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So I got a call on Tuesday from one of my father’s past employees from way back in the 70’s, Chris (Crista) Ward. Back then the Liberty Agway store was more into selling power equipment, … more
Back in the beginning of March, I wrote about seed starting with your kids or grandkids, and I just wanted to show off two of my grandchildren as we planted marigold seeds last Sunday. I went with … more
  This is a follow-up to a column I wrote last month referring to Poppi Soda not containing corn syrup. Well I have had the chance to get some Poppi at Shoprite in Monticello. It wasn’t … more
Well, it has been quite the week since my last column. Over three inches of rain last Saturday night, snow Sunday night and then tropical storm force winds on Monday. Well, it was the wind that did … more
What a beautiful day last Sunday was with sunshine and temperatures near sixty degrees. Even with the rain this week the temperatures were warmer and we didn’t have to deal with ice and snow. … more
Well it is a sure sign that spring is right around the corner when my birds have come back. Last fall we had a flock of goldfinches with a pair of cardinals that would stop by every day through the … more
Even though the days are getting longer, it is still quite chilly out there and not time to rototill the garden yet. But hope springs eternal as we get closer to spring and warmer weather. … more
As we inch closer to spring, we are reminded that it is still only February. Punxsutawney Phil did his thing, the Daytona 500 is this Sunday and last Sunday was the Super Bowl.   It was one … more
So Punxsutawney Phil says we are going to have an early spring and they weather we have right now doesn’t feel like a typical February. I worry that if I start planning for an early spring … more
Well, how have you enjoyed the winter so far? There has been at least a little weather for everyone to hate. Not enough snow for snowmobiling, not enough ice for ice fishing and just enough slop to … more
The brutal cold from last week is gone and now back to some rain and a little ice. It’s still too early to start seeds indoors, but there are still plenty of topics to talk about. How about … more
Well those buds on my hydrangea I wrote about last week have thoroughly frozen off. Welcome to winter, it is as Cold as Ice out there. Watching the Weather Channel on Monday as they were reporting on … more
Well the crazy weather is at it again. Snow for a few days and then rain and flooding, besides being a pain in the neck for us, our plants are having a hard time coping as well. Last week just before … more
  Predictions for 2024, the sun will rise and the sun will set. I’m sticking to the easy ones as my prediction for an early winter was way off. With the severe Canadian wildfires this … more
In a letter to the editor in Tuesday’s edition of the Democrat , the Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, gave reasons why the annual coyote hunt should be allowed to … more
What a mess the rain made last week. Our nice coating of snow is gone and what we are left with is mud. Yesterday marked the winter solstice, the shortest daylight day of the year, so now we are … more
There have been some strange occurrences this fall to some plants around the area. A customer came in last weekend and told me he thought he had a beaver eating his dappled willow tree. Eighty … more
Thanksgiving has come and gone, hopefully you had a lot to be thankful for this year, but did you remember to give thanks for everyone involved in providing for your Thanksgiving meal. Farmers from … more
With the cold weather we have had already this season, gardening outside is pretty much over for this year. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t get your hands in the dirt. Caring for … more
  So next week is the big day. No, I’m not talking about the Black Friday Bonanza at the store, I’m talking about Thanksgiving.   More specifically about the vegetables … more
I stand corrected, last week I had mentioned that the Giant Leopard moth didn’t live in our area and I was wrong. In fact the Giant Leopard moth can be found in most of zone 5 now, so many of … more
Recently there has been some controversy over the wooly bear caterpillars crawling around Sullivan County. At the store in Monticello, we have found two wooly bears that were completely black and in … more
You need to have the right tools for the job you are trying to accomplish. It sounds like a simple concept, yet day after day we get customers that are making their lives harder by not having the … more
  With the colder nights and scattered frost about, many of the summer annuals and vegetables in the garden have gone to mush, but that doesn’t mean the planting season is over.   … more
With the warm weather we had this week you would have thought it was spring in our store as we were selling grass seed, fertilizer, lime and hoses. Yes the weather is still good for planting grass … more
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