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Growing garlic involves less work than anything else I grow. There really are only 3 steps: plant it, mulch it, and harvest it. It's also the least expensive, once you have an established bed of … more
Thinking back on the numbers of monarch butterflies we saw in the Northeast in 2015 and 2016, I saw only one. This past summer, many were seen and has offered hope that they may still have a chance. … more
The appearance of yellow, and subsequently brown, needles on white and other pine species in late September and early October often leads some people to conclude that their trees are in peril. Fear … more
I've never calculated how much I spend each year on bird seed, but it's considerable. I know people some spend a lot more, who think nothing of buying big bags of two or three kinds of specialized … more
Q: I've lived on the lake in Cheshire for 18 years. Every June, the turtles lay their eggs in several places on my property, but despite my best efforts to protect the nests, critters always destroy … more
Early autumn is a great time to work in the garden, and it's not too early to start putting your garden to bed. I can work early in the morning without layers of wool, and my hands don't need gloves … more
With the arrival of autumn my thoughts have turned to spring — spring flowering bulbs, that is. As such, I am putting together my spring bulb shopping list. Since the blossoms and foliage of … more
Q: What to do about this nest that is hanging under a porch? (The writer enclosed a photo.) Will winter weather take care of this or do we call an exterminator? It is very active at present. Are they … more
Since ancient times, explorers have brought back seeds and seedlings from exotic lands. Some, like the apple, have been a boon to the citizens of their adoptive home. Others, like the notorious kudzu … more
So much is being said about insect pollinators lately, especially the honey bees, bumblebees and other bees numbering something like 20,000 species worldwide. Pollinators also include many flies, a variety of beetles, our lovely butterflies and … more
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