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This week, I was musing about how much I've learned about gardening in the past year. If you're a beginner, perhaps some of the little things I've learned along the way will help you! If you're well beyond the beginner stage, I hope that you'll share some of your biggest lessons—perhaps with amusem...
Some of the most interesting plant containers are ones that were not originally intended for the purpose. A few I months ago I bought supermarket salad greens in a clear, shoe box-size plastic container, with a separate lid, and, after eating the contents (which, oddly enough, were packed in a cellophane bag), resisted brin...
I'm planting a small organic vegetable garden this year. My goals: enjoy healthier and better-tasting veggies, show my young child where food comes from, and save money! I just took a class at a local organic farm. Here are the basics of what I learned. Perhaps you'll find these pointers helpful!
Spring has arrived! With longer days and warmer weather, the birds are starting to sing, the buds are blooming, the sap is running, and the brooks are starting to flow. As all of nature wakes up, I feel the same urge to get myself moving! There’s something about spring that makes us all itch not only to get outside, b...
Gardening in the woods can be a challenge, especially when you love plants and flowers. But the forest is where I choose to live; it provides great shelter for many birds and critters that we love to watch, so I don't intend to clear the property of a lot of trees just to have a huge garden.
I have made a decision this year to have a small, thriving vegetable garden but to try to save money gardening where I can. I have already bought my seeds at an outlet store at a 40 percent discount. These are good, name brand seeds packaged for this year. I’m splitting the cost with a neighbor, as one package contain...
Winter of 2010 sure brought some wild weather! Did you experience any unusual weather this winter? If so, we'd love to hear from you.
In the winter of 1980, two very memorable events occurred in upstate New York: Lake Placid was on a national stage as it hosted the XIII Olympic Winter Games, and my dad came home with a color TV (a big upgrade from our 13-inch black-and-white boob tube).
How do you foretell the coming of spring? Every year, I enjoy hearing what readers from different regions have to say!
My great-grandfather ran a sawmill and was a cabinetmaker who could make just about anything out of wood. My grandfather built his own house using a Sears and Roebuck kit. My father did not inherit any woodworking skills. In fact, his friends used the word "Atwellian" (from our last name) to describe anything that...
December 12, 2008 This morning, we woke up to huge crashing sounds. (My husband later compared the sounds to road-side bombs.) We rushed over to the window. An enormous tree was falling right before our eyes. Our stunned eyes took in an otherworldly view. There were fallen trees in every direction. The branches were cover...
Every December, we cook up a storm for the annual Almanac Christmas party. Last year, a huge ice storm forced us to cancel our festivities—so we were looking forward to this year's celebration. Below are photos of the holiday table. Can you tell that we love to bake and cook?! This year, we hosted a holiday a...

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