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Spring Equinox

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Spring Equinox

Coming soon to a horizon near you. The vernal equinox. Don’t miss it.

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What Does Poison Ivy Look Like, Anyway?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in poison ivy, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

What Does Poison Ivy Look Like, Anyway?

Poison ivy is like a chameleon, not only changing color but shifting shape. Tough to identify, it varies dramatically with each season and in each habitat.

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Ferns: Can You Eat Fiddleheads?

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in edible, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Ferns: Can You Eat Fiddleheads?

A fiddlehead isn’t a type of fern–fiddlehead simply means a young fern. There are fiddleheads you can eat, and then there are ones you shouldn’t fiddle with.

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Spring Greens

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in edible, spring, Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Spring Greens

The thing about spring greens is that you have to catch them early. Before the flowers arrive. Once you see the flowers, it’s too late–all that tender sweetness is gone. Think of lettuce bolting. Once the plant flowers, the leaves change from a tasty, crunchy mouthful to a bitter pill to swallow.

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What Does Poison Ivy Look Like in Spring?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in leaves, plant parts, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

What Does Poison Ivy Look Like in Spring?

What does poison ivy look like in spring? A little like a traffic light—red and shiny. Poison ivy’s first leaflets are garnet red, which slowly fades to green.

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Dandelion: Sparkling Wine

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in edible, flowers, spring, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Dandelion: Sparkling Wine

Dandelion wine. “The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered.” Ray Bradbury, the great science fiction writer, was a man who knew how to appreciate summer. And he really knew how to appreciate dandelions:“A pride of lions on the lawn.” To make dandelion wine, you need the full-blown blossoms. What’s more, you have to harvest the flowers when they’re open. Since dandelion flowers close up tight on cloudy or rainy days, you have no choice but to wait for sunshine. All recipes for dandelion wine agree that you have to pick...

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