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The holiday season in the high-tech era


All the children were happy to be out of school. It’s probably a good thing that most folks have unlimited minutes and data plans. I remember the bag phone days when each minute cost about 50 cents whether you made … Continue reading

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Writing spiders are spinning their webs everywhere


I’ve always called them writing spiders or yellow and black garden spiders. Other names this arachnid goes by are the banana spider, the zipper spider, the black and yellow Argiope, and the golden orb-weaver. They’re called writing spiders because of … Continue reading

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Viburnums are underused native landscape shrubs


Last week I discussed hydrangeas. This week I feel it is only appropriate that I cover viburnums. Many people confuse these two groups of shrubs since they have many similar features. There are numerous different species of both, but far … Continue reading

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Industrial hemp is a potentially lucrative crop for eastern North Carolina


I’ve been tempted to write about this one for a while. I get asked about it all the time, and there seems to be so much confusion concerning it. Hemp is the same species as marijuana (Cannabis sativa), but it … Continue reading

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Sunflowers are a symbol of summer


We don’t grow many sunflowers commercially in this part of the country, but they are one of our most recognizable flowers. Many folks grow them on a small scale. There are so many reasons to grow sunflowers. They are beautiful, … Continue reading

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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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