The Middlebury Landscape

September 21, 2017

An Early Fall

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:47 pm  Tagged , ,

It’s not your imagination, the leaves are turning early this year. The reason will seem a little odd, but an understanding of a tree’s relation to time helps. I feel for scientists that have trouble explaining the concept of time. We are lineal creatures, stuck watching time pass from one year to the next. As […]

September 28, 2015

Continued Drought, and some hope

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 5:29 pm  Tagged ,

The drought continues here on campus, and in the broader Champlain Valley. Our last rainfall was .4″, and after transplanting a tree afterword I saw the ground had only gotten moist about 1″ down-powder dry soil beneath. I forget where I found them (probably Lifehacker), but some recent pictures of the US taken by the Gravity […]

September 13, 2015

Drought Stress

Filed under: Landscape,Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:13 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Our barely green lawns across campus belie a hard fact this summer-it’s been dry. Very, very dry. Funny, considering how wet it was in late spring, when it was almost too wet to do anything outside. The High Plains Regional Climate Center (kick ass website for weather geeks!) maps show we have 25% of the normal […]

July 24, 2012

Watering

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 5:46 pm  Tagged , , , , , ,

Pick up any plant biology book, and they consistently list the three macro nutrients all plants need as N, P, and K, the chemical symbols for Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus. But really, what we share with plants is a need for ‘macro’ macro nutrients, something so profoundly necessary that the books don’t even feel the […]

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