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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: 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
Spring is just around the corner, but there's still time to take advantage of one of gardening's greatest bargains: bare-root trees and shrubs. These are trees and shrubs, commonly deciduous, that … more
Q: During the last storm the red-winged blackbirds and the grackles have been at my feeder. I cleaned out the bluebird houses on Feb. 27, and the next day two males were courting the female. They … more
Q An indigo bunting [is] a first for me in my garden in Williamstown. He has stayed around for days (about 10 so far) and this evening, joined the doves ground feeding. In the morning, he was up on … more
Among the most attractive flowers in the summer garden are the lilies, including Turk's cap lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Yes, I know it is still spring, but I mention these … 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
Many years ago, a friend commented that she grew only perennial plants in her flower gardens since growing annuals required too much work, especially with the requirement of setting out new plants … 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
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