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Q: After reading the "World of Wonder" insert in The Berkshire Eagle about the billions of passenger pigeons that once darkened our skies, I had to wonder which avian species is the most numerous today. I would guess either the common English … more
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
Let's take a moment to talk about green manure ... Stop! Come back! It's not what you think. For one, it has nothing to do with sick cows. Rather, green manure is simply a cover crop that is tilled into the soil while the plants are still green. … more
"Research, research, research," an acquaintance said to me recently. "Don't they do anything else with our money?" He was speaking of an info-promotion that popped up on his computer screen following a search for something about elephant ivory. … 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
Just about everyone has at some point in life had a "slap upside the head" episode. Oh, I don't mean that literally, but rather figuratively as when something seemingly obscure suddenly becomes obvious. Of course, I've had more than my share of such … more
The use of dormant oil as a pest control material is familiar to most gardeners, but the term "summer oil" may leave you scratching your head — hopefully it's not because of lice. Dormant oils are called "dormant" because they must be applied … 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
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