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Garlic is perhaps the most useful of vegetables. It is a key ingredient in all cuisines; it has medicinal properties; it wards off vampires; and it can help clear a crowded room in no time at all. … more
Q: When I walk around my gardens, I frequently see a hairy white caterpillar, about 1 1/4" long. It has a tiny black bead-like head and a row of tiny black triangle-like marks down its back. … more
Thinking back on the numbers of monarch butterflies we saw in the Northeast in 2015 and 2016, I saw only one. This past summer, many were seen and has offered hope that they may still have a chance. … more
The appearance of yellow, and subsequently brown, needles on white and other pine species in late September and early October often leads some people to conclude that their trees are in peril. Fear … more
Q: I've lived on the lake in Cheshire for 18 years. Every June, the turtles lay their eggs in several places on my property, but despite my best efforts to protect the nests, critters always destroy … more
With the arrival of autumn my thoughts have turned to spring — spring flowering bulbs, that is. As such, I am putting together my spring bulb shopping list. Since the blossoms and foliage of … more
Q: What to do about this nest that is hanging under a porch? (The writer enclosed a photo.) Will winter weather take care of this or do we call an exterminator? It is very active at present. Are they … more
So much is being said about insect pollinators lately, especially the honey bees, bumblebees and other bees numbering something like 20,000 species worldwide. Pollinators also include many flies, a variety of beetles, our lovely butterflies and … more
We really don't need the calendar to let us know that autumn begins this coming, Friday, Sept. 22. Yellowed and browned leaves of bearded iris and daylilies, red and purple spots on the foliage of disease-ridden peonies, and faded flowers and … more
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