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For many folks, it is a time to unwind a bit, soak up the sun, take in some of the Berkshire arts and cultural offerings, and, perhaps, plan a little vacation time. Such is not always the case for passionate and devoted gardeners. The list of tasks merely expands and for many of us, that is pure pleasure despite the work.
June may be the busiest month of the gardening season, not just for gardeners but also for the insects, mites, and some four-legged critters which thrive by feasting on plants.
Pruning trees and shrubs in the home landscape can be a mystery and a source of anxiety to many folks. This is especially true it seems when it comes to pruning needled evergreens.
Last weekend may have been the green flag to begin the race, otherwise known as the garden planting season. Look out for weeds and eliminate pests as you see them.
Weeds in gardens are competitors, vying for light, nutrients, and space with the desirable plants. As such, the weeds must be removed.
Spongy moths, formerly known as gypsy moths, have hatched in the Berkshires and are currently wreaking havoc on gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts. What are these hairy caterpillars and how do we eliminate them?
If you have a patio, a doorstep, or just a windowsill, you can have a vegetable garden. The solution is to grow vegetables in containers. All that is needed to get a garden underway are some containers, soil and seeds or transplants.
In columns of the past few weeks I have discussed the pleasures and learning experiences that come from gardening. However, I must admit there are some frustrations as well. Often these frustrations relate to whimsical weather, something about which we have little control. Nevertheless, I can often work around the problems that it causes in our landscape and garden.
The late and legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi, once said: “Mistakes are lessons by which we learn. When you learn the lesson, forget the mistake.” That quote has stuck with me since I first read it many, many years ago. I certainly have learned many lessons from my mistakes but it hasn’t stopped me from making mistakes, despite good intentions.
One of the pleasures of gardening is the opportunity to experiment with new plants or new techniques.