Columns

Then & Now: Historic Hyattsville House Tour celebrates 40 years

May 17, 2019

By RANDY FLETCHER — Last month, the telltale signs of spring started to arrive. The warmth of the sun urged flowers to pop up and show off their colorful blooms. Trees and shrubs pushed out new growth. The sounds of chirping birds and the smell of freshly cut grass began to fill the air. But even [read more]

From the Editor: Not really goodbye

May 15, 2019

By KRISSI HUMBARD —Most people reflect on their lives at the end of the year, just before the new year. But for me, spring always brings reflection. After a long winter, things start to come back to life and bloom — there is new energy, a rebirth, a reawakening. As I’ve been reflecting on my [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Intro to permaculture

April 22, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda,   What is permaculture? I caught a snatch on a cable TV channel about it, and apparently it eliminates weeding and replanting. I am certainly tired of weeding! Is this too good to be true?   Lazy on Livingston Street Dear Lazy, Permaculture (“permanent” [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Salt of the Earth

March 23, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, You wrote about various kinds of salts in a column last summer, some of which are good for plants and others not. We’ve had several snowfalls this year, and I’ve seen trucks putting what looks like salt on our roads and alleyways. What kind of salt is it? Is it [read more]

Nature Nearby: Who went there? Tracking the tracks

March 20, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — The recent rains and spotty snows have provided a marvelous opportunity to see the passing activities of our furry and feathered friends. Whether in mud or snow, animals’ prints, diggings and other marks have been more obvious than they may be in drier times. Our own boot and [read more]

Zero Waste of Time: when recycling is not enough

March 20, 2019

By JULIETTE FRADIN — A few months ago, I, along with my husband and two young kids, embarked on a journey towards zero waste. It all started when I discovered that less than 10 percent of our plastic waste is actually recycled. The rest goes to landfills or is incinerated. I was totally shocked [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Scared of Scarification

February 28, 2019

Dear Miss Floribunda, I enjoyed the [Hyattsville Horticultural Society] seed sale in February and took a chance buying seeds that haven’t worked for me in the past. Generally, after some discouraging attempts at planting from seed, I’ve bought herbs and vegetables in six-packs [read more]
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