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August and September are critical months in the vegetable garden, and your tomatoes, corn, potatoes need adequate moisture to plump up and arrive at the dinner table in their best form. But often it is hot and dry at this time of year. You know what … more
 Q: While raking leaves, leaves from a neighbor's maple tree have blown into our yard. Most of these leaves have large black patches on them, usually one or two per leaf. We have no maples, so … 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
We really don't need the calendar to let us know that autumn begins this coming, Friday, Sept. 22. Yellowed and browned leaves of bearded iris and daylilies, red and purple spots on the foliage of disease-ridden peonies, and faded flowers and … more
'Tis the season of home insect invasions!Not all insects die with onset of cold winter, many winter over in leaves, under bark or elsewhere outside. The wooly bear caterpillar, or woolly worm, is the … more
With deciduous trees and shrubs shedding their leaves, it would seem all that's left to stare at for the next five to six months is the gray or brown bark of stems and branches. You may be thinking: … 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
As an organic gardener, I am always looking for ways to minimize the chances of pests or diseases in my garden. I don't use fungicides or insecticides, not even those that are all-natural and are … more
It's not surprising that tomato finishes at the top of the list in annual surveys of the most popular garden vegetable. I'm sure one reason is the culinary versatility of tomatoes. After a slow start, tomatoes are now ripening at a rapid pace, … more
Q: While driving through south Berkshire, don't know exactly what town, maybe New Marlborough, I saw a tall bird that wasn't a heron. It was standing in a field. It took me a while to get to look at a bird book. When I did, I think it was probably a … more
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