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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
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
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
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
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
 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
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
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
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
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