Monthly Archives: May 2018

Pollination and pollinators are important for our environment

I’d say most people have little regard for pollinators at all. They might even think the world would be better if all these critters went extinct. Bees, wasps, beetles and the like are usually not among your average person’s list … Continue reading

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Cattail pollen is a fleeting delicacy

A few years back I wrote a column about the survival uses of cattails (Typha latifolia). There are many. This time I want to focus only on cattail pollen. It has been shedding now for over a week and if … Continue reading

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Deer like flowers too

Last week I wrote about selecting trees and shrubs to minimize deer damage. This week I’ll concentrate on flowers, both annual and perennial. Deer will tear up many annual flowers. Some of their favorites are impatiens, sweet potato vine and … Continue reading

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Selecting deer resistant trees and shrubs

People ask me about this all the time. I wish I had a fool proof answer. The problem is that many factors can influence whether deer will eat shrubbery or not. White tailed deer, (Odocoileus virginianus), are beautiful and graceful, … Continue reading

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Clary Sage is an important crop in northeast North Carolina

Most folks have seen it from their vehicles.  Few likely know what it is or why it’s grown. Some might say that the flowers look like those of salvia. They’d be right. The plant in question is clary sage (Salvia … Continue reading

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How hot is that pepper?

My wife can’t tolerate any heat in her peppers at all. Even mildly hot peppers have too much fire. I’m sure she’s not alone. There are hundreds of pepper cultivars on the market and we often can’t decipher too much … Continue reading

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