Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

New England

June, 2010
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Trials Field Walks at High Mowing Organic Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott, Vermont will host monthly "Trials Field Walks", guided tours of the over 800 vegetable, herb and flower varieties being grown, compared and evaluated in their 3-acre trials garden. Join High Mowing Organic Seeds trials manager Heather Jerrett for a walk down the rows, to see and taste some of High Mowing's newly-released, exclusive varieties, like 'King Crimson' pepper and 'Midnight Lightning' zucchini, along with labeled displays of many more varieties. Walks will be held at High Mowings trial garden on Marsh Road in Wolcott, VT on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 30, 4-6 PM: Focus on lettuce, brassicas (spring planted) and herbs

Wednesday, July 21, 4-6 PM: Focus on cucumbers, beets, carrots, cabbages (fresh market), herbs, snap beans, okra, artichokes, and fava beans

Sunday, August 22nd, 10 AM-2 PM: Highlighting summer crops, including cucumbers, summer squash, melons, watermelons, beans, beets, carrots, lettuce, fennel, snap beans, edamame, napa cabbage, tomatoes and peppers. Note: This Trials Field Walk coincides with the Kingdom Farm & Food Days, a two-day event celebrating food and farming in the Northeast Kingdom.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 4-6 PM: Focus on winter squash, carrots, beets, leeks, onions, lettuce and root crops

High Mowing Organic Seeds is an independently-owned, farm-based seed company dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and providing farmers and gardeners with high quality, organic, non-GMO seeds.

For more information on High Mowings Seeds and their trials field walks, as well as information on Kingdom Farm & Food Days, go to


How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older
I hate to admit it, but every year those gardening chores that involve digging, lifting, bending, kneeling (is there anything left, save paging through garden catalogs?) get a little bit harder and my aching muscles need a little more time to recover. The spirit is willing, but the body is definitely weak! In her new book Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older (Timber Press, 2010, $19.95), author and expert gardener Sydney Eddison confronts these same limitations and gives excellent advice on how to keep gardening a joyful endeavor as the years advance.

Drawing on her own decades of experience in her expansive Connecticut garden, as well as the wisdom of other expert yet aging gardeners, she offers both concrete, practical advice as well as suggestions on changing attitudes and expectations, so that gardening can remain a pleasure, not a chore, as we age.

For example, she gives advice on dealing with increasing shade as gardens mature, changing maintenance-intensive lawn to meadow, replacing perennials with low-care shrubs and how to use list-making to help establish priorities. But she also writes thoughtfully about leaning to accept imperfection in our gardens, go with the flow of the natural world and ask for and accept help when we need it.

Even those gardeners whose knees don't yet creak will appreciate Eddison's graceful prose and find much that can help make gardening easier and more enjoyable.


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