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Lisa Allmendinger on July 9th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield of The Garden Mill for the information in this column. Part one ran yesterday.) In the flower garden: Keeping your flower beds watered is probably going to be your biggest task this month. A close runner up will be keeping insects at bay. Aphids have been a […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 8th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield of The Garden Mill for the information in this column. Part two will run tomorrow) In the vegetable garden It’s the time that many things begin to be harvested and in the perennial garden, it’s a time when lots of flowers are in bloom (my Echinacea is […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on July 3rd, 2016

By Rich Kinsey What do basketballs, motorized Barbie Jeeps, street hockey pucks, bicycles, baseballs, scooters, dogs, kites, butterflies, footballs, radio control contraptions and gliders have in common? They can all roll or fly out in the street with a child in hot pursuit. School is out, ladies and gentlemen, and kids can pop out behind […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 18th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield for the information in this column. Part one ran yesterday.) Trees and shrubs Prune back early-blooming shrubs such as forsythia and quince after they have finished blooming. This will encourage new growth and more flowers next spring. Don’t “seal” pruning wounds when you prune trees. The old […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 17th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield for the information in this column.) Here’s what we really should be doing this month in the gardens. In the veggie garden: If you haven’t gotten your veggies planted yet, don’t wait any longer. We have a short growing season, and many of the things we all […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 10th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Thanks to our mild winter, many cranes never bothered to leave for the warm, sunny south. Because of this and the warming climate that has been occurring over the past several years, cranes […]

Continue reading about Sandhill Crane Breeding Season Underway (with slideshow)

Lisa Allmendinger on March 20th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) Those of us who have been feeding the birds this winter are probably used to seeing the same species over and over. But as spring nears, birds that have wintered further south are […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 13th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.) As the ice disappears on local lakes, waterfowl that spent the winter months in warmer climates are making their annual appearance. Over 20 species will be seen on area lakes in March and […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 5th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield for the information in this column. Part 1 published yesterday.) Indoors  If you haven’t planned your garden yet, don’t delay any longer. Waiting too long may mean you miss out on something you really want, because the early bird gardeners have already snapped it up. We have only […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on March 4th, 2016

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Jennifer Fairfield, owner of the Garden Mill, for the information in this column. Part 2 will run tomorrow.) That recent taste of spring really got me longing to get gardening. And I was seeing some signs of spring even before that – my daffodils were starting to stick their […]

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