Category Archives: general nature

In the wrong hands ATVs can be environmental menaces


I still remember seeing my first 3-wheeler ATV. It was in 1973. It could go anywhere through tight places, but it was hard to steer. You had to lean the opposite direction.  The 4-wheeled variety didn’t come on the scene … Continue reading

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Signs of summer


How do we know when it’s summer? Each locale is different, but certain sights, events or smells remind us of different seasons, and summer is no exception. For me, once I see the smoke of the wheat fields, I’m satisfied … Continue reading

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Putting up hay brings back memories


It was hot sticky dirty work. In rural areas it was also one of the few ways teenagers could earn spending money in the summer. Those who have put up hay in the heat know what I’m talking about. Baling … Continue reading

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Virginia creeper is another aggressive native vine


Last week I profiled trumpet vine, a ridiculously aggressive woody vine. This week belongs to another nemesis, and it’s also marketed as an ornamental. Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is that vine many people confuse with poison ivy. It has leaves … Continue reading

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Some native plants sound good but have huge downside


I walked around my yard recently and realized certain plants are taking over my landscaping. Most of the culprits are woody vines. Most are also native species and natives are all the rage right now. Just because a plant is … Continue reading

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Plants define our environment


I’ve lived my life in basically three different regions. My first 22 years were spent in northeast Maine. I’ve lived my last 22 years in northeast North Carolina. In between, I lived in north-central West Virginia. Certain plants endear me … Continue reading

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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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