The Green Mountain Gardener: Make Your Own Holiday Decorations

Natural holiday decorations such as roping, swags, wreaths, and table arrangements are not hard to make. You will catch on to the simple principles quickly, and in a short time your results may surprise everyone, including yourself.

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The Beauty in Nature: Sweet Gums and Bradford Pears

Sweet gum and Bradford pear trees are planted on lawns and along streets in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, for their attractive shapes, summer shade, colored leaves, and multitudes of white flowers on the pear trees in April.

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The Beauty in Nature: Suburban Food Chains

Common, everyday house sparrows are abundant in cities, towns, and farmyards the year around in southeastern Pennsylvania and across most of the United States and other countries around the world.

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Plant Easy-Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty

Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests.

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The Green Mountain Gardener: Gardening Questions You Might Ask in September

This month, many gardeners ask these three questions.

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The Beauty in Nature: Picturesque Pines

Pitch, scrub, and table mountain pines are relatively small, picturesque kinds of pine trees adapted and native to the dry, poor, worn-out, or rocky soils of southeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the eastern part of the United States.

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The Beauty in Nature: Strips of European Flowers

Flowering plants originally from Europe dominate many country roadsides in southeastern Pennsylvania farmland, as elsewhere in North America.

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The Beauty in Nature: Two Toads

Mostly I hear them calling from pond shallows in spring and early summer. If I look closely, I can see males sitting in inch-deep water with bulging throats while trilling or pairs floating while spawning in the pond.

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The Green Mountain Gardener: Vacation-Proofing the Garden

July is a good month to take a vacation. But if you plan to travel, remember to cancel the newspaper, put a hold on your mail, and hire a garden sitter.

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