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Archive for the 'Flora' Category

Gardening, Need a Plant ID

Friday, May 6th, 2011

We have been struggling to get the gardens under control, and that is a lot of work. In Brooklyn, my back yard garden measured approximately 10 x 33 feet. I mowed the lawn with a weed whacker, and was known to complain about the limited space available for planting. Here, we have well over half […]

A Week of Leaves

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Leaf collection season is upon us. Fortunately the Village has a curbside collection of leaves every fall and, like last year, we have been focusing on getting maximum value from this service. And so, for the past week, pretty much every afternoon has been spent buttoning up the property for winter. We use the rake, […]

Of Squirrels and Shagbark Hickory

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Today I am on the topic of nature. We have a large shagbark hickory tree in the front yard. While outside gardening a couple days ago I noticed a small group of children staring at something on the ground. I joined the kids to have a look and they explained to me a baby squirrel […]

Hanging Planters

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

In Brooklyn, each year I planted sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas) in containers sitting in my front yard. They did really well in that sunny spot, blooming and producing tubers (sweet potatoes) that I learned to wash off and store in a cool but not freezing place for the winter. In the spring, I would […]