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Echinocystis Erupts

A week ago, I wrote about my discovery of the native plant Echinocystis lobata, the wild cucumber. This morning, the specimen I collected shared with me a little surprise. Though I had severed the fruit from the vine, it remained alive, developing as it ordinarily would, given that this time do year, vines in the [...]

The Spiny Sac Cucumber

When farmers plant vast fields of soybeans and corn, and some vines of wild cucumber pop up in the fields, which plant is really the invader? [...]

Morning Mystery Mushroom

After a few days of hard rain, these fungal fruiting bodies appeared in my garden this morning, with bright red stalks and slick grey tops. Does anyone know what species this is?

Plants Maps – Now With Maps!

A few months ago, I asked the rhetorical question, What kind of Plants Map has no map? I was referring to a web site called Plants Map, which is aspiring to serve as a kind of social media network for gardeners. It’s a great idea, but at the time, what stood out about Plants Map [...]

Scapes Aplenty

Although I’ve gardened for some years, I didn’t start planting garlic until three years ago. Living in the desert, I couldn’t grow garlic without an unseemly amount of irrigation. Living in the South, so many grand oaks grew around my home that I was restricted to shade gardening. Now that I’m in Maine and have [...]

Pea Sweet

Open today.

Is Collapse Of Time Streams Creating Agricultural Shortages That Only Preppers Will Survive?

Before It’s News, a right wing web site that trades in wild conspiracy theories, usually takes the trouble in each of its articles to plainly state the reasons that disaster is just around the corner. They typically name who’s to blame: The Illuminati, reptilian overlords, aliens from the planet Niburu, or Islamic Marxist Economic Elites.

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If You Do as the Chemlawn people tell you,

You could miss out on a field of buttercups.

A peony opens

Less photogenic, but even more exciting, is the discovery this morning that the loco weed I had planted last autumn into my herb bed has successfully created a new generation of seedlings, as I hoped it would.

What’s happening in your garden?

…. afternoon note: Now, the peony has fully opened.

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Volunteer Trees: Birch, Ash, Dogwood?

In gardening there are annuals, there are perennials, and then there are the plants that could outlive us. In the last group are the trees, and I’m lucky to have many of them where I live in Maine. I have three volunteers this year that I could use your help identifying.

I’m pretty sure [...]

What’s Missing From These Photographs

Bees. Except for a small number of bumblebees, my garden, usually buzzing at this time of year, is devoid of pollinators. I use no pesticides.

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