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Holistic Orcharding: Michael Phillips

For several years I’ve been absorbing holistic orcharding and gardening wisdom from Michael Phillips. I no longer recall how I came across the pied piper of organic, non-toxic fruit tree propagation, but it’s quite possible that my first introduction was an … Continue reading

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Storm + Screen Doors

Good friend and skilled carpenter Kevin Boyle built screen doors for Rosslyn’s exterior mudroom entrance and pantry entrances, and he installed them this past Sunday and Monday. My bride had leaned on him to squeeze the installation in between two … Continue reading

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How to Use Tanglefoot (And Why Fruit Trees Need It)

It’s time for a follow-up to my Organic Orcharding post, specifically a look at using Tanglefoot as a non-toxic pest inhibitor in a holistic fruit tree orchard. (You may also want to check out my post, “How to Apply Tanglefoot to … Continue reading

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Radishes and Radish Greens

On this technicolor Tuesday I present to you one of our flashiest May garden treats, French Breakfast Radishes. Field and forrest foraged veggies — like stinging nettles, wild ramps, and fiddleheads — are nature’s charitable reminder that winter has once again … Continue reading

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Organic Orcharding

For the last few years I’ve made brazen claims about holistic, organic gardening and orcharding. No pesticides. No way; no how. Period. No exceptions. I’ve refused to spray our fruit trees to inoculate them against all of the baddies that lurk in an orchard’s tender … Continue reading

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Bobcat Sighting

This handsome bobcat (Lynx rufus) was photographed with game camera in one of our meadows on January 2, 2016. Friend and Essex neighbor John Davis mounted the camera about a month ago. In addition to photographs of deer, turkeys, and rabbits he discovered four … Continue reading

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Why Are My Cucumbers Orange?

Why are my cucumbers turning orange? Yellow-orange, to be precise? We have more productive cucumber plants than ever before, but the enormous fruit are turning yellow and orange before we can eat them. Here’s the reason why. Cucumbers turn orange … Continue reading

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Snakes, Swiss Chard & Automobiles

A week ago today was a day for snakes. Though – sadly, I must add – it was not a day for living snakes… Rattlesnakes and White Tail Deer Let’s start with the good news. Or at least the benign-if-slightly-amusing … Continue reading

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Broccoli Bonanza

For the first time in my gardening life I am enjoying homegrown broccoli from our vegetable garden. Better yet? It’s totally organic and totally pest free! That’s a broccoli bonanza! Our friend, neighbor and gardening guru Catherine Seidenberg asked me … Continue reading

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Plum Premature Fruit Drop

For weeks I’ve been anticipating our first crop of plums. A small crop, but proof that the last few years nurturing our plum trees to health despite hail storms and severe Adirondack winters, Japanese beetles and a zero pesticide regimen … Continue reading

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