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Q: We've seen a family with nine goslings [on Center Pond] — do they gather little ones from other families? — Chris and Bob, DaltonA: Death of one or both parents, or other causes, … more
Though it is still June, the harvest season is well underway. By now, many gardeners have harvested radishes, spinach, leaf lettuce and perhaps even beets and carrots, if they were planted in April. … more
The monarch butterfly, once a familiar sight, is plummeting toward extinction.Aside from seeing more monarch butterflies last summer than in recent years, for instance, although seeing none the … more
One of the most important gardening tasks of late spring is pruning. So, grab your pruning shears and pruning saw and attend to these hacking uh, pruning tasks:- Snip off the spent flowers and seed … more
Bug off! No, not you! I am referring to the bugs, or more accurately, the insect pests that are beginning to bug me. Among these are the tiny flea beetles chewing holes in leaves of my radishes, the … more
Q: We have three questions, two from our 7- and 4-year-old boys who spend a lot of time in the outdoors learning all they can about nature. And one from their parents that I will begin with:For the … more
My time has come! Uh, that is, my time to transplant warm season crops, including tomato, pepper and eggplant. Of course, there are many folks who have already done so. However, as mentioned in last … more
Q: My friend sent me a picture of a large bug she saw today outside BJs. Said it was as long as palm of her hand. What is it?-Marilyn, PlainfieldA: Sounds frightening! I suppose that it was dead, as … more
It's the season for hummingbird questions! Here are just a few that I have answered in the past:Q What kinds of hummingbird nest in New England? We often see one with a red throat and another with a … more
When I was a young lad, just knee-high to a grasshopper, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day and always occurred on May 30, as opposed to the last Monday of May, the current designated day. The … more
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