Mid-Atlantic

July, 2009
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Curious about insects and plants? On Sept. 15, the Darwin Centre in London, England will open to the public. Visitors will experience millions of plants and insects emerging from eight-story Cocoon. This enormous structure will house 20 million plants and insects -- from huge tarantulas to metre-high poisonous plants. To get your free timed ticket, call 020 7942 5725 or visit London's Natural History Museum in person.

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Wand-Type Flame Weeder
The wand-type flame weeder is an efficient, non-toxic tool to remove small weeds and seedlings between bricks, paths, sidewalks, and rocks. The gas tube (about $45) is attached to a $4 propane canister. The tube's ignition button is easy to use. The canister connects to a control knob that adjusts the flame's intensity. The heat is supposed to be sufficient to kill plants. I'm just starting to learn to use this so I like to see the weeds burn to black. Doesn't seem to be effective on large weeds. Be careful and keep your distance. Dried leaves and cocoa welcome mats can catch fire if too close to the flame. Dried leaves disintegrate though so that fire stops. The cocoa mat -- well, quickly stomping out the flame worked -- this time.

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