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Friday, September 1, 2006


"Hurry up, it's after eight o'clock," I call to my husband. "Forget the toast, we'll get one of those delicious goodies at the Farmers Market to have later in the morning with a second cup of coffee when we get back home." ...more

Dear Ms. Saylor,
I have appreciated your columns of late, primarily because I am very new to gardening. I find that I am at a loss in regard to the poison ivy menace. I have gone to Google and read many articles on identifying the culprit, but none explain in detail how to get rid of the poisonous weed, especially if you have children or dogs that roam the grounds. I need to know how to deal with this as I progress in this area of the garden. I am covered with long sleeves, gloves, long pants, socks and boots as I work; however, to date, I have not touched the weed.

"Leaves of three, leave them be." You have a very good question, Barbara, because poison ivy is nasty stuff and there are many ways to get it out of the garden. I am highly allergic to poison ivy and want it eliminated from my yard. It still lurks in pockets along the edges of the wild places in my yard despite 20+ years of trying to get rid of it. ...more

Name: The Virginia Meadow Beauty is Rhexia virginica, a wayward member of the Melastome family — most of the family has stayed in tropical or sub-tropical climes. The exception is the genus Rhexia which is considered native to North America. Of the six Rhexia species in the east, Rhexia virginica is the most common. ...more

Living in New Hampshire for the first 41 years of my life, I had never even heard of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC). Now that I have officially transplanted myself in Carlisle, I can't go anywhere without spotting one of their brightly colored shirts donned by a bicyclist zipping along the road. Last year, I was unable to complete the 2005 ride because ...more

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