No cleaning supplies?
The Family Handyman offers these unconventional cleaning ideas:
-- Slip a piece of foam pipe insulation over the tines of a garden rake to create a squeegee for floor cleaning.To read more or comment...
Bad news for all of you who are patiently waiting for your tomatoes to ripen: Late blight is back.
The fungal disease can hit this time of year when the weather turns cool and either wet or very humid. And guess what we’ve had lately? Cool temperatures and wet conditions.
Ohio State University Extension’s Erik Draper found the fungus, Phytophtora infestans, on tomatoes in western Trumbull County, he reported in this week’s Buckeye Yard & Garden Line e-newsletter. He’s concerned that Northeast Ohio is poised for an outbreak.
If you want to save your tomatoes -- or your potatoes, which are also vulnerable -- now’s the time to treat them with a fungicide containing chlorothalanil or copper. Chlorothalanil is more effective against late blight, but if you grow organically, copper is your only option.To read more or comment...
My tan has faded, but my memories of a week on the Jersey Shore have not.
My longtime readers know that I've been vacationing on Long Beach Island, N.J., with my extended family for more than 40 years. I spent a week there earlier this month and am just now getting used to reality after seven days of sunning, overeating and gossiping with my cousins.
Every morning my husband and I took a bike ride (me on the fab pink coaster bike I rented), and this year I shot photos along the way of things that caught my eye, most of them related to home design and gardening.
So put on your flipflops, grab a glass of lemonade and enjoy.To read more or comment...
Maybe you've noticed little black spots appearing on your home's siding, your car or other surfaces around your house. That's the unfortunate result of shotgun fungus (also called artillery fungus), which often grows on decaying wood mulch and shoots tarry spores that are almost impossible to remove.
It's the time of year when those spots start making their unwelcome appearance, the Ohio State University Extension reports in the latest issue of its Buckeye Yard and Garden Line e-newsletter.
No fungicides are known to be effective in controlling the fungus, but the extension says you can reduce the problem with these practices:
Plant pathologist Donald Davis at Penn State University has a website devoted to artillery fungus with lots of good information, including methods for removing the spots. In addition, Ohio State has a fact sheet that addresses shotgun fungus and other problematic molds and fungi associated with mulch and compost.To read more or comment...
You've probably heard about the problems caused by garlic mustard, zebra mussels and emerald ash borer.
Now Ohio can add another troubling invasive species to its list:
Yep. Feral swine have made their way to the Buckeye State.To read more or comment...