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One of the reasons I garden is that I love to cook and to create wonderful, flavorful dishes I might not get elsewhere. I think many gardeners share that inclination. One of the techniques I have not used much is roasting vegetables, but I recently did some roasting and will do some more. I …

“Can I recycle this?” Who among us hasn’t stood over our recycling bin, clean container in-hand, asking ourselves this very question? When it comes to plastic, the little symbol on the container makes things even more complicated.

Maybe you enjoy using fresh mushrooms in your meal preparations but have opened the refrigerator door and discovered to your disappointment, the “mush” part of mushrooms. Or maybe you’d like something different to satisfy your inner gardener over the winter months (or any other time of year …

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It might not look like much from the street, but the house at 70 Library Ave. in Rutland is the first of its kind. Thanks to the collaboration of more than a dozen community organizations, led by grass-roots Rutland’s Promise, the home’s second-floor apartment has a new lease and an even gre…

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“Pssshhh, pssshhh, pssshhh,” says Chip Darmstadt, in loud whispering tones. He walks quietly along a path situated between a strip of trees bordering the main road. Behind him, there is an expansive field of native wildflowers and grasses who are displaying their fall colors. The field stret…

Since the beginning of the pandemic, pet owners have noticed it is taking longer to get appointments at their veterinarians for well visits, surgeries and even urgent cases. Appointments usually scheduled in a week now have to wait for two or more at times. What in the world is going on?

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Spring is all about planting, but many gardeners overlook fall planting. Now is the time to plant garlic and spring-blooming flowers planted as bulbs. For me, fall planting is a joy: the thought of bulbs nestled into the ground just awaiting spring fills me with hope. And if you pick a good …

One morning in early autumn, I was running errands in downtown Keene, New Hampshire, when I was stopped in my tracks by a flash of yellow. Crouching down, I found a gorgeous, palm-sized bird, olive above, with a belly as gold as sunshine. It was a species I’d never seen before, and it was ly…

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The arts and nature have always shared an intersection, with many artists attributing nature as their source of inspiration. Take for example our well-loved poets, like Robert Frost, Wendell Berry, and Mary Oliver, the latter of whom wrote, in her collection of essays called Upstream: “I cou…

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Frank O. Duffy, a postal worker from Mattapan, Massachusetts, had been visiting Wallingford for more than 40 years. His friend, Patrick J. Muiry, of Boston, had “discovered” the town back in 1895. And now, the retired Mr. Duffy was staying at Maple Grove Farm for his annual October vacation.…