Crab Cakes with Avocado Salsa 

16 ounces crabmeat
� tsp pepper
� tsp dried thyme
� tsp salt
� tsp Tabasco sauce
2 Tablespoons chives
6 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
Peanut oil for frying

Avocado salsa

1 ripe tomato, seeded and chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
� tsp pepper
� tsp salt
3 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons peanut oil
1 Tablespoon chopped chives for garnish

In a bowl, mix crabmeat, pepper, thyme, chives, Tabasco, salt and mayonnaise. Add breadcrumbs and toss lightly. Form the mixture into 6 hamburger size patties. 
In a large skillet, heat the oil. When hot, place the patties in the skillet and saut� over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. While patties are cooking make the Avocado salsa by mixing all ingredients together. Place salsa on individual plates, place patty on top, serve hot. 




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Create a Wildlife Tree


When faced with the prospect of a large tree removal, why not consider making it a wildlife tree? A wildlife tree (or snag, as it is sometimes called) is simply a standing dead tree retained for habitat. In areas of human activity, these trees are reduced in size so they do not pose a risk as they decay. We are so conditioned to manicure and highly manage landscapes that we sometimes overlook the importance of dead wood in a functioning forest ecosystem. In fact, for some forest wildlife, wood only becomes valuable after death. 

A skilled and talented arborist shaped this standing dead tree
into a stunning sculpture.



Dead wood provides more to wildlife than just sculpted homes for owls and chickadees. Crevices formed between the trunk of a dead tree and the peeling bark provide protection from the sun for bats and amphibians. Branches free of leaves serve as perches for birds of prey to view movements of small animals below. Decaying wood is home to fungi, slugs, snails, and millipedes which need to stay busy, pulling trees apart. They in turn are food for birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. In addition, dead wood stores carbon which is sustainable in the era of climate change.

Every so often, it's nice to see a woodpecker peeking out of its tree hole, or a soft pad of moss on a dying tree, turning gold in the rain.  

Progressive cities understand the value of wildlife trees. Shoppers stop to have their picture taken by a wildlife tree created in downtown Kent Connecticut.



Decorative vines can be grown on wildlife trees for more habitat and color.


Do Not Disturb


One of the great joys in gardening is moving perennials around, finding a perfect placement that makes them grow and be happy. Perennials that are in a poor spot or dying a slow death suddenly have a new lease on life. I also like to move them around to find a better color or texture combination with other plants and shrubs.


Some plants, however, are not designed to move or to be moved, and in fact they will normally resist it. It's just not in their nature. As a result, they often die anyway. These plants usually have long tap roots or easily broken roots. Think long and hard about placing these perennials in the garden because once there, they should probably be left alone: 


(Cimicifuga racemosa)


Butterfly Weed
(Asclepias tuberosa)


False Indigo
(Baptisia australis)


(Hellebores orientallis)


(Paeonia hybrids)


Russian Sage
(Perovskia atriplicifolia)




Bleeding Heart
Lamprocapnos spectabilis) 

LATE August is when most people look at their garden, and want to throw in the trowel.
That joyful, "anything is possible" spring vision has succumbed to the reality of not enough sun for the tomatoes, too much shade for the roses, and not enough room for the grasses. But it's the perfect time for moving perennials around for their foliage, their sun needs and how they go with other plants. For now, I am done moving plants around till next year, I'm really done. That is until I spot something that isn't quite working.

For more information on dividing perennials


Thanks for reading. Happy Planting!  


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