark it with an enormous metal stake that says "welcome to my garden". Well, golly, of course, he has to move the stake in order to mow that side of the yard, and so... well... he mows down the lilac tree again.

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