Monthly Archives: June 2015

School’s out but learning must not stop


It’s now mid June and the kids are out of school, but that doesn’t mean we stop pushing them. Whether they’re your children or grandchildren, spend some time with them and put them in situations where they have to think. … Continue reading

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Yellow nutsedge is a noxious weed but it has real potential


Yellow nutsedge is one of the most despised weeds of our flower and vegetable gardens. Eradicating it from your property is almost impossible. Pull it all out and more plants show up within days. Most people refer to it as … Continue reading

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Catalpas are interesting native trees with many uses.


The catalpas are blooming in my neighborhood. They’re those big leaved trees with the clusters of white orchid-like flowers. In fall they sport long cigar-like pods which sometimes grow two feet long. Some people even call them cigar trees. The … Continue reading

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Let’s show tolerance for the peaceful black rat snake


Everyone has heard the saying that the only good snake is a dead snake. I understand people’s fears of reptiles in general and snakes in particular, but this one is rarely a problem. Black rat snakes have far more upside … Continue reading

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Once you spot spurweed it’s usually too late to stop it


It’s now the season to take barefoot walks in the yard. In many cases that can be painful due to a tiny lawn pest called spurweed. It has a lacy almost fernlike appearance and it is often less than an … Continue reading

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Fig buttercups are another beautiful but invasive p


Last week I discussed plants that can be loved by some and hated by others. I never mentioned fig buttercup, also known as the lesser celandine or pilewort. It is a low growing perennial that makes its growth in the … Continue reading

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When it comes to plants one’s trash is another’s treasure


A weed to one person can be a beautiful flower or table delicacy to someone else. I can think of numerous plants that fit that bill. It seems every season of the year is full of examples. Sometimes we even … Continue reading

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