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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

NATURE’S TURN: Appearance and disappearance of a long-tailed turtle

The wonderful turtle (most likely a female) showed no sign of being aware of my presence, but her legs and feet gave the impression of being frozen in motion.

Gardener’s Checklist: Week of May 23, 2020

Get a few heirloom tomato varieties when shopping for tomato transplants to set out in the vegetable garden this Memorial Day weekend. 

Nature’s Turn special photo edition, May 9, 2020

To take the sting away, especially spring snow is known as “poor man’s fertilizer."

The Self-Taught Gardener: Love in the time of corona

At a time when connections count, our Self-Taught Gardener Lee Buttala advises us to try Nature.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Love and loss in the garden

Fred took me from my buttoned-down days in my Connecticut garden to my life as a single man in the Berkshires and gave me a new way of thinking about gardening.

NATURE’S TURN: Peak summer flowers, fruits and foes

Melons and summer and winter squashes trumpet their yellow- to orange-hued blossoms and set fruit. Their leaves form a floating green carpet.

NATURE’S TURN: August turnover: garden digest

There is so much information to digest and respond to in the expanse of a mid-summer garden.

NATURE’S TURN: Sow crops for late summer, autumn and winter food. A new book inspires

In many area gardens, beds of early beets, carrots, turnips and garlic bulbs will be harvested between now and early August, challenging us to choose short-season and frost-hardy varieties for continuous planting.

BOB GRAY: Legacy

I felt a pleasant balance, an equilibrium of sorts, from hard work done well.     

NATURE’S TURN: Wood frogs, peepers, wind woo springtime sower

The warmth that thawed the wood frogs thawed my garden beds and gave rise to tiny leafy tops on half a dozen overwintered parsnips.

NATURE’S TURN: Nature turns on the edge of freezing – a photo essay

Keying out the details of what remains of the plant on the stormy day on which I write of this discovery, observation points to the noveboracensis, a phenomenal New York Ironweed. I am eager for a close look during the 2019 growing season.

Bits & Bytes: ‘A History of Searles Castle’; downtown Pittsfield trick or treat; ‘The Perfect Pitch’; ‘Interreligious Illiteracy’; ‘Stone Pears’ book launch

The fifth annual Western Mass Film and Media Exchange will feature Hollywood screenplay consultant, author and pitch expert Pilar Alessandra.

NATURE’S TURN: Autumn wind and other wild wonders around a garden

Autumn’s full-grown clumps of grass do dance with the wind more fluidly than young, short ones. Weighty, seedy flower heads pull on the season’s longer stems, exaggerating their bowing and bobbing.

NATURE’S TURN: Harvest and reseed. Revel in flowers, relish fruits

Among the late summer bloomers in my landscape are a fragrant heirloom phlox, Japanese anemone, Oswego tea, Russian sage and New York ironweed, all perennials.

BOB GRAY: Midsummer

I remembered reading that, if time ever stops, it's on a summer afternoon.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Tropical effects

A tropical Thai garden that can survive in Madison, Wisconsin? It is colorful, and otherworldly (at least for us northerners).
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