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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

NATURE’S TURN: Gifts for the Earth and the gift giver

During this, the Long Night Moon, I compiled a list of gifts of enlightenment for readers that will, in turn, support generous gift giving to the Earth.

NATURE’S TURN: Cover crops for the home gardener

During summer months I broadcast crimson clover seed between crop rows. This beautiful plant not only fixes nitrogen in the soil – i.e., we grow our own fertilizer – it keeps weeds down and is a good cut flower.

NATURE’S TURN: Seek improved biological activity, soil structure, nutrient balance

Even though my garden is healthy and productive, I periodically pursue various methods of soil testing.

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: When the earth thaws

As of this writing, deep snow covers the mulch that covers the parsnips and the entire expanse of the raised bed garden is a field of white.

NATURE’S TURN: August sun lights flowering, fruiting gardens and NOFA’s celebration of growers

Master Ruby Throat then flies to a neighboring structure with more scarlet blossoms, alights and, in a blink of an eye, is whisked away by another hummingbird.

NATURE’S TURN: Succession sowing; gentler, greener growing practices

As you prepare for succession planting and look ahead to new growing spaces, please consider that creating and maintaining permanent planting beds is the starting point for recognizing soil as an ecosystem of micro- and macro-organisms.

NATURE’S TURN: No-till, polyculture, permaculture pleasures

Solarizing kills the grass without having to pull it out; the soil structure is not disturbed and all the organic matter is left in the ground.

NATURE’S TURN: Recreate familiar ground, explore its depths anew

In the wild and in the garden, the season is about a month later than last year, when I noted that spring arrived a month earlier than the year before.

Bits & Bytes: Classic car presentation; ‘Beyond Vietnam’ reading; ‘How Could You Forget Your Own Mother?’; ThinkFOOD conference

"How Could You Forget Your Own Mother?" is the story of a young woman whose land has been threatened by ecological devastation caused by a fracking company that bought rights to her land.

NATURE’S TURN: Corn flower fireworks, water harvests, more mulch

The flowering plants hold the promise of ears of colorful “green,” or fresh, corn to eat and ears to dry on the stalk.

NATURE’s TURN: Solstice time plant supports, growers gather, a turkey struts

At Fern Farm on Mt. Washington, baby animals capture the essence of spring’s progress from embryo to new, burgeoning life.

NATURE’S TURN: Relationships thrive in and beyond the garden

With gardening season in full swing, I am also energized to redouble my efforts to interplant as many row-seeded crops as possible.

Transitioning to a greener pasture: ‘LIVING THE CHANGE’ Fair

"This fair will showcase key organizations, sustainable businesses, and empowered individuals in the Berkshires who are creating a livable future–one that is healthier, more prosperous for everyone, and more socially connected." -- Judy Eddy

NATURE’S TURN: The 21st-century gardener

While the media informs us about the devastating affects of carbon dioxide pollution in our atmosphere, we remain uninformed about the role of carbon as an integral part of life on our planet.

Agricultural Adventures: Sean Stanton — farmer, selectman, father

Stanton is not just a successful farmer. He credits his interest in serving on town boards to the model set by his parents, who have always taken into their home people who need help in various ways.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.