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Barn Door

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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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