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This is a time of year when little is happening in the garden. Weeds either have been pulled, or won't be — until next spring. I've cut back most flowers, both perennial and annual. The ground … more
MONTPELIER — With winter weather now taking hold, Vermonters are readying their bird feeders. But before residents put up their avian offerings, Vermont Fish & Wildlife recommends a review … more
I had a banner year for root crops this year, and storage is a problem. For the past few years I had been storing root crops in a spare fridge, or in an old 25-gallon crock with a plywood lid in my … more
SNOWY OWLS ARRIVAL Although a rare winter visitor, the snowy owl does occasionally visit Western Massachusetts, occurring in Pittsfield, for instance, almost always in the center of the city. Arriving … more
This is the dark time of the year. The sun sets early, and is often obscured by clouds dripping rain and snow. For that reason, I string bright lights on trees outdoors, decorate a tree indoors, … 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
Editor's Note: While garden columnist Ron Kujawski hibernates for the winter, columnist Thomas Christopher will be stepping in for bi-monthly garden advice. The column, which previously ran in … more
Q: Isn't it kind of late to be seeing a monarch butterfly on Oct. 27? I saw one in my yard in Adams on that date.— Laura, AdamsA: I saw one in our backyard that faces the golf course on Crane … 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
'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
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