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It took me a long time to appreciate hostas. When I was a young gardener, I wanted bright flowers with lots of pizazz. Roses. Daffodils. Peonies. But over time I have come to appreciate the subtle colors of green, the soothing textures, the … more
I have a dilemma. A few weeks ago I discovered a nest of baby cottontails in the middle of my vegetable garden. Admittedly, they were as cute as a bunny ... which, if you're a rabbit, is better than being cuter than a bug's ear. At the time I … more
GREENFIELD, MASS. — Do you love traveling, exploring new areas, finding interesting objects? If so, Quest 65 is for you! The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC), formerly Connecticut River Watershed Council, has developed a Smartphone-based … more
Here it is, early August and I've just picked my first tomatoes, but I'm already thinking about winter. No, I don't anticipate frost until mid-October or later, but I depend on my garden to feed me much of the year. So I start early getting food … more
Last fall, I often camped out in my yard hoping to visit with Thistle, the orphaned porcupine when he came by for his bowl of milk. I'd leave the bowl near my head so I'd wake up when he arrived, and most nights he did. One night, I was awakened by … more
My late older sister, Ruth Anne, used to say, "The weeds always win." And she was largely right. We all get tired of weeding after a few months of it. By August, with its heat and bugs, we tend to back off, go to the lake, go on vacation, go watch a … more
While walking the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, this morning and seeing many clumps of Queen Anne's lace, they reminded me of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont roadsides more than this spectacular walkway along the rocky coast of Maine. … more
As a boy I was fascinated by the idea that Tarzan the Ape Man could move through the jungle above the forest floor by swinging from vine to vine. I doubt that I ever saw a real Tarzan movie, but my imagination was good. I knew I wanted that ability … more
John Denver introduced me to a Guy Clark song called, "Home Grown Tomatoes" with a refrain that goes, "Only two things money can't buy. That's true love and homegrown tomatoes." How true. I love tomatoes.Growing disease-free tomatoes is nearly … more
Who would have thought that the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and pea picking have something in common? Whoa, that analogy will inspire some deep thinking, but more likely some questioning of my sanity. What's the connection? Both activities … more
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