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Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators

Protect yourself from ticks without destroying beneficial insects. Spraying pesticides to control ticks is ineffective because ticks reside primarily within leaf litter where the sprays cannot reach them, or they are brought in by animal hosts. The pesticides, however, are nonselective and will kill pollinators and other beneficial insects they come in contact with. There are much more effective ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets and still enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Inflorescence

Some plants produce solitary flowers–one flower per stem. Others produce a cluster of flowers or inflorescences. They are grouped by the arrangement of flowers on the stalk and by the sequence of anthesis, or opening of the flower bud, which occurs in two forms, determinate and indeterminate. Continue reading

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Between the Rows – May 2021 Edition

Welcome Veggie Gardeners! 
Check out this month’s Garden Guide for tips on vegetable and herb gardening. Continue reading

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PERENNIAL: Polygonatum biflorum (Smooth Solomon’s Seal)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Common in moist woods throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic, this native understory plant is noted for its graceful arching stems, dainty bell-like flowers, and conspicuous leaf veins. Continue reading

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