Monthly Archives: August 2013

Monthly Archives: August 2013

Thanks to the Woodpeckers and Nut Hatches

Posted on by weedpatchgazette in Birds, Bugs & Butterflies, Conservation and Ecology, Environmental Protection, Plants | 2 Comments

Have you all seen this Wall Street Journal article? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323446404579011172323705040.html?KEYWORDS=ash+trees#articleTabs%3Darticle May they eat and eat and eat until the Emerald Ash Borer stops its rampage through the Midwest.##

Buy a Hosta, Build a Future

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Saturday, August 24, 9am-4pm Hosta Sale.  Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, IL, will have several hundred varieties of hostas for sale to benefit Heifer International. All hostas are $5.00 and up. Heifer International (HI) is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the earth. HI provides livestock, trees, training, and other resources to help struggling families build sustainable futures. The recipients of the animals must ‘pass on the gift’ of the first …

Do you use Gmail?

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Attention, Weedpatch readers. Gmail has decided to make our lives easier, which means they’ve created a new “time waster” to our lives. Please check to see if my email alerts to new posts has ended up in the “Promotions Tab” on gmail, rather than the “Primary Tab”… Ugh. Here’s how to check: http://kb.mailchimp.com/article/how-do-i-get-my-emails-to-the-primary-tab-in-gmail I do hope you are enjoying the Weedpatch Gazette and that you will recommend subscribing to everyone you ever met. My ego really really wants more readers, …

Do Deer Like Milkweed?

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“Do Deer Like Milkweed”? This is a query received from a Weedpatch reader named Patti S. I LOVE questions from readers because finding answers is my way of avoiding working on any essential tasks (like earning money or calling the health insurance company). Very oddly, the question reminded me that I had recently bought a used book, The Hidden Life of Deer, by naturalist/anthropologist, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, but had not yet read it. So, now’s the time, right? Honest to …

Got Milkweed?

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If you are reading this, doubtless you know the Golden Rule of Biodiversity: plant milkweed. Please. No, I take back the “please”. Just do it. Even if you garden on only a balcony, grow some milkweed in a clay pot. However you manage it (ie “float” its diaphanous seed in the parkway or the alley), be a guerrilla biodiversifier and…plant milkweed. You know why I am pushy about this plant: because its leaves are the only thing that Monarch butterflies …