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    Elderberry: A Magic Wand for Colds?

    There appears to be a measurable benefit (compared to placebo) to taking elderberry during the flu, but elderberries have a surprising history with humanity.

    Sparkling Water: Pesticide Panic?

    Linalool is indeed used in insecticides, but looks (and smells) can be deceiving with this plant derived chemical.

    Wasp Control for Lawns

    Ground nesting wasps can be quite the annoyance in late summer. Knowing when and how to control is key.

    Conifer Madness

    Thirty five to forty percent of my service calls deal with trees, and the vast majority of those calls consist of evergreens that often do not live up to their name.

    Creeping Charlie: A Tangled History With Hops

    Considered a garden weed, few people know the old brewing uses of Creeping Charlie and its long lost rivalry with hops.

    Neem: A Pesticide That Is Also a Toothpaste!

    Neem bark and seeds were traditionally used not only as an insecticide, but also as a tonic to treat human aliments such as leprosy, tooth decay, or malaria.

    Vinegar and Epsom Salt as Herbicides

    Spreading Epsom salt to combat weeds is dubious at best. However, horticulture vinegar (properly applied) can be effective at weed control in certain situations, particularly in organic vegetable production.

    Saffron Production in Minnesota?

    Growing saffron in a high tunnel can be done, perhaps even profitably according to new research by the University of Vermont.
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