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How to keep your outdoor spaces warm and cozy as temperatures fall

How to keep your outdoor spaces warm and cozy as temperatures fall

Spring became summer and as case numbers bobbed along, vacation plans withered. But gardens sprung up, as more homeowners took to fixing their landscapes and outdoor spaces. The mindset became, “If we can’t fly away on vacation, how can we bring that getaway feeling to our home?” Front porches received a fresh coat of paint and a hanging basket or two, while backyard living rooms became an alfresco extension of the home, featuring hardscaped patios with comfortable seating made for socially distant conversation, plus cozy firepits, sleek wetbars, and more. Water features, like garden ponds, waterfalls, or even large-scale babbling brooks further established the summer oasis setting.

Tips on growing your own apples 

Tips on growing your own apples 

In the list of apples that I grow, notice that there was no mention of Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Empire, or other varieties commonly seen on supermarket shelves and at farmers’ markets. These varieties have the combination of productivity, ability to ship and store well, and eye-appeal demanded by commercial markets. But a backyard apple variety can be chosen with only one consideration in mind — flavor! With over 5000 varieties of apples to choose from why not grow the best?

Program works with homeowners to promote pollinator-friendly planting

Program works with homeowners to promote pollinator-friendly planting

The Woodstock Pollinator Pathway is currently working with 52 homeowners and properties around town. “We help people find the right plant hosts,” said Ellie Reese of the Woodstock Land Conservancy. “For caterpillars, say, only milkweed will host a Monarch butterfly. We’re stressing the need for much more than just nectar plants.”