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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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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