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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
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
Though there are still many weeks left to the growing season, Labor Day weekend is when I begin to take stock of the successes and failures in this year's gardens, especially in the vegetable garden. At the top of the list of failures is the corn … more
Q: I have two questions: We still have hummingbirds coming to our sugar water feeder and wonder when we should stop feeding? I have been told it will delay their departure and keep them longer than they should stay here. The other may not be among … 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
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
Though it is not unusual to see a coating of frost on plants at some point in September — usually late September — it did surprise me to find frost damage on many of the sweet potatoes and a few of the squash and tomato plants in my … more
There is much excitement about monarch butterflies this summer:Q We have been trying to lure the monarchs back to the area by growing as many milkweed plants as we can. This year it finally paid off as we had a few of the butterflies and then … 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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