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The Almost-Last Garden Hurrah of the Season

September 3, 2020

We're down to about 13 hours of daylight. Beans and greens, blueberries and raspberries pack the freezer. The garden bursts with late-summer abundance – for us human consumers and for lots of other beings. Hummingbirds lick the nectar from scarlet runner bean flowers before the birds' long flight south later this month, while bumblebees and honeybees gather pollen from sunflowers that support the runner beans. It's a jungle out there – one to appreciate as the equinox approaches; one to evaluate for next year's even better garden. Enjoy!

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

January 5, 2017

Real Christmas trees can serve several purposes once they're taken down and removed from the house. If the snow is deep enough, you can stick the tree in the snow near a bird feeder to shelter birds as they flit to and from the feeder. If you have the time, you can cut (or shake) off the dried needles and make a balsam sachet. You can cut the branches off and mulch perennials with them. Even if you just let the tree rot in your woods or in an out-of-the-way place in your yard, it will continue to sequester some carbon and will add organic matter to the soil over time.

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