Monthly Archives: June 2019

Controversy about GMO crops never seems to go away


We’re all familiar with the term GMO, and many have already made up their minds about these crops. Unfortunately, most people don’t really know how they were developed or how they are different from any other commodity. That doesn’t stop … Continue reading

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Jimsonweed is another poisonous plant in the potato family


Last week I wrote about angel trumpet, an ornamental plant in the potato family. Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) is a very close relative and a weedy plant some people think is attractive enough to be used that way. In fact, numerous … Continue reading

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Angel trumpets love the summer heat


  We’ve had some beastly hot weather recently, and many landscape plants are suffering. One that isn’t is angel trumpet (Brugmansia sp.), a member of the potato family. Angel trumpet plants grow to the size of a large shrub, but … Continue reading

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Elephant ears make an interesting addition to your garden bed


Elephant ears (Colocasia sp.) are that plant with the huge heart-shaped leaves that look like they belong in a tropical rainforest. That’s probably because they do. They are native to Southeast Asia. These peace lily and caladium relatives are one … Continue reading

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