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Doubting Mint

This April, I watched weeds sprout in my mint patch and thought I might have to turn over the soil and start again from seed. That patch this month, untouched:

I shall never doubt my mint again.

What does it take to kill off mint?

Lawn Variety is Not a Curse

If I mow my lawn every week and spray and weed, everything looks short and green and the same. Call it a choice or call it lazy, but I think that if something is growing in my lawn and it isn’t a thistle, it belongs there. One of the benefits of waiting and being patient [...]

The Mystery Of The Sticky Sticks

Yesterday, my daughter, while she was picking spearmint leaves for tea, spotted this bunch of sticks (dry lengths of grass, really) glued on the bottom side of just one leaf. It reminds me of a candidly larva’s protective casing of pebbles glued together, but also of a butterfly’s egg.

I issue a cry for help [...]

Dangerous EarthGro Pottting Soil From Scotts

I suggest placing a warning label prominently on the Earthgro packaging: May Contain Dangerous Fragments Of Industrial Refuse. [...]

Barn Door

Don’t worry. The horse isn’t the only thing that’s out of the barn.

One Bumblebee

Where I live in central Maine it’s been an unusual year. We’ve had a slow start due to cold, but even so I haven’t seen more than one bumblebee in my garden. Just one bumblebee, and no honeybees at all. In some nearby woods a hole twenty feet up a tree had held an active [...]

8 Landscaping Ideas To Fix A Boring Backyard

Inspired by Felicia Feaster of HGTV, we provide you with this list of 8 surefire solutions for a boring yard. [...]

The Tenacity Of Garlic

Yes, that’s a Nerf football.

Hey, Bud!

Putting the Pumpkins to Bed

One of my favorite ways to watch the seasons turn is to put the family’s jack o’lanterns at the edge of the woods right off the side of the house. Every few days as we walk to the bus stop or over to the grocer’s, we take a glance and see how the pumpkin [...]

October Bounty

A full week into October here in mid-Maine, and still I’m harvesting a bounty from good earth. A few peppers that are supposed to be hot came out sweet in the chill, but hundred of sweet peapods are a special delight, since these cost me nothing but the light work in August of shelling [...]