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Original lath under walls

If these walls could talk they would say, " We are plastered and we like to lath!"

I listen to audio books while I work. I recently listened to George Orwell's 1984. One of the slogans impressed on society while they sleep is "Don't mend-...

It’s early August and Facebook is full of pictures of people picking blueberries, branches practically dripping with fruit, plasticpicking containers...

Ugghh.  Another plant disease that’s here to stay is affecting one of the most heavily used and most loved herbs – the star of the summer – Basil.  This...
The HDC has authority over exteriors

The island is abuzz

The last few weeks the island has been abuzz with the discussion of preservation versus modernism. I recently attended a round table discussion sponsered by...

Several days ago I returned from a brief trip off-island to discover that it still hadn’t rained here and the garden and pots were in dire need of some hose...

It’s strawberry picking time again, and it would be a crime to let it go by without doing everything strawberry-related.  Strawberry jam makes the memory of...
Old fireplace on Milk Street Nantucket

A Resource Guide

Nantucket’s historic buildings are the defining elements of our community. They provide us with a sense of place and a link to the past. Restoring a historic...
There are lots of colorful shade-loving plants to use in place of impatiens.

Planting shade gardens presents a few challenges, but they can be just a beautiful as full sun gardens, and will likely need less maintenance throughout the...

Memories of Monarda include finding the unusually shaped flowers blooming in the wild near my childhood home.  This native wildflower, ‘Scarlet Bee Balm,’...
Vining Mandevilla is a great plant for Nantucket

Mandevilla is a tropical plant that originates from Brazil, and does great in summer containers on Nantucket.  These vining plants are super easy to grow and...

I’m frugal.  This is probably because I grew up in a house where nothing was wasted.  So when I realized how much I was paying for vegetable stock from the...

Most succulent plants come from arid climates.  Existing in conditions of high temperature, low humidity and dry conditions, they have adapted to store water...

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