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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
Q: On Saturday, June 9, we were riding the rail trail when we were stopped by a kid and dad who had found a baby snapping turtle. All of us were confounded by this as we had just seen the moms … more
I find conversations with other gardeners to be very enlightening. Either I learn something new from their experiences or am inspired to rethink some of my approaches to gardening. Such was the case … 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
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