You owe it to yourself…..

I love the beach at this time of year. Gone are the flocks of tourists, vying for parking, for the best place for their beach tent, their cooler and ample supplies, a campsite in itself. Gone is the summer heat, the layers of suntan lotion, that sticky feeling of the ocean salt on your skin, […]

You owe it to yourself I love the beach at this time of year. Gone are the flocks of tourists, vying for parking, for the best place for their beach tent, their cooler and ample supplies, a campsite in itself. Gone is the summer heat, the layers of suntan lotion, that sticky feeling of the […]

Eeeuuuu!

  If you walk your dog on a beach, I hope you are one of the many responsible dog owners with one of the best behaved dogs you’re ever seen, but it seems it only takes one or two to give dog owners a bad name. Who are few dog owners who give owners a […]

Mau mauing your garden stranglers!

Black Swallow Wort is as hard to get rid of as black flies in spring. You want to make sure none of its seed pods burst open and shower creation with zillions of possible black swallow wort babies. Those pods ripen and burst open around mid to late August here. Some use a chemical spray, […]

A killer may be lurking in your garden!

A killer may be lurking in your garden! This is no mole, vole, fungus, mold, beetle or bug. Its skinny vines can strangle your flowers, and when its pods burst open and shower your flower bed with its seeds, seize control of your garden. It’s an invasion of a plant killer brought from Europe for […]

Congratulations South Portland!

Congratulations South Portland! Have you heard? South Portland’s city council approved a first reading of a pesticide ordinance that has been debated for months by concerned South Portland citizens. Casco Bay water sampling has demonstrated that excess fertilizer and pesticide use is causing algae blooms that kill aquatic life and lead to potentially severe problems […]

The silent and itchy danger hiding in your garden

  Most of us are familiar with poison ivy and know to avoid its shiny three leaf plants and vines, but not everyone recognizes even poison ivy and knows the painful itching that can occur from contact with this plant, especially those who have never seen it. We have many visitors from Quebec here, and […]