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This was a good gardening year for me. Although we had some rainy times, and some hot, dry times, overall the weather was conducive to good plant growth. As usual, I tried a number of new things. … more
A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one … more
There is still time to gift someone a bird feeder, seed and a shepherd's hook or other mounting system, especially if the recipient is home-bound or in a nursing home. Of course, that is, if an … more
Q: We have noticed that birds don't come to our metal bird feeders. I have spoken with others who say the same thing. Any idea why they don't like metal feeders?— Joyce, Pittsfield, Mass.A: I … more
Even the best vegetable gardener can struggle to keep house plants alive. A champion rose gardener sometimes kills her fiddle-leafed fig or "mother-in-law's tongue" (also called the snake plant or … more
I really enjoy the beginning of a new year. It's always brimming with hope and optimism, as well as endless lists of resolutions we swear we're going to attack but only work toward for a few days at … more
READER COMMENTSBox Elder BugsI was plagued with box elder bugs until I figured out they were coming in through cracks in my sunroom's foundation. There would be hundreds in there, too many to vacuum … more
CASTLETON — Vermont's fifth annual Free Ice Fishing Day is set for Jan. 27, and will be celebrated by a fun-filled ice fishing festival in Castleton. Vermont's Free Ice Fishing Day, which takes … more
There are a few plants I just do not like. Yes, I'm known as the Gardening Guy and have the website to prove it ( So I should love — or at least like — all plants. … 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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