Natural Succession

by Philip Fry One of the main differences between colonial and habitat gardening is the approach taken to the ecological process of natural succession, the...

Darkness, Light, and the Canada Columbine

by Philip Fry Darkness has once again spread over our Province. With 16.8 percent of eligible voters claiming a majority government, the illusions we might...

Billowy stands of an Invisible Invasive

by Fred Schueler, Fragile Inheritance Natural History In June, 2009, the vegetation around a small pond we had dug in 1983, formerly dominated by Meadowsweet...

The restorative potential of the Ferguson Forestry Centre

by Philip Fry A reader recently wrote to me about her property, asking for suggestions about what might be done to clean, restore, and plant...

A New Year’s Agenda for Environmental Adaptation

by Philip Fry I was spurred to begin this column by the October 2021 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a survey...

Mulches and Woodland Blue Phlox

By Philip Fry In my last column, I discussed the soil profile of an undisturbed site. The top layer, generally labelled “O,” is composed of...

Natural Succession, part 2

by Philip Fry Natural succession does not proceed in a straight timeline from a disturbance to a stable climax habitat community, nor does it do...

Soil, Landscape, and Reconciliation

submitted by Philip Fry Not long after “CO2 Down to Earth 2” appeared in the NGT, I dropped in to see friends who live just...

Working to Enhance Our Habitat

by Philip Fry Not long after my last contribution to this column, I received an email message questioning my purposes. I was asked: “What is...

South Mountain Fair and Biodiversity

by Philip Fry The other day, my daughter Rachel brought me to the pigeon display at the South Mountain Fair as a special birthday present....