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I have a dilemma. A few weeks ago I discovered a nest of baby cottontails in the middle of my vegetable garden. Admittedly, they were as cute as a bunny ... which, if you're a rabbit, is better than being cuter than a bug's ear. At the time I … more
While walking the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, this morning and seeing many clumps of Queen Anne's lace, they reminded me of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont roadsides more than this spectacular walkway along the rocky coast of Maine. … more
Who would have thought that the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and pea picking have something in common? Whoa, that analogy will inspire some deep thinking, but more likely some questioning of my sanity. What's the connection? Both activities … more
Q: We have friends who live just off West Center Road in West Stockbridge. The spring started with a pair of ducks (I don't know what kind) and a pair of Canada geese nesting close to a nearby pond. The parents of the ducklings disappeared, as well … more
Recently, I came across my friend, Seth, standing silently and motionless by the roadside overlooking a corn field, apparently watching the corn grow. As inactive as that behavior may seem to some, in reality a lot can be learned by simply stopping … more
Waystations for wildlife are hidden gems, some well-established and a few in their infancy. Many are overlooked because of their small size and lack of hype although they are none the less a respite from daily responsibilities and stressors and are … more
Q: I have been watching crows for the past four years, watching them build nest and settle down to have a family. But not one pair was able to follow through because a storm destroyed their nest. They don't build strong nests and the wind must have … more
With summer arriving on Wednesday, June 21, I'm sure many folks are already thinking of summer vacation. Everyone loves a vacation, even your houseplants. Huh? Oh, yeah, plants suffer from the same winter blahs as we non-chlorophyll-laden type of … more
For many years, I applied Deet before going in to woods and fields, often wore light clothing with pant legs tucked into commercially impregnated socks that purportedly dissuaded ticks from hitching a ride to the lunch counter. And never was I … more
"Why are my tomato seedlings purple?" Though no one has actually asked me that question, I suspect that it may be on the minds of many vegetable gardeners in recent weeks. more
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