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The scoop on soil


We often call it dirt, but the soil beneath our feet, in our gardens and under the plants of the forests and fields is far more than grit and mud...

Horses will flee; cattle may fight


Have you ever wondered which is smarter: cows or horses? I think they’re intelligence is about equal, but their behavior is different. Here’s what...

Homeyer: Do you deserve a medal?


As I walked around the garden recently with my wife, Cindy Heath, she turned to me and said, “Anybody whose gardens looks great at this time of...

Characteristics of the common, colorful grackle


The grackle appeared early last spring, the day before I put the feeder away (so as not to tempt the bears who would soon be awakening from their...

No, it’s not too late to eat local


The pandemic threw me off my stride, and while Marianne has staffed the Miles Smith Farm booth selling our meat, I was only recently free to visit...

Homeyer: Starting wildflowers from seed


I recently visited the Nasami Farm in Whately, Mass. This is the plant production facility for the Native Plants Trust, formerly the New England...



Did you know that Concord has been an official Tree City for 23 years? It makes sense because if you look around you’ll see trees downtown, in...

As the song goes, It’s “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy!” Well, not really. Yes, I’ve planted my 53 tomato plants, 200 onions and more, but...

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