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My barnyard looks like an ice-skating rink, neighbor Marianne swears her driveway is an Olympic-quality bobsled course, and Facebook friend Janice...

This is a good time for all of us to stop and reflect on how we garden. Are we creating lovely-looking spaces, but failing to support pollinators...

Walking on water, frozen water


This winter has been extraordinary for its freezing temperatures and rain. We did have a proper snowstorm one Saturday. I even closed the farm...

The Flower Shows 2022


Usually at this time of year I am planning my travel to the various flower shows around New England: Boston, Connecticut or Vermont. Perhaps Maine....

Family planning underway on the farm


Here’s how things are supposed to work here on Miles Smith Farm:We put Ferdinand, our bull, in with the cows in August so that the resulting calves...

I’m a lucky guy: for one thing, I have no Japanese knotweed. Many is the gardener who has emailed me asking, “What can I do to get rid of Japanese...

The plastic wrap on the huge hay bale was frozen, and so were my fingers. I had removed my gloves to use my knife to slice the wrap, and now my...

Homeyer: Learning from a good book


Here in New England winter is long, especially for gardeners. We want to be outside in the garden but most days we can’t really do much. I...

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