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The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. A popular myth that ants "tickle the buds" or "lick the sugar" to help them open is not really true. The ants are attracted to the sweet nectar exuded on the buds, but the blossoms would open regardless of the ants' presence. Th...
A new baby was delivered today. She has cream-colored skin and a black head. She's only about 1/4 inch long. Her name is Cynthia, and she's a painted lady butterfly larva, or caterpillar.
As my husband and I worked in the garden this weekend, I noticed the bees visiting my azaleas (okay, not my azaleas, but the neighbor's azaleas). I take extra notice when I see bees since hearing so much about their population declining.
Being in a power outage can be very frustrating. Here is some advice that may help you the next time there is a storm and you lose power for a few or more days.
Since moving to New Hampshire a few years ago, I have been amazed by so-called Yankee frugality—and money-saving acumen. The word frugal can have a negative connotation in today's world but it really means "economic in the use of resources," according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It...
Have you been intrigued by the increased chatter about root cellars? They seem to be experiencing a revival. I looked back at The Old Farmer's Almanac archives and was not surprised to see some useful information.
I think I learned something last weekend about growing tomatoes.
I discovered composting rather late in life—but it's never too late to start or, if you get lazy, start up again! Here are tips on how to compost.

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