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Q: We have friends who live just off West Center Road in West Stockbridge. The spring started with a pair of ducks (I don't know what kind) and a pair of Canada geese nesting close to a nearby pond. The parents of the ducklings disappeared, as well … more
I want colorful flowers growing alongside my front walkway every day from May to November, and generally have them. I do so by growing annual flowers. I grow more than 100 species of flowers elsewhere on my property but the vast majority are … more
Recently, I came across my friend, Seth, standing silently and motionless by the roadside overlooking a corn field, apparently watching the corn grow. As inactive as that behavior may seem to some, in reality a lot can be learned by simply stopping … more
Waystations for wildlife are hidden gems, some well-established and a few in their infancy. Many are overlooked because of their small size and lack of hype although they are none the less a respite from daily responsibilities and stressors and are … more
Q: I have been watching crows for the past four years, watching them build nest and settle down to have a family. But not one pair was able to follow through because a storm destroyed their nest. They don't build strong nests and the wind must have … more
With summer arriving on Wednesday, June 21, I'm sure many folks are already thinking of summer vacation. Everyone loves a vacation, even your houseplants. Huh? Oh, yeah, plants suffer from the same winter blahs as we non-chlorophyll-laden type of … more
For many years, I applied Deet before going in to woods and fields, often wore light clothing with pant legs tucked into commercially impregnated socks that purportedly dissuaded ticks from hitching a ride to the lunch counter. And never was I … more
"Why are my tomato seedlings purple?" Though no one has actually asked me that question, I suspect that it may be on the minds of many vegetable gardeners in recent weeks. more
I am writing this column on May 29, Memorial Day, so by the time it arrives for print or digital versions, monarch sightings will have increased. Every June, I begin looking for these butterflies, and recall that the year before last I did not see … more
I consider myself a master of mindless tasks — many would argue that is consistent with my mental capacity. Among my favorite mindless tasks are such activities as weeding the garden and mowing the lawn. Yet, I occasionally surprise myself … more
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