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by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living

Noticing signs of the summer-to-fall change

Friday was the full moon, the harvest moon. It marks the end of summer and the start of fall, which officially starts on Thursday.

Growing up in the garden stays with a city kid

After I had a friend deliver my daughter a huge load of vegetables, I had pangs of remorse.

Basking in golden summer before yellow bus comes

On the first of July our friend John told us summer was over. We ignored him.

How we conserve water during a dry summer

The soaking rains last week were a welcome thing for gardeners, and our vegetable plants responded with a massive growth spurt.

Peaches, Gilly and our (slowly) growing dairy herd

We’re fairly used to baby animals around here, as long as they are baby chickens.

‘Creepy’ bats? Consider them welcome guests

Bats get a bad rap. People think they are scary, creepy, sneaky, gross and dangerous , that they all have rabies and that many suck blood.

Still a few gardening lessons to be learned

The first northern garden we had we planted in a clearing in the woods, completely forgetting that a patch of light in the early spring is deep shadow in the summer, when all the trees are fully leafed out.

Do what you can to help the bees

Honeybee colonies have been hurting for decades now, from diseases and parasites, from pesticide poisoning, from loss of habitat and from unknown causes.

Tiny steps not enough to keep plastics out of oceans

Last week was World Oceans Day, an international celebration of all of Earth’s oceans. It’s a day to think about how the oceans act like lungs for the earth, with their plant and algae beds producing oxygen, and the water itself evaporating and condensing, falling back down as rain.

Newts, like the rest of us, dependent on clean environment

Newts, like all amphibians, are in danger. They are threatened mainly by loss of habitat globally. They are also extra sensitive to air and water pollution because they breathe through their skin.

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