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From an aesthetic point of view, it is quite attractive with its metallic green body and shiny bronze wing covers. From a gardener's point of view, it's as ugly a critter as ever roamed the earth. … more
Q: I got some pictures of a carpenter bee attacking and flying off with an insect. The insect, I believe, was one of those large bugs of the leaf-footed family. Do carpenter bees use other insects as … more
Q: On Saturday, June 9, we were riding the rail trail when we were stopped by a kid and dad who had found a baby snapping turtle. All of us were confounded by this as we had just seen the moms … more
I find conversations with other gardeners to be very enlightening. Either I learn something new from their experiences or am inspired to rethink some of my approaches to gardening. Such was the case … more
In a Naturewatch column I wrote, for the first Sunday in July 2006, we find a word to politicians: Keeping your head buried in the sand will keep you from needing to consider the effects of global … more
"Knee high by the Fourth of July" is a catchy rhyme that has long been used as a benchmark by farmers in assessing the progress of their corn crop. If corn has attained that height by the Fourth, it … more
Q: We've seen a family with nine goslings [on Center Pond] — do they gather little ones from other families? — Chris and Bob, DaltonA: Death of one or both parents, or other causes, … more
Though it is still June, the harvest season is well underway. By now, many gardeners have harvested radishes, spinach, leaf lettuce and perhaps even beets and carrots, if they were planted in April. … more
The monarch butterfly, once a familiar sight, is plummeting toward extinction.Aside from seeing more monarch butterflies last summer than in recent years, for instance, although seeing none the … more
One of the most important gardening tasks of late spring is pruning. So, grab your pruning shears and pruning saw and attend to these hacking uh, pruning tasks:- Snip off the spent flowers and seed … more
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