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Bees Prepare for Winter

As the autumn colors begin to emerge and the temperatures start to drop, many animals begin their preparations for the winter ahead. Each type of animal has its own strategy for surviving the cold winter months-bears hibernate, some birds fly south, and squirrels and chipmunks begin storing nuts and seeds for the long days ahead. Insects are no different; many hibernate in various developmental stages, but few are active all winter long.

That's where honey bees are different. Note that...

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70 pounds and Counting

70 pounds and Counting

It’s November, cooler temperatures have set in, summer is a distant memory, and most gardeners have called it quits for the vegetable growing season.  Being the intrepid Square Foot gardener that I am, I continue to protect the plants, collect and weigh the produce, hoping to reach a self-imposed harvest of 100 pounds, before I call it quits..

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Seasonal Salad tasting at Celebrate Fall

October 23rd was a beautiful crisp Fall day on which the Arboretum hosted its annual "Celebrate Fall" festival. This was my first experience at this wonderful event for families, children and teens.


The theme of this year's festival was "It's Harvest Time" and being the resident Square Foot Gardener in charge of growing vegetables and herbs, I was asked to create a special tasting for our guests to sample at the event. Inspired by some of the cool weather crops which can be found...

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