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Helping Monarch butterflies with easy Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)




Butterflyweed, or Asclepias tuberosa, is great for pollinators and a required host for Monarch butterflies, whose caterpillars eat the toxic plant as a way to protect themselves from predators. Many other pollinators, including native solitary bees, flock to the showy … Continue reading






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Raspberries and coffee and raspberry coffee cake




The recent warm winter weather provided a good opportunity to do my simple and free winter fertilization of the raspberries with coffee, and a favorite raspberry coffee cake recipe. A few years ago, the area where these raspberries grow was … Continue reading






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Winter Composting




There are two important things to know about winter composting in places like Massachusetts: 1. Winter composting is possible and requires little more than frequent additions. 2. If your compost freezes over, which is normal, that is NOT A PROBLEM! The pile will restart once … Continue reading






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Putting fall “garbage” to use




Autumn’s garbage provides a wealth of opportunities for next year’s garden. Not just leaves, but pumpkins and potted plants, too. (But leave the straw bale.)






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Making large paper pots




Now that we know newspaper is as safe as anything else to use in the garden, here is a quick tutorial on how to make paper pots. I generally use a soil block maker to start seeds and then another block maker … Continue reading






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Three types of people, three types of compost




THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE – THREE TYPES OF COMPOST NOTE: Each year Arlington holds an EcoFest where people gather to learn about various environmentally related issues. This year I was asked to discuss compost with people. Below is a version … Continue reading






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Fast ‘urban compost’ – saving energy outside the home




This summer I kept more than 1,000 lbs. of “garbage” from getting hauled dozens of miles away in a 3 mpg vehicle to an incinerator. I also saved money and got great compost. Spurred by a question from JP Greenhouse, … Continue reading






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