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School gardens weed out couch potatoes while sprouting fit kids

June 29, 2014 ITHACA — Planting a school garden into elementary school activities can teach about nutrition while boosting physical activity and exercise. more »»

A rose by any other name

June 22, 2014 I think we’ve all heard the quote “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. more »»

Japanese knotwood among worst invasive exotics

June 22, 2014 Another nasty invasive weed has invaded our country. more »»

Lighting up the night

June 15, 2014 I was camping in Allegheny National Forest last summer when it happened. The tent was full of the sounds of a family deeply asleep. more »»

The life of the Luna moth

June 8, 2014 I’m not sure how I saw it. It all happened so quickly, but out of the corner of my eye I watched a small green-winged creature ricochet off the tractor trailer driving in front of m. more »»

Tick seasonal awareness

June 8, 2014 Spring is fast turning into summer and the temperatures are rising. Outdoor activities are increasing for people, pets and livestock. more »»

Rattle your nerves

June 1, 2014 It is an otherworldly sound — it both belongs and doesn’t. At once it instills a fear that renders you motionless, but also attracts you with a deep rooted thrill fueled by adrenaline. Rattlesnake. more »»

Herbalicious gardening

June 1, 2014 By LINDA SWAIN Special to the OBSERVER One of my favorite things to grow is herbs because they offer a combination of beauty and usefulness, and can virtually be grown anywhere with ease. more »»

June Skies

June 1, 2014 Mercury is positioned between Earth and the sun and is not visible this month. Brilliant Venus appears as the “morning star” during June. Look for it at dawn, low in the eastern sky. more »»

The Canada Goose

May 25, 2014 By CRIN?FREDRICKSON Special to the OBSERVER Duck, duck, GOOSE! The Canada Goose is a common sight in our neck of the woods; many of us can recognize their familiar calls or even their V-shaped... more »»

Coming to a yard near you!

May 25, 2014 By JOYCE?FISHER Special to the OBSERVER Spring has come and gone and with it the weeds have grown by leaps and bounds. more »»

Passion

May 18, 2014 Passion can be defined in many ways. The definition that pops up around me the most is “intense enthusiasm: a strong liking or enthusiasm for a subject or activity. more »»

Vertical growing

May 18, 2014 An excellent way to double or triple yields, conserve space, and decrease work in your garden is to grow vertically. more »»

Beneath our feet

May 11, 2014 I love this time of year. It is obviously spring, the forest turning from brown to green. Warm days seem as gifts not to be spent inside but outside finding something new each day. more »»

Deer vs. your garden: an all-you-can-eat buffet

May 11, 2014 Too often we spend our spring preparing our gardens with back breaking work only to find that the deer have gotten to our harvest before it even has time to matur. more »»

An expression of self

May 4, 2014 Life is a rocky path at best; never graded, paved, or plowed. At times it is a little smoother, other times the gaping holes seem to appear out of nowhere, ready to swallow me whole. more »»

Walk fast, walk slow

April 27, 2014 You can walk the same trail at the same time with friends and family and still walk a completely different trail. Everyone brings something different with the. more »»

Transplanting

April 27, 2014 If you are staring at all of the seed packets spread out on your kitchen table and wondering which ones you should start indoors, your first thought should be which seeds are amenable to the... more »»

May Skies

April 27, 2014 Beginning in the third week of May, look for Mercury, low in the west-northwest during evening twilight. The smallest planet in our solar system, Mercury is only slightly larger than our moon. more »»

Costa Rica’s natural world

April 20, 2014 As the natural world transforms with the changing of the seasons, we recognize the common signs of spring: Tundra Swans passing through on their migration north, Skunk Cabbage poking out of the... more »»

 
 

 

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