Monthly Archives: January 2015

Cloching lets you enjoy your vegetable garden longer


I guess we always want what we don’t have. When I was living in Maine I wanted to grow crops that wouldn’t quite make it there. Our sandy loam soils were great for cucumbers, squash and pumpkins, but we had … Continue reading

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Wild strawberries


In late spring local strawberries are on the shelves of area grocery stores. Mine usually produce pretty well too. For small fruit lovers this is a great time of the year. Strawberries aren’t really berries though. Berries have their seeds on … Continue reading

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It’s usually important to watch your spelling – Don’t lose a letter


Sometimes one letter can make a world of difference. Take the Yucca plant (Yucca filamentosa) for example. It is a common landscape plant for dry areas. You see it a lot in old cemeteries.  Some confuse it with the yuca, … Continue reading

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Loquat – A prolific subtropical fruit


Back in mid-June of 2013 I took several students on a plant identification outing to prepare them for competition. Loquats weren’t on the list of plants they needed to learn, but the kids were attracted to them. Fruits were at … Continue reading

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Sometimes I wonder how people come up with crazy plant names


A common garden and lawn weed in the Southeastern US is Asiatic false hawksbeard (Youngia japonica). That’s a pretty unusual name considering hawks don’t even have beards. I honestly can’t begin to understand that one. Numerous plants have crazy names … Continue reading

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Shiny cudweed and rabbit tobacco: Weird names, same plant


I wandered my yard on Thanksgiving Day and found the most obvious plants still green and growing I’d already featured in this column. Then I noticed a low growing annual herb that had to join the rest. I smiled since … Continue reading

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Aromatic tree from down under


I recently pruned my eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus polyanthemos) at school. It has grown into a gorgeous specimen in the last ten years or so. Several times I’ve been tempted to buy a stuffed koala to stick in its branches and … Continue reading

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