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A reader, Vicki, wrote recently asking if it's time to start Brussels sprouts indoors, and if so, how? No, it's not time for them yet. But I will start a few things soon. Here are some tips.First, know that most vegetables and flowers only need to … more
Tired of looking out onto a snow-covered or soggy landscape? Then look in ... no, I don't mean self-reflection; that's always depressing for someone with all of my short comings, which includes questionable writing skills. I mean look at your … more
Q: Has anyone noticed that there has been a decrease in pigeons in the area?— Concerned A: While others have noticed, and have been noticing since the late 1960s, the decline didn't cause me much concern. more
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." — Oprah WinfreyAgain, it's the time many of us make New Year resolutions, and scores of these resolutions are personal, like cut down on coffee consumption, eat less or lose … more
After the moon sets this week, get away from bright city lights and take a gander at a pristine rural sky.If you do this, I recommend you sit back, relax and think about what lies before you. Every light you see in the heavens is a distant sun many … more
Q: We watch the birds at our feeders with much pleasure. Our question is, how and where do birds sleep in this cold weather? We feel sorry for them.— Beverly, EgremontA: There really is no reason to feel sorry for them; winter songbirds are … more
Over the decades, taste has drained out of supermarket tomatoes. Harry J. Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, thinks he can put it back in within a couple of years.In this week's issue of the journal Science, … more
If you're looking for a celestial challenge this week, you're in luck. On the night of Friday, Feb. 10, you might want to pay close attention to the full moon as it rises in the east shortly after sunset. If you do, you will be treated to a … more
Tomorrow is the first day of spring and for gardeners the juices are flowing. Just be careful when you step outside for the juices may freeze. After a relatively mild February, I had hopes we'd have an early start to the gardening season, much as we … more
Q: I recently noticed something I hadn't seen before. On March 11, I saw a flock of cardinals ground feeding beneath our bird feeder in Pittsfield. There were five males and a female. Is it unusual for cardinals to flock like this?— Florian, … more
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