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Zero Waste of Time: Zero Waste entertaining this summer

June 14, 2019

By Juliette Fradin — Easier than it sounds, cheaper than you think Summertime is often a busy season filled with sunshine and the company of good friends. Your favorite warm weather moments might include picnics, outdoor concerts, farmers markets, backyard parties or warm nights on the porch with [read more]

Nature Nearby: Fireflies light up our nights

May 17, 2019

By FRED SEITZ — On a warm evening a few weeks ago, my wife and I walked down to Magruder Park in hopes of seeing the Lyrid meteor shower, which occurs every year in April. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy, plus local light pollution prevented us from seeing the meteors. (The Lyrids were [read more]

Nature Nearby: Music of the Night

September 24, 2018

By FRED SEITZ — It’s hard to miss the daytime and evening melodies of our local insects, including an assortment of grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and cicadas. These orthopterans (the first three) and hemipterans (the last one) grab our attention from tree limbs, fields and sometimes our [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Tomato trouble

August 15, 2018

Dear Miss Floribunda, Last spring I found a full compost bin in the backyard of the house we bought in Hyattsville, so my husband and I started our first vegetable patch. Beans, squash and corn are doing well, but the tomatoes not so good. The plants themselves are large, but we didn’t see [read more]
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