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The Ultimate Simple, Smart, Sustainable Handbook to Martha’s Vineyard

Recycling Composting Volunteering Writing Your Representative Second-Hand Stores Food Donations Community Resources RECYCLING All six towns have the same rules for what can and can’t be recycled. WHAT YOU CAN RECYCLE Rules: Empty, clean,...

Dear Dot

Dear Dot: Eco-friendly Tick Treatments?

Dear Dot, Is there something I can put on my lawn that doesn’t harm wildlife,...

Dear Dot: What are Some Gift Alternatives to Store-Bought Stuff?

Dear Dot, While there are things I love about the holidays, the rampant consumerism depresses...

Dear Dot: Does Wildfire Smoke Affect the Color of Hydrangea?

Dear Dot, I noticed on the Vineyard this summer that the usual bluey-purple hydrangeas were...

Dear Dot: How Can I Tackle an Ant Problem Without Toxic Pest Control?

Dear Dot, Did you run an article about ants? I am unable to stop the...

Room for Change

Room for Change: Your Stovetop

About seven years ago, my parents let go of their beloved 40-year-old restaurant gas range and invested in an induction stovetop. My mother was thrilled with this new electric cooking experience. A big vat of water for pasta boiled in less than two minutes rather than the five to eight minutes it used to take on her...

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What’s So Bad About … Coffee?

If you crave caffeine, and you can’t get enough of it from a bar of chocolate (10 milligrams), a jar of kombucha (15 milligrams), a can of Coca-Cola (35...

Edible Backyards: How to Plant a Fruit Tree Guild

Spring signals a return to gardening — and also to the time for planting fruit trees. Garden educator Roxanne Kapitan outlines a better way to grow fruit trees, one...

Essays

Local Eating is Good Eating

It was the summer of 1996, my first on Martha’s Vineyard as a year-rounder, and...

My Own Personal Energy Czar

I call my husband The Energy Czar, as you might remember. I do it with...

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