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As I wrote in an earlier Naturewatch, "waystations" for monarch butterflies and other pollinators fill in necessary gaps, and allow for increased success of species on the edge. One grammar school … more
 Q: While raking leaves, leaves from a neighbor's maple tree have blown into our yard. Most of these leaves have large black patches on them, usually one or two per leaf. We have no maples, so … more
Editor's Note: While garden columnist Ron Kujawski hibernates for the winter, columnist Thomas Christopher will be stepping in for bi-monthly garden advice. The column, which previously ran in … more
Q: Isn't it kind of late to be seeing a monarch butterfly on Oct. 27? I saw one in my yard in Adams on that date.— Laura, AdamsA: I saw one in our backyard that faces the golf course on Crane … more
'Tis the season of home insect invasions!Not all insects die with onset of cold winter, many winter over in leaves, under bark or elsewhere outside. The wooly bear caterpillar, or woolly worm, is the … more
With deciduous trees and shrubs shedding their leaves, it would seem all that's left to stare at for the next five to six months is the gray or brown bark of stems and branches. You may be thinking: … more
It is true that one bad apple will spoil the bunch, and if you don't have ideal storage conditions spoilage is a certainty. By ideal, I mean temperatures near freezing, high relative humidity, and … more
Q: We find most of our daily pleasure watching the myriad of birds at our feeders. I've counted as many as 20 finches at one time. Three or four days ago, there were suddenly no visitors where … more
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
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