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Woodchucks, alas, are out and about. Fortunately I don't have lettuce or green beans for I saw my first one lounging in the sun April 11. It was looking relaxed and happy. It was not near my house, … more
It's rare that I find a book that is as useful, accurate and easy-to-read as Native Plants for New England Gardens by Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe, both on staff at the New England Wild Flower … more
Q: I live just north of Brattleboro, Vt. I read and enjoy your column in The Brattleboro Reformer. I enjoy watching the birds that come to my feeders and can identify many of them from what my … more
"Now what?" Many, many years ago that was a question my mother would ask whenever one of the neighbors called to inquire about my whereabouts. The answer was never good. Today, there are still people who ask … more
I recently got a new tool that I've been using to pick stems of forsythia and pussy willows. Stems of spring-blooming shrubs put in a vase with water will bloom earlier inside than they would outside … more
March has been ferocious. None of this "In like a lion, out like a lamb" business. The entire month has been a Tyrannosaurus Rex, if you ask me. I've done more roof-shoveling this month than I … more
Q: In the summer, watching birds clean their feathers is an everyday thing. Somewhere, I read that birds need to keep their plumage very clean in order to fly. I enjoy watching birds, but never see … more
If you have a low horizon to your west, you may have already spotted a couple of bright "stars" appearing in that direction just after sunset. Well, those aren't stars, but planets.After many months … more
When I mentioned to an acquaintance that I not only grow my vegetables with organic methods, but my flowers, too, he looked at me funny and asked, "Why? Are you going to eat your peonies?" No, I … more
Last weekend, as I was refilling the hulled sunflower seed feeder, two rival male black-capped chickadees began their spring rivalry. Hidden from sight within the evergreen hedge we share with Al and … more
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