| Aug 1, 2012
| 1:57 PM
My friend and I both saw a bright red fuzzy insect on the ground. Never saw anything like it before! She thinks it's an ant, but I think it's a wasp. What say you?
Red velvet ants are wasps, but the females are wingless and that's why they look like ants...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 7:02 AM
I see that this is the time to start a lot of fall vegetables, but they like it cool and my yard is like an oven in the summer. How can I do this?
One way is to start them indoors, even leaf crops like endive. A cool basement works well. When they're a...
| Sep 2, 2009
In the rolling fields of Rose's Berry Farm in South Glastonbury recently, customers swarmed the rows of blueberry bushes, heavy with fruit, filling buckets to the brim.
Waiting in a clearing for a ride back to the parking lot, Raymond Fecteau lugged...
| Sep 18, 2008
The secret to a fall color paddling trip is flexibility and preparation.
Flexibility, because you have to be ready to drop everything for a perfect day. Which, for a fall canoe trip, means a day at the peak of the color season but unseasonably warm and...
| Jun 22, 2007
Right around Memorial Day, millions of cicadas descended on northeast Illinois in earnest, buzzing into open car windows, hitching rides through kitchen doorways, swooping into runners' mouths and generally flying all over the place like drunken...
| May 7, 2010
Did you know that a cockroach can live for a week without its head? That an ant can lift 20 times its weight? That the termite queen can rule her colony for 15 to 20 years?
Sally Quick knows this stuff and more. As an Orkin Pest Control (orkin.com) route...
| Jul 3, 2010
The buzz about bees has been bountiful since, geez, the dawn of civilization. Or at least ever since the first striped critter buzzed by any sort of prehistoric thinker.
In ancient times, prevailing wisdom had it that bees were the only creatures who...
| Nov 15, 2007
Don't go into the light. That seems to be the agreed-upon advice from people who make it back down from the heavens after a near-death experience.
Someday, we'll all go into that light -- sorry, but it's true, at least metaphorically -- but very few...
| May 27, 2007
Not so long ago corporate America dismissed environmentally conscious consumers as hemp-wearing hippies with too little buying power to demand much attention.
Now big brands are discovering it pays to go green. In the past six weeks alone Apple Inc....
| Jan 6, 2008
Green is about more than just plants. Being "green" is about being an environmentally responsible gardener without sacrificing style, show or seconds.
"Gardeners now know fertilizers, potting soils and the plants they use impact the environment in a...
| Jun 8, 2010
You could always slap peanut butter onto bread and tiptoe out to where the petunias bloom. You could sit there nibbling, watching bumblebees buzz and dart amid the nodding heads.
And, yes, you could call that garden lunch, that most irresistible of...