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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
Those who think I am full of beans may not be far off the mark. I do like beans. For the past six weeks, we've been harvesting and eating almost daily six different varieties of bush and pole beans. … 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
Q: I have two milkweed gardens and I am having an issue with what looks like a stink bug. From what I can see, they have killed all of my caterpillars. My milkweed has had a lot of caterpillars … more
I became interested in finding a local nursery offering native varieties of milkweed (Asclepias), and other native plants popular with pollinators, after receiving queries from readers about … more
One of the more fascinating, if not disturbing, pests now to be found in the vegetable garden is the tomato hornworm, so called for the large hornlike structure on its tail end. Though quite large, … 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
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
The question I've been asked most often of late — besides "Are all your clothes that shabby?" — has been in regard to the defoliation of crabapple and apple trees. Many of these trees … more
I had planned to write this last week, but got side-tracked. Fortunately, it isn't too late to recruit a few more Citizen Scientists, who may be as young as grade schoolers or as old as retired … more
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