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  • Gardening: How can I get rid of the hemlock pest wooly adelgid?

    Q: I have several weeping hemlocks that have a pest, the wooly adelgid. Online, I found only vaguely limited solutions such as professional pest control to the tune of hundreds of dollars. Is there anything I can do at home? I've tried early spring spraying with dish liquid/cooking oil, some insecticidal soaps and sprays. This year the infestation appears to be worse, even spreading to my weeping pine. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.
  • On Gardening: Shrimp plants a feast for the eyes, hummingbirds

    On Gardening: Shrimp plants a feast for the eyes, hummingbirds
    Hummingbird fanatics, you must add the shrimp plant to your garden's floral menu. Your first thought might be the yellow shrimp or lollipop plant, Pachystaychus lutea. While I would say that is must have, too, the one I am touting today is known...

    For a career change, how about worm farming?

    For a career change, how about worm farming?
    Some people see worms as wriggly, slimy crawlers, but Bill Clark saw them as a second career move. "I was an [air] traffic controller at Newport News. I had done that for 30 some years and you have to retire at age 56. So I was looking for… a...

    Soil's texture as important as its fertility

    Soil's texture as important as its fertility
    Living in a region with a usually wonderful climate comes at a cost: nasty storms, torrid summers and really bad soil. It might not even be rightly called soil. It is practically inevitable that whether you garden in pots or the ground, you will need to...

    Nature's dying migrant worker

    SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, Calif. On a cool January day in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Steve Ellis culled his sick bees. The only sounds were their steady buzz and the chuffing of the smoker he used to keep them calm as he opened the hives, one...