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How To Get Poison Ivy

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

How To Get Poison Ivy

Just how does this little green leaf work its devastation on the human race? Many people swear that they’ve gotten poison ivy simply by walking past it. Not so.

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Dandelion: Swine’s Snout and Witches’ Milk

Posted by on Apr 10, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Dandelion: Swine’s Snout and Witches’ Milk

The witch who used swine’s snout in a magical brew may really have been a skilled herbal healer: swine’s-snout is another of the many aliases of dandelions, from the snub-nosed shape of the closed seedhead.

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Mud Season

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 2 comments

Mud Season

Turns out mud puddles have all sorts of uses. They’re swimming pool, bathtub, drinking fountain and construction site for dozens of species of wildlife.

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Why I Waste Time on Social Media

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Why I Waste Time on Social Media

It’s tempting to say, ah, it’s all a load of nonsense and skip social media altogether. But in today’s world people of good will all need to speak up. Speak up, and stand up for truth and reason, in any way we can.

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Branching Out

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020 in leaves, Unmowed Blog | 3 comments

Branching Out

The branching pattern of this tree—of any tree—is beautiful, complex, and anything but accidental. There’s a reason for every twist and turn in every smallest twig. It’s all driven by the search for sunlight.

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Winter Solstice: Coming Soon to a Horizon Near You

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Unmowed Blog | 4 comments

Winter Solstice: Coming Soon to a Horizon Near You

What is a solstice? It’s the darkest part of winter. Yet paradoxically, it’s a time to celebrate warmth, and light, and life. A holiday for everyone, all welcome, no religion necessary. It’s just about the planet we all live on, tilting to and fro on its long journey around the sun. It’s when the days start getting longer. And the solstice is also a precise moment in time. This year, the solstice falls on December 21, at 11:19 p.m. Set your alarm. Why mark this moment? It’s the tipping point between light and darkness. Why 11:19 and not 11:18 or 11:20? Well, it’s the precise instant at which...

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