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With the arrival of autumn my thoughts have turned to spring — spring flowering bulbs, that is. As such, I am putting together my spring bulb shopping list. Since the blossoms and foliage of … more
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
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
There is much excitement about monarch butterflies this summer:Q We have been trying to lure the monarchs back to the area by growing as many milkweed plants as we can. This year it finally paid off as we had a few of the butterflies and then … more
Though it is not unusual to see a coating of frost on plants at some point in September — usually late September — it did surprise me to find frost damage on many of the sweet potatoes and a few of the squash and tomato plants in my … more
Q: I have two questions: We still have hummingbirds coming to our sugar water feeder and wonder when we should stop feeding? I have been told it will delay their departure and keep them longer than they should stay here. The other may not be among … more
Though there are still many weeks left to the growing season, Labor Day weekend is when I begin to take stock of the successes and failures in this year's gardens, especially in the vegetable garden. At the top of the list of failures is the corn … 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
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