Tom Clothier's Garden Walk and Talk
Tom Clothier's Garden Walk and Talk provides timely detailed help for would-be seed starters, plus lots of fine winter reading. The precise seed germination information is what makes this site so incredibly useful and one I refer to again and again, but for whatever reason during my most recent visit I particularly enjoyed guest author Bob Stewart's piece "How Molehills Became Mountains." Must be the winter cabin fever setting in. Enjoy!
Imported Pine Cone Recall
Check Your Pine Cones! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced a national recall on pine cones originating in India. Recently these imported pine cones have been found to contain serious quarantine pests. The infested pine cones were sold singly and in potpourri (either boxed or bagged). They have been found in Frank's Nursery, K-mart, Target, Walmart, JoAnn's Fabrics, Lowe's, Dollar Tree, and Safeway stores nationwide. UPC codes for the recalled items are listed at
Store managers and consumers concerned about possible infestation should check for exit holes in the cone, a sawdust-like material called frass, or egg sacs in the crevices between the scales of the pine cones.
Infested pine cones should either be frozen (place in a freezer for 2 days to kill the pests) or double bagged, tied securely, and disposed of in the trash.