A niche plant

Today while walking in the forest near my house, I saw an indicator that spring is about to turn to summer: lots of Ladyslipper Orchids in full bloom. These endangered wildflowers find a secret pocket to thrive in dappled sunlit spots in the Connected Pine Grove. These orchids are astonishing: but don't touch please. If [...]

On Blue Lupine

Ecologists label the area of the world where I live as the, "Connected Pine Grove." This classification refers to the naturally occuring pockets of Karner Blue butterfly habitat areas between Albany, Saratoga and the greater Glens Falls region. The Wilton Wildlife Preserve, just outside of Saratoga Springs, NY is the key protected area serving as [...]

Herb Gardening Project in Saratoga

This week found me weeding a tea garden I planted last fall, in Saratoga. Organic herb gardens are the easiest gardens to keep organically- the spicy or aromatic properties of the herbs often chase away predator bugs. Being able to cut some beebalm, lemon balm, mint, catnip, lemongrass, lavender, chamomile, sage- any combination of these- [...]

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