With more people staying closer to home this summer, resulting from concerns about COVID-19, interest in gardening has surged. But with this, comes questions about personal safety, especially for gardeners sharing space with neighbors and friends and through community gardens.

Sunday morning, right in the middle of a quiet wrestling match with one of my daily crossword puzzles, there was suddenly bloody murder at the back door. Somebody had driven into the yard without my knowing it, but my little perimeter guard was loudly on the job. It’s never mayhem or mutilat…

Right after breakfast most days, Kiki and I have what I call Chair Time. She’s already been outside, clearing the premises of vicious robins and mourning doves, and I’ve washed the breakfast dishes and wiped down the counters with Lysol on a paper towel. Now, I put the telephone and still-ha…

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached Vermont. It will be some time before the disease peters out and sometime further before the consequences of the virus are fully known — lives lost, businesses struggling or closed, incomes slashed — and even longer to know when life will be “normal” again. I…