A Toast to GMO crops!

Some bacteria have developed resistance so let’s ban all antibiotics. Electricity kills and injures people directly by electric shock, and indirectly, by black lung disease. Cars kill people, and are not “natural”. Big orange pumpkins do not occur in the wild, so they are to be avoided. Don’t take that ibuprofen! It and similar NSAIDS kill about 16,500 people annually and send over 100,000 to the hospital, if not taken as directed. Of course, most of us flip on the lights to read the instructions before dispensing antibiotics to a sick loved one, and grab some ibuprofen to ease the muscle pain caused by unloading the large pumpkin from the car. We do these kinds of things every day, with caution, but without fear. What’s my point? We weigh the good points against the bad, and make decisions that give the most benefit in spite of risks. We choose to accept the risks of driving a car and minimize them as best we can by safe driving. We have managed to minimize risk further with better ..
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A Toast to GMO crops!  by  Carol Reese

Some bacteria have developed resistance so let’s ban all antibiotics. Electricity kills and injures people directly by electric shock, and indirectly, by black lung disease. Cars kill people, and are not “natural”. Big orange pumpkins do not occur in the wild, so they are to be avoided. Don’t take that ibuprofen! It and similar NSAIDS kill about 16,500 people annually and send over 100,000 to the hospital, if not taken as directed. Of course, most of us flip on the lights to read the instructions before dispensing antibiotics to a sick loved one, and grab some ibuprofen to ease the muscle pain caused by unloading the large pumpkin from the car. We do these kinds of things every day, with caution, but without fear. What’s my point? We weigh the good points against the bad, and make decisions that give the most benefit in spite of risks. We choose to accept the risks of driving a car and minimize them as best we can by safe driving. We have managed to minimize risk further with better ..
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Ask an Arborist: How do I use Arbor Day Foundation Tree Care Products?

Ask An Arborist Tree Care Ask an Arborist: How do I use Arbor Day Foundation Tree Care Products? By Christine Hutfles | September 5, 2018 Tree care products help protect your newly planted tree from outside forces like wildlife and can reduce tree care needs such as watering. However, these products are intended to aid with tree maintenance, not replace it. Leaving products on and forgetting about them can do more harm than good to your tree. Ooze Tube and Treegator® The first products we’ll talk about are watering systems like ooze tubes and the Treegator®. These systems simplify watering by allowing you to fill a 15-gallon bag that sits around the trunk of a tree. They’re great because they do a lot of the work for you. They also promote deep root growth, eliminate water runoff, and prevent transplant and drought shock. Ask an Arborist: How do I Know if my Trees Need Water? Ooze tubes and Treegators work on a range of trees and shrubs and they’re easy to install. Sim..
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Fewer and even more appreciated: late season wonders

My potted salvia would like to take over the world. I do not have the greatest of September gardens. My urban space is more calibrated to midsummer, the time of Garden Walk, lilies, and many flowering perennials. I also love my garden in spring, when it’s taken over by tulips and other bulbs. But by this point in the season, I’ve grown weary of watering, staking, and deadheading and am beginning to appreciate the break that winter provides. That’s not to say that this time of year doesn’t provide its own lush beauty. Colocasia have grown and multiplied to provide immense sculptural canopies. Coleus are equally explosive, dwarfing their unseen pots. While some flowering annuals have given up the ghost, this is definitely salvia’s time. And, of course, a number of midsummer perennials are still providing blooms. Just one on David Austin ‘Charlotte’ Do I regret not planting Knock Outs instead of roses like this David Austin that is currently featuring one, gorgeous, fragrant bloom? I ..
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