PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK | Airbnbs on the Island? Codger is on the case
Codger hates to admit that he was shocked — shocked! — to read last month that the Island shelters scores of unlicensed bed-and-breakfasts, but he has been stewing about it ever since.
Now, when he patrols the Rock with his canine escort, they are alert to the clues of underground rooming houses — flocks of cars in a driveway, moony couples eating banana cake on a porch, drifty shoulder-to-shoulder bicyclists, the clink of ice in newly installed wet bars. The dog takes notes. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Make observations in your garden and keep a journal for seasons to come.
As the days grow shorter, the nights cooler, as carrots and greens begin to sweeten, and sections of your garden begin to rest, we reach a time for reflection and appreciation. The days spent working in the soil represent lessons learned. Some of those lessons will have built up confidence while others will have been quite humbling. (more…)
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION | Will this place be re-dubbed ShelHampton?
Who are we going to blame, now that most of the summer scapegoats are gone, for texting while jogging, cutting the ferry line, abandoning dog poop, screaming all day in the pool, walking three abreast down West Neck Road and annoying the hardware clerk formerly known as Mean Jean?
Codger is concerned that we will meet the offenders and find they are us. (more…)
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Saving seeds is a way to get the best yield from your garden.
With MAGGIE HIGBY
“Just as people have become divorced from the source of their food, so farmers and gardeners have become divorced from the source of our seed.”
“Seedtime” by Scott Chaskey
As the cool autumn weather descends upon us, we growers and gardeners start thinking about the best way to finish out the season and look forward to the next.
One way is to preserve the best plants that you’ve grown this season and replicate them next year through the art of seed saving. It is a surprisingly simple practice and has been in effect for 12,000 years. (more…)
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