10.01.08

Composting may seem like old news, but doing it with a bin full of worms probably doesn’t. Red wiggler worms offer great benefits to the organic gardener, producing both a natural fertilizer and an effective pesticide. And they eat your kitchen scraps.

By Tom Dresser

10.01.09

Today I went to my mother’s house and completed the final tasks of closing up for the season: blankets folded into the chest with moth balls, lawn chairs and garbage cans stowed inside, and furniture covered with old sheets.

By Margaret Knight

10.01.09

Susanne Clark designed her Chilmark garden based on the land, her home, and an elaborate scoring system. A new garden book tells the tale.

By C.J. Fornari

10.01.09

Always a subject of great interest on the Island, the real estate market seems to be offering up some unusual properties this year, everything from celebrity spreads to waterfront turf for pets.

By Susan Catling

10.01.09

All winter long you left the hose...

By Dan Waters

10.01.08

Washingtonians Don and Ann Brown spent thirty-seven summers renting the same house in Vineyard Haven. Before that – and since – they’ve cheerfully moved from one rental to another. We visited with them recently in Chilmark.

By Brooks Robards

10.01.08

A glimpse of the West Tisbury garden tended by Nina Schneider until her death last year.

By Phyllis Meras

10.01.08

With high oil and gas prices, Vineyarders are searching for ways to lower their heating bills. To respond, businesses on-Island are offering new technologies, which tend to be greener too.

By Charlie Cameron

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Autumn’s Closing

Today I went to my mother’s house and completed the final tasks of closing up for the season: blankets folded into the chest with moth balls, lawn chairs and garbage cans stowed inside, and furniture covered with old sheets.

Garden Choreography

Susanne Clark designed her Chilmark garden based on the land, her home, and an elaborate scoring system. A new garden book tells the tale.

Offbeat Offers

Always a subject of great interest on the Island, the real estate market seems to be offering up some unusual properties this year, everything from celebrity spreads to waterfront turf for pets.

DAW: Crime and Punishment

All winter long you left the hose...

The Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Table

Even on the Vineyard, the bustle of everyday life can conspire to keep families from gathering together for meals. Carol McManus, owner of Espresso Love in Edgartown, recently published a book to promote the simple idea of family sitting down at the
dinner table – as she did with her five kids.

Finding the Perfect Rental House

Washingtonians Don and Ann Brown spent thirty-seven summers renting the same house in Vineyard Haven. Before that – and since – they’ve cheerfully moved from one rental to another. We visited with them recently in Chilmark.

Nina’s Beauty

A glimpse of the West Tisbury garden tended by Nina Schneider until her death last year.

Keeping Warm this Winter

With high oil and gas prices, Vineyarders are searching for ways to lower their heating bills. To respond, businesses on-Island are offering new technologies, which tend to be greener too.

On to the Next House

After architect Michael Ball built one house on the Vineyard to live in, he did it again. Now he’s planning another move off-Island, but he’ll leave his mark with these two decidedly different designs.

How it Works: Maintaining a Dirt Road

A real estate agent once told me of a client who rented a house for a month unseen, made ferry reservations, and drove out to Chilmark, only to discover that his Porsche didn’t have enough clearance to get down his mile-and-a-half dirt driveway. Dirt roads do much to give the Vineyard its rural character, but don’t let their natural appearance fool you – they require more upkeep than Joan Rivers.

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