Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • One of the world’s wonders is passing through Paulding County
    Friday, September 9, 2022 9:56 AM
    I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love the cooling temperatures and the different feel the air has. The skies seem to be bluer, and the scent of fall is unmistakable. But I know what is to follow and of that, I am not a fan.

  • Monday, August 29, 2022 11:45 AM

    Beneficial soil fungus called mycorrhizae fungi (MF) can optimize crop yields. MF use to be abundant be MF must have a live root as a host. Plowing soil, fallow periods, and annual crops caused many beneficial MF to died off. Long fallow periods, 14-16 weeks; greatly reduce (85-98%) MF population levels while shorter fallow periods, 3-6 weeks; reduce MF populations 30-70%. Some hardy MF species survive in tilled crop land but using cover crops with a live root, can gradually increase MF populations over time (maybe 5-10 years). Inoculating a crop with MF spores speeds up the process and crops respond quickly.

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 11:17 AM
    Every summer, as we were getting our daughters ready to go back to school, we hauled the outside lounge chairs to the clearing in the middle of our back yard. Wrapping ourselves in blankets to protect ourselves from hungry mosquitoes, we plopped ourselves down, looked skyward, and waited.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2022 11:12 AM

    Once again, it’s the season for football games and back-to-school activities. And if you work for a medium-size or large employer, it will soon be open enrollment season – the time of year when you can review your employee benefits and make changes as needed. What areas should you focus on?

  • NATURE NOTES: Spring is the air with robins in their nests
    Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:39 AM

    Snow and frigid temps notwithstanding, spring is here. I know, because the calendar tells me. I know, because the sun now sets farther north than it did in winter. I know, because the ladybugs are coming out of hiding. But mostly I know, because Mama Robin is back.

  • Lucky little ladybugs
    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 4:25 PM

    In late October, I saw a sign that colder weather was in the offing. The leaves were falling steadily and piling up in the garden. I like to leave a layer of leaves there, but with so many trees, there is such a thing as too many leaves, so sometimes I remove some of the excess.

  • Responding to readers’ questions and date-nut pudding
    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 4:18 PM
    The laundry from yesterday is now up from the basement, folded and awaiting each owner to carry their stack upstairs to be put away. Next is getting supper ready.
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022 3:47 PM
    Those Were the Days for the week of January 26th.
  • On little cats' feet...
    Thursday, January 20, 2022 5:33 PM

    When the name of this column changed to Nature Notes two years ago, it was so I could write about anything related to nature, not just plants or gardens. I had pushed the limits of “garden” anyway, but now the world was my oyster. Nature encompasses so many things.

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