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"For many people the scent of certain plants can revive memories with a vividness that nothing else can equal, for the sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the … 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: 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
Who would have thought that the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and pea picking have something in common? Whoa, that analogy will inspire some deep thinking, but more likely some questioning of my sanity. What's the connection? Both activities … 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
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
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
I have a dilemma. A few weeks ago I discovered a nest of baby cottontails in the middle of my vegetable garden. Admittedly, they were as cute as a bunny ... which, if you're a rabbit, is better than being cuter than a bug's ear. At the time 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
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