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The Hidden Life of Moss, Mushrooms and Trees

Three books reveal the hidden life of moss, mushrooms and trees, considering them from ecological, culinary and spiritual perspectives.

By |February 6th, 2019|Books|Comments Off on The Hidden Life of Moss, Mushrooms and Trees
  • Cold hardy greens started in a kitchen greenhouse window

Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs

This time of year, my p.o. box runneth over - with a bounteous crop of specialty mail order seed catalogs that get my mouth watering. With giant chemical companies owning and controlling most of the global seed market, I urge you to seek out independent seed houses. They tell you who they are right up front.

By |February 3rd, 2019|Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs
  • Yucca 'Golden Sword' with snow in winter

Perennials That Look Good in Winter

How do we make gardens that still look like gardens in the winter? It’s worth scoping out what perennial foliage still looks good in your garden in cold weather. Gather these "foul weather friends" together for winter garden beauty.

By |February 3rd, 2019|Clues, Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Perennials That Look Good in Winter
  • Bird feeder with tufted titmouse outside window in winter

Birds and Bird Feeders Outside My Windows

How to help birds in winter and protect birds from predators and collisions with glass.

By |February 3rd, 2019|How-To's, Views|Comments Off on Birds and Bird Feeders Outside My Windows
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Looking Across the Fall Line

Dead and dying trees provide wildlife habitat and are critical to forest health. Let's look at fallen branches and trees as natural resources rather than disposal problems.

By |February 3rd, 2019|Garden Coaching, How-To's, Views|Comments Off on Looking Across the Fall Line
  • New golden beech leaves in spring

Trees for All Seasons

If you love trees, rush right out and pick up the February issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. My photographs of four seasons in a very special tree collection are featured in a splendid ten page layout ...

By |February 2nd, 2019|Highlights & Happenings, Just Published!, News|Comments Off on Trees for All Seasons
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Robins Eating Sumac Berries

As I was enjoying my breakfast during a winter snowstorm last winter, I had a ringside seat watching a frenzy of robins devour staghorn sumac berries. So glad I planted this under-appreciated sun-loving native tree right outside the window. And now I'm very pleased to see my photo of feasting robins on the cover of the [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Just Published!|Comments Off on Robins Eating Sumac Berries
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Change of Seasons Out My Window

The transition from fall to winter changes the view out my window. But there are still late fall flowers for pollinators and positive environmental news.

By |December 1st, 2018|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Change of Seasons Out My Window
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Gather A Garden Wreath

Complete the cycle of the seasons by gathering greens and other plants from the garden to make a holiday wreath that will give you pleasure all winter long.

By |November 19th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Gather A Garden Wreath
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Last Ditch Deer Protection

Once deer have established their winter territory, rutting bucks damage trees. Protect trees from deer scrapes and rubs with physical barriers.

By |November 11th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Last Ditch Deer Protection