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Bug off! No, not you! I am referring to the bugs, or more accurately, the insect pests that are beginning to bug me. Among these are the tiny flea beetles chewing holes in leaves of my radishes, the … more
Q: We have three questions, two from our 7- and 4-year-old boys who spend a lot of time in the outdoors learning all they can about nature. And one from their parents that I will begin with:For the … more
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
Q An indigo bunting [is] a first for me in my garden in Williamstown. He has stayed around for days (about 10 so far) and this evening, joined the doves ground feeding. In the morning, he was up on … more
Among the most attractive flowers in the summer garden are the lilies, including Turk's cap lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Yes, I know it is still spring, but I mention these … 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
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