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Best Weeding Tool?

John Richardson from Ft. Myers, Fla., emailed me today to ask about a manual tool he heard me talk about recently on the radio. I'm sure it was the Weed Hound, which grips and plucks weeds down to the root and saves bending over. The tool is available at all sorts of places on-line. Here are a few on a Google search: http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=weed+hound+tool&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=lHR_SpDVDYmiMcTO-fM ...

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How to Control Earwigs

In the Northeast of the U.S. and in much of Eastern Canada, where the excess moisture of the summer of 2009 continues to persist, earwigs can be almost as much of a problem as the slugs that posted about earlier. They probably gross people out even more. Earwigs, also known as pinchers, will appear around your home and garden randomly by day, but do their real damage at night. They really don't like sunligh ...

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A Chemical Reaction World Premiere Set

They knew the film’s general underlying story from the newspapers. They were impressed by what they saw on the screen. But when the officials of the World Film Festival of Montreal asked for the official movie credits for “A Chemical Reaction,” they couldn’t quite believe their ears. After they had selected our movie they asked for a crew list, and the answer was always the same. They asked me who was our e ...

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A Conversation With . . . Milo Shammas

INVENTOR OF DR. EARTH A Conversation with . . . Milo Lou Shammas While most 7-year-old boys would do anything to get out of weeding their mother’s gardens and most 12-year-olds would never thinking of swapping shop class for botany, Milo Lou Shammas said the allure of plants and gardening has been with him forever. In his early teens, he was already developing his own fertilizer concoctions from the fish he ...

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Friends of Casco Bay: 20 Years and Counting

I tried to take a rare day off from my own self-conceived anti-chemical rat race this past Saturday. I tuned into the results of the Beach to Beacon road race, which attracts elite runners from around the world to Cape Elizabeth, Maine. These competitors all land here at the behest of Joan Benoit Samuelson, the Maine native who hosts the event. At the end of this year's race, the other organizers staged a m ...

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Pyrethroids: More Damning Evidence Emerges

It's been almost exactly a year since a Center for Public Integrity report revealed that pyrethrins and pyrethroids were responsible for more than 26,000 human poisonings — making these compounds responsible for 26 percent of all major and moderate human incidents involving pesticides in the United States in 2007. In the past two weeks, reports coming out of the University of California Berkeley have caused ...

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Here Are Your Options with Slugs

This is slightly off the lawn topic, since slugs are not a major pest of turfgrass. Given the spring and summer we've had in the Northeast, though, the subject of what to do about slugs comes up just about every day. So what do you do? Here are a few ideas: With excess moisture slugs can appear in a moment’s notice. The absolute worst thing you can do is head to the garden center for commercially available ...

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Pesticides Harming the Bay

A new report released yesterday called on homeowners around the Chesapeake Bay to understand the consequences of common household pesticides and to reduce their use of the toxic substances. Here is the text of the release: Pesticides: The Unaddressed Bay Polluter Government and Public Urged to Tackle Chemical Threat For release Thursday July 30, 2009 Baltimore MD, 07/30/2009 – Unaddressed pesticide pollutio ...

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Wall Street Journal Report on Natural Pesticides

I'm a big fan of Wendy (or Gwendolyn) Bounds from the Wall Street Journal. I met her in July of 2007 during my first appearance on Good Morning America and we've kept in touch in the years since then. She's a huge advocate of trying anything organic in her yard. Given the fact that she's: a) from the Wall Street Journal and b) tall, blonde and beautiful, she gives those of us on the organic fringes a compel ...

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