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You probably shouldn’t listen to me. Whatever I said before about July sowings of zinnias coming into bloom within weeks might be true, but I can show you no evidence to support it. At the … more
My plan today was to entertain you with a litany of disappointments. Ways my garden—I—failed this year. And I will. But after taking a long overdue walk around (whenever the sun becomes a … more
You already know I’m not a killer. I let aphids feast on my rosebuds, I shoo mosquitoes unless I feel unfairly plagued, I don’t hate wasps, and I try to redirect ants’ marches … more
Bristol's designation as a Tree City USA reflects the impressive canopy that shades much of the town and town's efforts to protect the variety of trees that line the town's streets. The canopy got … more
I had a friendly debate the other day with a fellow professional gardener that might have devolved into a heated argument if I hadn’t capitulated. We were talking about one of my favorite … more
One of my earliest horticultural memories falls on a perfect June day at the beginning of strawberry season. I remember lying belly down, feet windshield-wipering, eating wild strawberries plucked … more
Whenever friends ask me about my garden I tend to respond with deprecation and complaint. I might say it’s dry as a bone (despite the rain); there are more weeds the size of semis with taproots … more
The winter moth scourge is ravaging area trees this spring but birds are coming to the rescue. Steve Johnson of Little Compton took this picture of a boat-tailed grackle with an overflowing mouthful … more
At a certain point during the mania of spring I begin to feel very conflicted about summer. I can’t resist looking forward to my August vacation with the impatient ardor of bone-deep … more
If you have been reading this column for more than a month or two you know my greatest garden goal is to eradicate what’s left of the lawn. So unless I’ve confessed this before and … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.