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Among wild animals, color makes little difference, and gray squirrels are a good example. Black will mate with gray; white will mate with gray or black, and gray will mate with either. This column … more
With the arrival of fall, many folks regard the flower garden as a fait accompli as a quick scan of the garden fails to show any plants in bloom the weeds notwithstanding. This is not unusual since … 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
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
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
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
In contrast to Memorial Day, which is perceived as the time to pick up the pace of our gardening endeavors, Labor Day is often viewed as a time when those labors are waning. Nothing could be further … more
"Aren't they cute?' says one neighbor to another as they discuss the two black bear cubs frolicking in their adjoining back yards that border a strip of woodland. They wonder where mama is. She isn't … more
I admit to being guilty — guilty of false accusations. It all began with my latest strategy for deterring raccoons from devouring our crop of sweet corn. I've tried many things over the years, … more
"Getting away" for a weekend needn't be tedious, especially for those living along the coast, spending a couple days in the mountains, or we who live in or among the mountains spending a weekend at … more
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