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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 »»


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 »»


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 »»

Pick your garden spot

April 20, 2014 The perfect garden spot is always on the other side of the fence, no matter where you try to garde. more »»

A bird in the hand

April 13, 2014 When I was a child, I thought my family enjoyed playing cruel jokes on me every time we drove along Route 60 on the way to Grandma’s house. “Look at the deer,” they’d say. more »»

Consider building a rain garden

April 13, 2014 During the morning of the blizzard in mid-March, the temperature was close to 30 degrees. more »»

Fare thee well!

April 6, 2014 Dear Winter, Well, it was a good visit this year. I have to admit, your strong presence was both a joy and a pain. There were great days of skiing, snowshoeing and playing. more »»

April Skies

April 6, 2014 Mercury is behind the sun in relation to Earth and cannot be seen this month. Brilliant Venus appears as the morning “star” during April. It’s hard to miss, low in the east-southeast at dawn. more »»

Yesterday’s perfect garden just got better

April 6, 2014 Growing up, I clearly understood that vegetable gardens were for growing ... well, vegetables. The straight rows, aided by using a string, were signs of a good gardene. more »»

The rites of spring

March 30, 2014 We hear about the rites of spring. These rites are ephemeral, just as spring itself is. more »»



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