lawn and garden

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Rabbit pest control? I’m going cwazy!

Rabbit pest control? I’m going cwazy!

Effective rabbit pest control — how to keep rabbits out of the garden — is a maddening quest that’s rapidly turning me into a cartoon. Visions of rabbit extermination have started taking over my dreams, and my days are spent shopping for increasingly ridiculous wild rabbit control solutions.

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Earthworms & vermiculture grow in Union Grove, Wisconsin

Earthworms & vermiculture grow in Union Grove, Wisconsin

Perhaps you have heard that worm castings (a.k.a. worm manure or worm humus, the digestive waste produced by earthworms) might be the finest organic fertilizer on earth. Possibly, you read somewhere that earthworms can be raised for this purpose — and also to supply...

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Japanese Beetle control: Grubs in lawn

Japanese Beetle control: Grubs in lawn

We first saw a Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) in our Racine, Wisconsin backyard a few years ago. They were devouring our rose bush. So, after reading about the use of geraniums as a trap crop (since geraniums are toxic to Japanese beetles), we planted a geranium...

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Hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe)

Hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe)

Watch this video in full-screen, 720p mode. The Hummingbird Moth is difficult to see at first, but it comes closer during the second minute of the clip. The first time I saw one of these, my mind briefly went into a strange Twilight Zone mode because I couldn't place...

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Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

Pictured here is the original idea — purple Liatris spicata spikes paired against orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) blossoms in one of our backyard flower beds. Both attract butterflies, both are easy-to-grow perennials, and both have similar tight flower...

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Leaf collection? Mulch leaves into lawn, garden beds

Leaf collection? Mulch leaves into lawn, garden beds

Fall leaf collection is very peculiar here in Racine, Wisconsin. People rake or blow their leaves into rough piles in the street which sit there for days or weeks. At some point, a front-end loader may or may not come by to scoop the leaves into a garbage truck....

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Hang On Little Tomato

Hang On Little Tomato

Today's photo — after astonishing rains, with more on the way — is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this rain pour down I'm gonna drown In a sea Of deep confusion...

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‘A Man Named Pearl’: Pearl Fryar’s topiary garden

‘A Man Named Pearl’: Pearl Fryar’s topiary garden

We watched a warm and inspiring movie last night. A Man Named Pearl (trailer above) is a 2006 documentary film by Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson centered on one astonishing yard on the outskirts of Bishopville, South Carolina. The owner, Pearl Fryar, was born in...

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Red Jewel Crabapple tree, iced

Red Jewel Crabapple tree, iced

Racine, Wisconsin — A Red Jewel Crabapple tree (Malus x 'Red Jewel') covered with hoar frost on a cold Wisconsin morning. This crabapple tree is one of a pair planted as part of the City of Racine's Street Tree Planting...

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Taylor Juniper bushes: Backyard evergreen hedge

Taylor Juniper bushes: Backyard evergreen hedge

 Pictured above is our neighbor's fence at the edge of our backyard. It's six feet tall. When we bought our house, there were old and gnarly shrubs hiding the fence — a mundane and invasive honeysuckle, a feeble forsythia, a wild weigela. While the weigela did...

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Snow! Bring back Indian summer

Our local forecast: This afternoon: Flurries and areas of blowing snow before 3pm, then areas of blowing snow after 3pm. Tonight: Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Sunday night: New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Monday night: New snow accumulation of...

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Summer 2007 update: Long time no post

Summer 2007 update: Long time no post

Greetings from my air-conditioned bunker as summer 2007 clatters apart overhead like an unbalanced engine. Amy's at work, I'm on hiatus, and out in the backyard the heat and humidity are mounting over the soggy vegetation — a prelude to an afternoon forecast of...

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Backyard gardening: Playing in the dirt

Backyard gardening: Playing in the dirt

It will yield you brambles and thistles, as you eat the produce of the land. By the sweat of your face will you earn your food, until you return to the ground. as you were taken from it. — Genesis 3:18-19, The New Jerusalem Bible We've been spending a lot of time on...

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Earthworms eat dead vegetation, improve the soil

Earthworms eat dead vegetation, improve the soil

Today, our yard is under about a foot of snow and the temperature this morning was 7°F. A week ago, I mowed the lawn wearing a T-shirt. It wasn't so much that the grass needed cutting, although it was green and growing a little. It was just that I wanted to mulch up...

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Tomato hornworm caterpillar? No, tobacco hornworm

Tomato hornworm caterpillar? No, tobacco hornworm

As detailed here in the past, we'd like to keep our yard organic and hopping with life — food plants, flowers, birds, butterflies, earthworms, shrubs, trees. We're not using chemical fertilizers, weed killers, or pesticides. We are using compost, cow manure,...

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Tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta)

Tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta)

Racine, Wisconsin — A tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta, often confused with the tomato hornworm caterpillar) is seen devouring tomato plants in our backyard. As is detailed in our blog, when we first spotted this...

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Yew shrubs: Toxic taxus, poisonous plants?

Yew shrubs: Toxic taxus, poisonous plants?

Yews. We had them at all three of my parents' houses when I was growing up, and there they were again when we were buying our own house — two big ones along the foundation in the back, and some smaller ones at the foundation in front. I had always referred to them as...

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We are gardeners, and it is good

We are gardeners, and it is good

 Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden, which is in the east, and there he put the man he had fashioned. From the soil, Yahweh God caused to grow every kind of tree, enticing to look at and good to eat, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden, and the tree of...

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Creeping Charlie (ground ivy, Glechoma hederacea)

Creeping Charlie (ground ivy, Glechoma hederacea)

"Every minute I stay in this room I get weaker. And every minute Charlie squats in the bush he gets stronger." — Capt. Benjamin L. Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979)   When we moved here at the end of last August, the drought had baked the lawn pretty well, and it...

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Birding: Backyard birds in Racine, Wisconsin

Birding: Backyard birds in Racine, Wisconsin

We have been feeding birds for years, but moving has made a huge difference in the variety of birds that visit us. The apartment in Kenosha was a second-floor flat. We hung feeders outside a couple of windows which attracted mostly House Sparrows and some House...

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