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What To Do If You’ve Touched Poison Ivy

Posted by on Aug 5, 2020 in poison ivy, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

What To Do If You’ve Touched Poison Ivy

What if you’ve just waded through a cluster of poison ivy? To avoid a rash, wash off the oil as soon as you can. Cold water, lots of it. Then keep it dry.

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Let’s Not Re-Open Schools; Let’s Re-think Them

Posted by on Aug 4, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Let’s Not Re-Open Schools; Let’s Re-think Them

Let’s focus on the main issue: keeping children sane and healthy while we wait for this terrible year to pass. Let’s use every park, every nature center, every green space, every urban community garden and vacant lot.

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Rachel Carson In Maine: The Salty Garden

Posted by on Jun 14, 2020 in Unmowed Authors, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Rachel Carson In Maine: The Salty Garden

At the end of her life, Rachel Carson was struggling to raise an adopted child, write a world-changing book, and battle terminal cancer, simultaneously. She didn’t have any spare time for gardening. Her backyard was the North Atlantic, and her garden was a salty one.

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Lichens: What Are They, Anyway?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 4 comments

Lichens: What Are They, Anyway?

What is a lichen, anyway? It’s actually two things, two distinct and unrelated organisms—a species of fungi and a species of algae—living harmoniously together.

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There’s Nothing More Beautiful Than a Dandelion

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

There’s Nothing More Beautiful Than a Dandelion

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Thoreau

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Do Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Do Dogs Get Poison Ivy?

Is it only us? Are we humans the only ones to get poison ivy’s dreaded skin rash? Or do other species of animals get poison ivy? When your dog chases a rabbit into the poison ivy patch, is the dog in trouble? Is the rabbit? Humans are the worst victims of the sneaky three-leaved plant, and as far as I’ve been able to discover, humans are the only species to have such an extreme dermatitis reaction. I suppose it’s possible that penguins or goldfish are highly sensitive to poison ivy, too, but this seems to be an area of science that is amazingly under-researched. In unusual...

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