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Over the decades, taste has drained out of supermarket tomatoes. Harry J. Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, thinks he can put it back in within a couple of years.In this week's issue of the journal Science, … more
Q: We watch the birds at our feeders with much pleasure. Our question is, how and where do birds sleep in this cold weather? We feel sorry for them.— Beverly, EgremontA: There really is no reason to feel sorry for them; winter songbirds are … more
Here we are perfectly balanced between winter solstice and spring equinox. When you look over your shoulder, are you saddened by how quickly these winter days have flown by? Maddened that you haven't yet spent enough time in your ice shanty pulling … more
It's hard to believe that anyone can even tell, but actually, this one's not too hard to spot. Its name is Mira, and it's what astronomers know as a long-period variable star.OK, so it's not really a new star. But it is one that we haven't seen for … more
Like gardening? Want to share your skills with your community or family? Master Gardener programs are creating an army of volunteers who contribute hours of stewardship.Specialties run the gamut, although most focus on nutrition. There are Master … more
Q: Would you have a recommendation on what kind and make of binoculars I should buy for bird watching?— ChrisA: I must first share my own experience. From my teen years until say 20 years ago, I never could bring myself to spend more than $75 … more
Winter around here is rather synonymous with skiing and snowboarding. Wait, I take that back: Winter is defined by skiing and snowboarding along with the whole spectrum of snow enhanced, outdoor activities we lucky folk have access to here in the … more
Winter, especially early winter, is a good time of year for gardeners to travel. Houseplants now are most tolerant of neglect and, if we plan a little, they can even thrive in our absence.Lack of water is the major threat to neglected plants. But … more
Vermont is often lauded as the Nordic skiing epicenter of the east coast, and there is no better place to explore the more rugged variant of the sport - backcountry skiing. Diverging from the pristine groomed trails of traditional touring centers, … more
A gardener's resolutions, as the new year begins, are modest ones. The world won't end if a lawn isn't mowed on schedule, though it will grow better if it is. There is no crime in growing too many tomato seedlings, even if the time could be spent … more
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