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Berries, birds, and cicadas in 2021

For me, at least, it’s been a bumper year for berries. In some years, I harvest only sparsely from the various fruit plantings in my landscape. Black raspberries, in particular, get snatched by birds before I can get to them….

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What’s humming in your garden?

The summer is here, and one of the big pluses of it is that it brings a bunch of new visitors to our region, some of which are the whimsical and hungry hummingbirds! In today’s post we’ll talk about these…

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The year without a blueberry

Every year in the garden seems to teach a lesson about how things change. This year, I’ve been disappointed in my blueberries. I wrote a post a few years ago about my blueberries and how I always manage to harvest…

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The mystery of the birdless blueberries

Some day I would like to have a well-built blueberry cage (like Kent’s) to grow many bushes in protected conditions.  For now, however, what I have is three bushes (with a fourth coming along) that are part of my landscaping…

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Awesome (really!) Video about Pollinators

If you’ve ever wanted to see pollinators at work, up close, photographer Louie Schwartzberg produced a video that gave me a new appreciation of hummingbirds, bees, bats and butterflies. The Hidden Beauty of Pollination, a TED talk, is 7 minutes…

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Free concert at Meadow Glenn

The morning concert here at Meadow Glenn is as good as that given by any high-school chorus. The school chorus, however, would have one advantage—number of participants. The concert in our yard is presented by one vocalist—a Gray Catbird. The…

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Solution for your summertime blues

Got the summertime gardening blues? No, not the blues from the 90°+ heat and the 85% humidity—but having too many blueberries. Howard County Master Gardener Deborah Patton and her husband, Jim Akers, get so many blueberries from their three plants…

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