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Q: Our local gray squirrels have seemed to have lost the fur off their tails. We noticed last summer only one squirrel afflicted with this, but now there are five or six running around that have … more
The cold and damp weather of March and April has deterred most gardeners from venturing into their gardens as soils have remained excessively moist, if not covered by snow. Even with the brief warm … more
Q: I live just north of Brattleboro, Vt. I read and enjoy your column in The Brattleboro Reformer. I enjoy watching the birds that come to my feeders and can identify many of them from what my … more
"Now what?" Many, many years ago that was a question my mother would ask whenever one of the neighbors called to inquire about my whereabouts. The answer was never good. Today, there are still people who ask … more
READERS' COMMENTSThis morning, I watched a pair of white-breasted nuthatch clean out my bluebird house (no, I had not gotten to that chore). She, or he, perched around and watched, cleaned it out for … more
"Grow up!" For many years I was mystified by that command issued by some family members, friends and a few others with whom I had only brief acquaintance. Finally, one day it occurred to me; what they were … more
This month has certainly given partial credence to the old saying: "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Thus far, the first part of the adage has been true, but as we enter the last … more
Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and fun. But nothing takes the enjoyment out of this popular activity like not having the right tool for the job or having a tool that does not work right.In our … more
Besides being faithful to newspaper deadlines, the most consistent thing I have done during my time writing for The Berkshire Eagle has been clipping each column for reference. But, could I locate … more
Spring — which is breaking now, even in the North Country — is the season when gardeners start spreading fertilizers on everything from lawns to vegetable gardens. This can be a good … more
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