Posts filed under: Outdoors & Environment

Widening the focus to neighboring towns, let’s explore the wealth of options in Shelburne and Hinesburg....
Recently a friend mentioned how difficult it was, in spring, to differentiate weed seedlings from more valuable garden-worthy plants. True, as we excitedly look to see what returned or self-seeded, our...
Two days of blue skies and (mostly) fair breezes welcomed Lake Champlain’s best sailors back to Town Farm Bay for this year’s Diamond Island Regatta and its new partner, the...
Wolfger Schneider of Sustainable Charlotte not only designed a photovoltaic system for the Charlotte Energy Committee for its dual-use demonstration project at the compost shed at the Charlotte Central School,...
Shelburne Museum teams up with Encore Renewable Energy and Bee The Change to develop two pollinator friendly solar projects...
If your tomato plants look overgrown and crowded, now may be a good time to consider pruning them. Although pruning tomato plants is not required, it is a good practice...
Forests are communities, a rich mixture of organisms engaged in relationships and interactions with each other, built around the living architecture of trees....
I recently headed up into the mountains in search of native brook trout with a few very accomplished angler friends—Mark Wilde and John Lesher....
The Hagios family had a successful blackberry season this year...
The Bristol Community Solar Co-op is coming to fruition with a little added benefit to support Clemmons Family Farm....
Deputy Tree Warden Alexa Lewis checks an emerald ash borer trap on Prindle Road in East Charlotte last Thursday....
Every few years I revisit the inventory of walking trails in Charlotte. Our town is blessed with these resources and the vast network of volunteers who support them....
Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus), with its striking yellow flowers, is a beautiful plant, but also a threat to our priority natural communities and native plants.  In recent years, it has...
If your kale plants succumbed to cabbage worms, don’t fret. You can start a second planting in midsummer to enjoy a bountiful harvest in the fall. Kale is a good...
It’s mid-summer now, and the trout have figured out that if they want to survive the heat they’ve got to find deep pools with water temps below 70 degrees....
Conserving water is always a good idea, and if the dry weather of the last two summers is any indication, such practice should become habit....
It occurred to me as I’ve read about the dedicated volunteers working at Charlotte’s Park (formerly Demeter) and the Library’s rain garden that I’ve neglected the cause of “native plants.”...
As I write this, the leaves of our trees have unfurled, our forests blooming in an unthinkable diversity and abundance. Even in the midst of a dry early summer, everything...
The bright green triangular boxes hanging from a dozen ash trees in Charlotte are designed to attract any emerald ash borers (EAB) in the neighborhood and give the town a...
If you yearn for more outdoor art (after visiting Lemon Fair and Cold Hollow Sculpture Parks), venture down the road to Shelburne Museum or consider a road trip to Saint-Gaudens...