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In our previous Naturewatch, we skipped from mountain lions to germinating milkweed, Project Milkweed, The Xerces Society, and finally 1001 Pollinator Gardens Project, an initiative to encourage, … more
Want your family and friends to think you are a skilled chef? Then you should think "chopped fresh herbs." For example, the basil variety Genovese produces a plant lush with large leaves that emit a … more
Though August is the eighth month of the year, it is an odd month for vegetable gardeners. That is because August embraces all of the activities that encompass a growing season. For one, it is a … more
Q: My wife and I were just returning home from a paddling outing on Lake Buel and saw something cross the road ahead of us. This was about 3 p.m. today on Route 41 in the Williamsville section of … 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
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
Today, Jim McCarthy called me and said, "I'm coming to pick you up, I have something to show you." We drove down to our meadow and, lo and behold, we have a meadow in bloom with cosmos, poppies, … more
How are your outhouse daylilies doing? I suspect rather well, since daylilies are among the most reliable plants in home gardens. The outhouse daylily, also known as tawny daylily, goes by the … 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
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
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