May, 2011
Regional Report

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The Perils of Prenatal Pesticide Exposure

National News

More and more evidence is accumulating on the harmful effects of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemical hazards, especially on the health and development of our children. Three recently...

Don't Reach Back

Are you one of those shoppers who reach into the back recesses of the produce display hoping to find the freshest salad greens with the latest expiration date? Well, it turns out that grabbing...

Blueberries against Breast Cancer?

Can the fruits you eat while pregnant have a beneficial effect on your children years into their lives? That's the question that Rosalia Simmen and co-investigators at the Arkansas Children's...

Suburban Lead

Common wisdom had it that gardeners growing plants in urban areas are the ones who need to be worrying about high levels of lead and other heavy metals in their soils. But some recent research by...

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In the Garden


Lessening Lesser Celandine

Most of us gardeners like a challenge. We'll turn that gravel slope into an awesome alpine rock garden or a muddy hole into an environmentally beneficial rain garden. Removing invasive, tuberous plants such as lesser celandine, goutweed, and Japanese...
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Favorite or New Plant

Bloomerang Purple Lilac What a treat to see and smell the lovely spring flower clusters on this compact lilac these last...

Web Finds

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Exotic Plant Tutorial For those interested in identifying and understanding how to control invasive species such as...
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Regional Reminders

  • Remove Weeds Before Mulching
  • Train the Hired Help
  • Create Beds for Miscellaneous Plants
  • Check Last Year's Mulch Before Buying More
  • Deadhead Pansies

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