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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
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
When the soil drops to 60 degrees Fahrenheit at proper planting depth, you can plant bulbs. You'll need a soil thermometer, but that's a handy device anyway —they're useful in the spring to see if the soil is warm enough to plant tomatoes or … more
I fell in love this summer. With a tree, that is. The Northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) is a fast-growing tree that blooms beautifully in late June in my part of the world. The flowers, about 2 inches long and wide, are white with 2 lobes and … more
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
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
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
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