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Winged euonymus (Euonymus alatus), sometimes known as “burning bush” because of its brilliant fall foliage color, has long been recognized as an aggressive invader of northeastern woodlands, where it crowds out native vegetation, creating areas inhospitable to most native wildlife. Birds do …

It’s easy to have a glorious garden in late spring and early summer, when all the classics from peonies to iris are in bloom. As the heat settles in, though, these early bloomers fade, often leaving the garden dull through midsummer, in the interval before fall arrives with its colorful frui…

Q I I always read your column. I haven’t written with a question for some years, but I saw something I’ve never seen before. On June 29, I went for a hike on Mount Everett. I was walking up the road in the area of the lake. I started to see things hopping near my feet. I thought they were in…

There are a number of gardening tools I’ve come to treasure over the years. An unbreakable, hand-forged trowel from a Maine craftsman, long out of business, is definitely on the list, as is a Tina-brand German carbon-steel gardener’s knife that is easy to sharpen, yet holds an edge well. I’d…

Annual flowers were disdained by most expert gardeners back when I was learning the trade. There was some reason for this. The annuals available then were relatively few — petunias, marigolds, zonal geraniums, and a few others — and the colors of the blossoms tended to be glaringly bright an…

One of those routine tasks that gardeners engage in during the summer is deadheading. No, I’m not talking about guillotines or anything as gruesome as that. Deadheading is simply the removal of the spent blossom from annuals and perennials for the purpose of preventing seed production. Since…

Ahh ... summer! This time of year, whenever I go to a farmers market or pick up my CSA (community supported agriculture) share or even find myself in the grocery store, something new has ripened locally and we can enjoy the bounty from farms in our own backyard.

One of my favorite things to do with almost anything you can find — in this season of plentiful produce, or even with what’s available in the winter — is to make ricotta toasts.

Recently, Robert McMaster, of Williamsburg, a retired biology professor at Holyoke Community College published "All the Light Here Comes from Above: The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock," a biography that traces Hitchcock's rise from poverty in Deerfield, where he was born in 1793, through the end of his life, much of which was spent trying to reconcile his faith with science.

Hello book nerds! It’s spring, which is probably my favorite time of the publishing calendar. Unlike the fast-paced books of summer and winter’s heavier fare, spring feels like a time for long, nourishing reads that offer a particularly happy type of escape. I’ve been keeping my eye on the b…

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