Posts filed under: Outdoors & Environment

May! It’s here with its wonder and beauty of colors and fresh aromas, bird song and hope. It also brings chores as one of the busiest months in a gardener’s life. The...
In our altered modern landscape, the idea of an old growth forest is captivating; we picture primal, untouched wilderness, massive trees and forests full of life. But what is “old...
It seems pretty crowded out there if you’re familiar with all the popular cultivars in commerce today. Ever wondered who all those people named in plant circles really are?...
Charlotte has a new silver maple champion!...
April Fools Day has come and gone, but April’s weather continues its foolish unpredictability. In keeping with that spirit, herewith is April’s True or False....
Oh, to wander the woods after a spring rain! What wonderful awakenings await? The sight of forsythias blooming in the sunlight penetrating the forest floor with unbounded exuberance....
Each spring bicyclists return to Charlotte’s roads, and in this COVID year they seem to be out in greater numbers than ever. Here are some safety tips for cyclists and...
Have you heard about all the non-native invasive species in Lake Champlain? These include 50 species of plants, animals and pathogens that were introduced to the Lake Champlain Basin....
Did you know that Vermont was the first state to designate a day of the year to clean up litter along the roadsides? And on that day in 1970, 51...
To understand how to take care of forests, we first need to understand what they are and how they work. Within forests, one of the incredible processes that make forests...
All creatures are endowed with some means of defense. Over time, ancestors of the striped skunk of New England developed a memorable and unique means of warning possible attackers. When...
Some gardeners use chicken tractors to recycle kitchen scraps, help control pests, and to provide organic fertilizer. The chickens live in a house and a run, mounted on wheels or...
To understand how to take care of forests, we first need to understand what they are and how they work. While most peoples’ understanding of them starts and ends with...
I dream of Opening Day on the shoreline of a swollen stream and of monster holdover rainbows and steelhead like those occasionally caught in Lewis Creek in Ferrisburgh. My inner...
Even on a frigid day with raging winds, the sun penetrates and warms. Spring! The Vernal Equinox is in the rearview mirror, birdsong fills the air, and crocuses and snowdrops...
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Community Horticulture Program Master Gardener volunteers are hosting a free vegetable gardening education series on six consecutive Saturdays this spring....
As you hit the trails, take a close look at Vermont’s forests. Some trees are threatened by invasive forest insects, and in some places, you might be the only one...
Early March is a wonderful time to look for birds in Charlotte, as the resident species are already getting ready to breed. In the past week, I have seen pileated...
As you hit the trails, take a close look at Vermont's forests. Some trees are threatened by invasive forest insects, and in some places, you might be the only one...
With the lengthening daylight and the many seed catalogs arriving in your mailbox, it’s hard to ignore the promise of spring. Are you planning to grow your own vegetable and...