Category Archives: general nature

Homemade sauerkraut is hard to beat


Local cabbage fields are nearing harvest or have already been cut. Many would have been harvested sooner  if fields hadn’t been so wet. I always look forward to fresh cabbage. It’s so versatile. One of my favorite cabbage dishes is … Continue reading

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We should encourage native pollinators and native plant species


The European honey bee is perhaps agriculture’s most important pollinator. Its greatest importance is that we derive honey from it. Honey production is a multibillion dollar industry. There are no native honey bees. The varroa mite nearly wiped out honey … Continue reading

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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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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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Flowers have critical temperature requirements, too


Last week I discussed temperature requirements for different vegetable crops. Flowers are not all the same either. Some hardy annuals like pansies are usually planted in the fall around here. They tolerate cold soils and temperatures below freezing. Snapdragons aren’t … Continue reading

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Bridal veil spiraea is a showy shrub that handles cold


Bridal veil spiraea (Spiraea prunifolia) is one of my favorite spring flowering shrubs and it will thrive when winter temperatures dip into the -30s. The most common type of these white spring flowering shrubs is usually referred to as Vanhoutte … Continue reading

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