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Celebrate Juneteenth with ‘Black Barbie’

The Netflix documentary directed by Lagueria Davis drops today.

Gardener’s Checklist: Week of June 18, 2020

Summer weather has arrived. Be sure to water yourself as well as your plants.

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

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

NATURE’S TURN: Harvest, feast and prepare for storage, renewal

Harvesting, preparing and preserving the season’s crops, combined with ongoing care of the plants and soil, has reached a climax of activity.

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.

NATURE’S TURN: Polyculture, no-till garden tour

Rows of vigorous fall-planted garlic have anchored the garden with their lush foliage, superseded only by perennial rhubarb that thrived even when its leaves were snow-covered on May 12.

NATURE’S TURN: Melodious phrases, vegetable plantings with spires of camass flowers

From the rousing, quirky sounds and silhouetted flight of woodcocks in the late winter dusk to the melodious phrases and amusing spectacle of speed-walking robins on sunny, just-raked garden beds, the activities of seasonal arrivals have tuned our response to the swelling spring.

BerkShares Business of the Month: Rolling Rock Farm

When asked about the most important thing he’s learned from all his years in business, Rolling Rock Farm's Tony Carlotto said that it’s to be nice to people, adding, “When you’re happy and show up with a big smile, it spreads.”

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: Frozen northeast, flowering northwest

After the ground freezes, gardeners look up to seed stalks and vines of flowering annuals and perennials to decide which to leave for wildlife and to disperse their seed in the landscape, and which to cut to collect seed for intentional sowing or to compost.

NATURE’S TURN: A full plate

Onions and potatoes, tomatoes and basil, cucumbers and kale, snap beans and zucchini fill dinner plates and overflow salad plates as the growing season peaks.

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.

NATURE’S TURN: High sun – stirring storms, gardens and robin neighbors

The rain, the sight of the Sun at the top of the sky, the quickened greening of the earth and the press of crops ready for harvest pull us into the rising tide of the growing season.

NATURE’S TURN: Summery heat coaxes dormant plants and animals into the light

Touring the garden, perennial herbs and flowers, as well as fall-planted garlic that emerged from snowdrifts scarcely two weeks ago, have been growing quickly since the recent heat wave.

NATURE’S TURN: Marvels of a polyculture garden

I am dousing all bean and cucumber plants with collected rainwater to encourage production while warm weather prevails.

NATURE’S TURN: Signs of maturity, cure alliums, plant for autumn

Whether at a farm stand or market, it is a small crime of property damage to tear open the tip of an ear of corn.
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