11/25/17 11:00am
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Herbal smudge sticks.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Herbal smudge sticks.

“Gather them before the frost, they want to be used,” she whispered.

Sonomi, my sweet farmer friend, handed me the garden clippers from her apron pocket. Her gesture nodding towards the gate with permission to go into the gardens and harvest. This was the last of the warmer days before the November cold snap. With baskets, clippers and a thankful heart I stepped into the herb garden at KK’s Biodynamic Farm in Southold. (more…)

11/12/17 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTOS | Here’s the window box, as close up as I could manage.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTOS | Here’s the window box, as close up as I could manage.

And so the season draws to a close with enormous amounts of rain, really surprising downpours. This is exceptionally good for our evergreens, sending them into dormancy with their needles full of water, just as we would have wished. It continues to be unseasonably warm and many perennials look like they’re going to re-bloom any minute, but, of course, they’re not. (more…)

09/29/17 12:00pm
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

There is as an old photograph of my mother’s garden that I keep tucked away in one of my favorite old herbals. I enjoy stumbling upon it from time to time. It is a window into one of my favorite childhood memories. Sisters running with hair in braids, matching clothes, chasing each other between rows of cucumbers, towers of tomatoes and beds of string beans.   (more…)

09/08/17 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A lovely display of Montauk daisies, enjoying the cooler days of autumn.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A lovely display of Montauk daisies, enjoying the cooler days of autumn.

How wonderful and what a treat this cooler weather! And it feels like it’s long overdue, although technically speaking it’s probably right on time. No matter! In any event, it’s so very welcome. And, of course, all the plants are perking up, just as grateful as we are, especially the annuals, more susceptible than the perennials to endless hot/damp days. (more…)