Almost 53 percent of Americans will soon purchase a nochebuena. Although it sounds like something you’d order at a taco drive-thru, nochebuena is the name Mexican locals gave to the red-flowered plant brought to the United States in 1826 by Joel Poinsett. We call it the poinsettia.
Christmas centerpieces made from fresh evergreens are a perfect antidote for the artificial Christmas tree blues. Fresh cut greenery gives our homes the aroma of the real thing. And we don’t need to be a perky home-show media maven to construct a holiday centerpiece.
Q I am concerned that I have oak wilt spreading in my yard. My smaller oaks start out fine, but by July the leaves curl and turn brown, and it’s moving to other trees. I read an Extension office article that said the only remedy is trenching 5 feet down to separate the roots. Can you help me diagnose and remedy this problem?
Among her list of gift ideas for gardeners, Martha Stewart includes gold plated earrings hanging in the shape of string beans at a price of $150. I know Martha means well, but I’m not really a jewelry kind of guy.
My original idea for this week’s column dealt with the question “What do squash and potting soil have in common?” I planned to describe the need for investigative reporting to determine which kinds are best because there are so many different types of both squash and potting soil.
I hate to speak unkindly of anyone, but a situation needs clarifying. Jack Frost wrongly takes credit for fall foliage color when Mother Nature does all the work. Jack Frost does a nice job of nipping at your nose in nostalgic holiday tunes, but he actually shortens the fall display of colorful foliage.
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