Monthly Archives: November 2017

Carob makes a great substitute for chocoholics


Nearly 40 years ago I began experimenting with carob. My reasoning wasn’t that it might be more nutritious. I didn’t even care that it contained no fat or caffeine. It was cheaper and I didn’t waste money. I’ve always liked … Continue reading

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Clear-cutting is an important strategy for forestry management


It seems most folks are put off by clearcutting. Their emotions tell them that what may look unsightly is also unhealthy. In some cases they might be right, but there are reasons some places are harvested that way. The species … Continue reading

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Ragweed can be more than a fall problem


A few days ago I overheard someone complaining about goldenrod causing her allergies. I wanted to say something but felt it was prudent to keep my mouth shut. Uninvited conversations seldom end well. The truth is that goldenrod has very … Continue reading

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Field bindweed and morning glory are pretty weeds that destroy ecosystems


Both have beautiful petunia-like flowers. Both are aggressive vines. Both are in the sweet potato family. Both are a menace in crop fields, and both invade non-crop areas. Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) is perennial and morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea and … Continue reading

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