Month: March 2015


Four-legged critters in the garden. At present, there are no serious critter problems in my garden. As I related in the post Vegetable garden, we went through problems with groundhogs, rabbits, and meadow voles as the vegetable garden was getting established. For now, what with a… Continue Reading “Critters”

American goldfinches at nyjer seedbag

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). In several previous bird posts, I have been pretty positive that black oil sunflower seed and suet were the only bird foods I needed to keep my feeder birds happy. Then, on an impulse the other day, I bought a… Continue Reading “American goldfinches at nyjer seedbag”

Beneficial insects

Beneficial insects, or natural enemies. In Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman describes a visit to a French greenhouse grower, Monsieur Audier. In the middle of a 2-acre glass greenhouse, M. Audier keeps an insectary, where both beneficial and pest insects are kept side by side. M.… Continue Reading “Beneficial insects”

Planting an acorn

It has been said that it’s old people who want to plant acorns. Which doesn’t make sense since oak trees take a long time to mature. I had never considered planting an acorn until I read Douglas W. Tallamy’s book Bringing Nature Home: How You… Continue Reading “Planting an acorn”

March changes

Look at this. The first week of March. We just had 6″ of snow on top of a foot of ice pack. The temp has been at zero most mornings. We had the third coldest February on record for this area. It seems that… Continue Reading “March changes”

A robin experiment

In the post American robin, just a few days ago, I wrote about a big old robin near the feeders, and also about a flock of robins in a nearby park, eating little dried-up fruits from 2 small crabapple trees. Perhaps these tangy treats–well, I… Continue Reading “A robin experiment”

Vegetable garden

Vegetable garden.   The vegetable garden was started several years ago. Each year brings improvements, which will be described here. When the vegetable garden was started, we were having huge problems with groundhogs. They had tunnels everywhere and multiple ways of getting under the… Continue Reading “Vegetable garden”

Native species

Native species garden. Douglas W. Tallamy, the author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, recently wrote a piece for the New York Times, titled “The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening: In Your Garden, Choose Plants That Help the Environment,” which puts… Continue Reading “Native species”

Dark-eyed juncos in March, an update

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). March 18. Since I last posted about dark-eyed juncos, they disappeared from the feeders and from under the holly shrub. The temps were near zero, but are now moderating although today is cold with a chilly, blustery wind. The juncos… Continue Reading “Dark-eyed juncos in March, an update”

American robin

American robin (Turdus migratorius). The American robin is a thrush. It has been said that the American robin was given the common name of robin by English settlers, who identified it with the English robin, which also has a red breast–robin redbreast. The English robin,… Continue Reading “American robin”