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I Love Honey Nut Squash

Name: Honey Nut Squash

Type of Plant:  A fantastic small winter squash for growing on a trellis or other support in full sun.

Why I love this:  Where do I start to rave about this plant? OK…we have to start with the taste of the end product because if that isn’t superb there isn’t any reason to grow it, right? One of the reasons we go to the trouble of growing our own veggies is that the flavor is so much better. This is the case with this small-sized butternut squash. It is sweet and flavorful. Secondly, this squash has mildew resistant foliage, which is a huge plus in my region. The squash itself is smaller which is perfect for many gardeners – one squash serves two to four people depending on the dish and their appetites. (My husband and I commonly eat a half squash between us, so one provides a side dish for two meals.) For many gardeners the small size of the plants is also a plus; you can grow this up a trellis or arbor. Finally, we planted eight to ten plants, growing about 8 inches apart and up a trellis. Each vine produced at least 3 squash, and if they’d been planted further apart they probably would have produced more.

A Word to the Wise:  Like all vegetables, Honey Nut squash should be planted in full sun. And like all squash, keep your eyes out for the start of powdery mildew because even mildew-resistant varieties can get it, especially in summers when there isn’t regular rain.  Don’t look for plants, plant this squash from seed!!
Butternut Squash, Baby, “Climbing Honey Nut” – Certified Organic Seeds

Unlike larger butternut squash, the Honey Nut variety is ripe when they are green/tan/orange.

Unlike larger butternut squash, the Honey Nut variety is ripe when they are green/tan/orange. Use them in any winter squash recipe, or for “pumpkin” pies, eating baked right out of the oven or in winter squash soup. 


How to Make a Pony or Horse Wreath

The long greens get pinned on the mane, and a ribbon halter is pinned around to the back. I used natural pine cones instead of red, and pinned a cluster of artificial variegated holly and berries for accent.

Pony and horse holiday door decorations have been all over Facebook and Pinterest lately, so it wasn’t surprising to me that a customer came into the garden center with this image on her phone. “Can you make one of these for me?” she asked. “I tried calling this place to order one but their Facebook

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“Don’t Piss Off The Fairies” Outdoor Wall Plaque


Vegetable “Flan” That’s Light but Satisfying

Ingredients for this quickly prepared side dish or vegetarian entree.

Here’s what I was going for with this recipe: a dinner side dish that has three veggies, protein and a richly satisfying taste while not being too fatty or rich. In other words, I wanted healthy comfort food. And since I commonly cook dishes that will serve four to six people, even though it’s usually

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In Praise of Japanese Persimmon

Saijo fruit is beautifully lit by the early winter sun that's low in the sky.

I had a caller on GardenLine last November who had driven past a property where “There was an orange tree in the front yard. The leaves were gone but it was covered with oranges!” he said. “How can someone grow oranges on Cape Cod?” Although there is one variety of orange tree that is hardy

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I Love Cryptomeria japonica

On the right of this photo is a medium sized Cryptomeria. You can see how the newer growth on this plant is a lighter green. It's that aspect of the foliage that makes it especially valuable for arrangements and other holiday decor.

Name: Cryptomeria japonica aka Japanese cryptomeria or Japanese cedar

Type of Plant:  Large to medium (depending on cultivar) sized evergreen tree for full sun or part-sun. Hardy in zones 5 to 9

Why I love this: This needled evergreen has bright, pale green foliage in the fall and early winter. When you cut the tips

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