A quick solo trip home from the boat to do summer dentist appointments and to check on Birdland. It’s a long drive, but I broke it up with a layover in Indy to visit my oldest friend, Nancy, and her husband, Karl.

Gardeners looking to plant new trees or shrubs during this ideal time in fall often face a number of choices when shopping around for materials.

Gardeners looking to plant new trees or shrubs during this ideal time in fall often face a number of choices when shopping around for materials.

The mornings in Birdland are mine. Well, mine and Ursula’s and the birds’. I have discovered a new app for my phone from Cornell University: “Merlin,” which can record birdsongs and identify them.

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Spider mites are a common pest on many types of plants. The most commonly encountered species is the twospotted spider mite. While we often think of them attacking houseplants, particularly during the winter months, they can also be a problem on fruits, vegetables and landscape plants, parti…

Gardeners looking to plant new trees or shrubs during this ideal time in fall often face a number of choices when shopping around for materials.

Gardeners looking to plant new trees or shrubs during this ideal time in fall often face a number of choices when shopping around for materials.

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) (SLF) is an invasive pest that impacts a wide range of plants as it feeds throughout the growing season. This non-native leafhopper was first identified in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to 10 other states. Recent discoveries in Indiana …

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It’s morning in Birdland, and I’m sitting on the porch with the two dogs and the cat. It will warm up today, but just now, I feel a pleasant, damp chill in the air. Birds trill and tweet and screech and chirp and rustle and warble.

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In recent visits to local prairies, I was reminded of a spectacular native plant that is often overshadowed by its more common hybrid cousins.

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