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Q: I have been watching crows for the past four years, watching them build nest and settle down to have a family. But not one pair was able to follow through because a storm destroyed their nest. They don't build strong nests and the wind must have … more
With summer arriving on Wednesday, June 21, I'm sure many folks are already thinking of summer vacation. Everyone loves a vacation, even your houseplants. Huh? Oh, yeah, plants suffer from the same winter blahs as we non-chlorophyll-laden type of … more
For many years, I applied Deet before going in to woods and fields, often wore light clothing with pant legs tucked into commercially impregnated socks that purportedly dissuaded ticks from hitching a ride to the lunch counter. And never was I … more
"Why are my tomato seedlings purple?" Though no one has actually asked me that question, I suspect that it may be on the minds of many vegetable gardeners in recent weeks. more
I am writing this column on May 29, Memorial Day, so by the time it arrives for print or digital versions, monarch sightings will have increased. Every June, I begin looking for these butterflies, and recall that the year before last I did not see … more
I consider myself a master of mindless tasks — many would argue that is consistent with my mental capacity. Among my favorite mindless tasks are such activities as weeding the garden and mowing the lawn. Yet, I occasionally surprise myself … more
Q: I have lived at my current residence for over 40 years and I have never noticed this ever. In the last week or so I have seen numerous bees laden with pollen in the throes of death on the ground in and around our house. Have any of your readers … more
"For many people the scent of certain plants can revive memories with a vividness that nothing else can equal, for the sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the … more
Of all the books I've read during my 43-year astronomy career, my favorite isn't even an astronomy book; it's actually the inspirational and romantic autobiography of the late amateur astronomer and comet discoverer extraordinaire Leslie Peltier.In … more
The abrupt change in weather this past week was welcomed but was it too abrupt? I suppose it depends on whether you prefer wearing woolies or wearing shorts and T-shirt. As far as plant life is concerned, I don't see any serious effect right now … more
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