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by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living

Still a few gardening lessons to be learned

The first northern garden we had we planted in a clearing in the woods, completely forgetting that a patch of light in the early spring is deep shadow in the summer, when all the trees are fully leafed out.

Do what you can to help the bees

Honeybee colonies have been hurting for decades now, from diseases and parasites, from pesticide poisoning, from loss of habitat and from unknown causes.

Tiny steps not enough to keep plastics out of oceans

Last week was World Oceans Day, an international celebration of all of Earth’s oceans. It’s a day to think about how the oceans act like lungs for the earth, with their plant and algae beds producing oxygen, and the water itself evaporating and condensing, falling back down as rain.

Newts, like the rest of us, dependent on clean environment

Newts, like all amphibians, are in danger. They are threatened mainly by loss of habitat globally. They are also extra sensitive to air and water pollution because they breathe through their skin.

Nest and egg season arrives

It’s egg season, and our nesting friends are planning families. We usually like to schedule haircuts outside this time of year so the birds can grab something soft for their nests. I think I’ll tackle the heads of my husband and son this weekend.

A long cool spring finally bursts into bloom

While I can rue my northern home while driving through southern Saratoga County and into Schenectady — where the lilacs are blooming — at least I’m not in the central Adirondacks, where it can be 10 degrees colder than at my house.

No time for sleep as the fox shares nocturnal ways

The fox is out an nobody's sleeping.

If chickens make me weird, does the Internet make me normal?

My family recently entered the modern age by getting Internet. Right in the house, if you can imagine.

Busy takes over as spring blooms

It seems like there are about a million things to do every day, and a million more that we don’t have time for.

Peepers singing means spring is really here

The shrill song of those tiny swamp dwellers is, for me, the true sign of spring.

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