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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 [...]

Autumn Growths

At the same time that an unusually long growing season is bringing me a second, smaller batch of flowering onions, consistent rains have stimulated other fruiting bodies in my garden as well.

Puffballs, fly agaric mushrooms and this rather extravagant orange fungus have emerged from the ground.

What growths are taking place where you live?

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Vegetables at the Brink of Autumn

My August plan to chance a second batch of snap peas has borne fruit:

Even though the plants are shorter than their summertime parents, they’ve got some delicious pods.

And what does a hot pepper taste like if it’s grown when the frosts are nearly here? I’m about to find out:

Meanwhile, garlic [...]

Reclaimed for the Sun

When I moved up to Maine 3 years ago, the place I moved into had a deck of pressure-treated wood shoved into a south-and-east facing corner. It wasn’t connected to the steps, so you had to walk to it. It didn’t face the street, so it wasn’t made for socializing. It got splintery and rickety.

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Autumn Chives

While the presence of September chive blossoms themselves isn’t unpleasant, their reminder of the significant shift in climate we’re seeing is unnerving, and brings to mind questions of what kind of winter we’ll have this year. Unpredictability grows into insecurity, in the garden. [...]

How I Know Autumn is Coming

I hear the sound of acorns falling. I feel acorns underfoot beneath the oak tree. The blueberries and blackberries are gone. The second round of snap peas has sprouted. The lily stalks look like they could be part of a basket. The trees swarmed by Japanese beetles are brown.

How do you know autumn is [...]