What if the secret to happiness lay right outside your kitchen door? In a pretty little garden, full of delicious things to eat. It might sound far-fetched to suggest that a kitchen garden can relieve stress, lift your mood, and even ease depression, but new studies suggest there’s a scientific basis – perhaps even a soil bacterium that elevates serotonin – for the pleasure we can get from digging in the dirt.

Susie Middleton

Prudy Burt swung her Toyota Tacoma off of North Road and onto the shoulder. She traipsed confidently through the brush, pushing branches out of her way as she headed for Mill Brook. A Burt-led tour of the brook is both history lesson and gossip column, environmental report and storytelling session. She names each pond and knows the property owner responsible for every dam (and whether their children like to fish).

Heidi Sistare

Martha’s Vineyard is not particularly hospitable when it comes to fruit trees.

Susan Catling

Overflowing with colorful blooms, window boxes dress up many Island homes and businesses in the spring and summer, but with a little extra effort, you can have eye-catching displays through fall and winter too. We asked four State Road garden centers for some window box ideas for all four seasons.

Susan Catling

Rampaging foxtail grass staves off one homeowner’s attempts to halt its advance in her garden.

Margaret Knight

Four different plant combos can bring a variety of colors, textures, and looks to your yard, and you won’t have to worry so much about them getting nibbled by your neighbors.

Justin Ahren

Professional gardener Peggy Schwier addresses the challenges of designing a property responsibly within the Vineyard landscape.

Peggy Schwier

“Dahlias really make me sick!” Could the etiquette author, known for her Edgartown garden of shoulder-high dahlias, really have written these words? Even Emily Post couldn’t make the Vineyard’s weather behave.

Susan Catling

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