Joe Urbach

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Vegetable Gardening in Drought Conditions – Part 2

Drought. A chilling term for a period of less than average rainfall, usually accompanied by times of hot, dry, and often windy conditions. It is enough to drive any gardener stark raving mad. That is, of course, unless you have knowledge of some simple drought gardening techniques. In the first installment of this series, I […]

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Would a Vegetarian Eat a Carnivorous Plant?

Meat-eating plants have captured the imagination of many writers and filmmakers. One of the more well-known carnivorous plant stories is Little Shop of Horrors, which was originally filmed in 1960, then made into a Broadway musical, with a second Hollywood release in 1986. This comedy/musical/horror film tells the story of a florist clerk who discovers […]

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Chipmunks – Cute Critters or Rotten Pests?

I always thought of chipmunks as nothing more than cute little furry forest friends. I would see them running around all the time and since they had never touched my plants or tunneled into my garden I never really gave them too much thought. So I suppose you could say I liked them and had […]

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Promiscuous Plants and the Pollinators they Tantalize

Plants live to have sex, just like us! Pollination, the transfer of pollen from male to female reproductive parts of a flower, can be carried out by insects, by animals like birds and bats, or just by a gentle breeze in the air. Pollination by insects is essential for the production of fruit by many […]

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NASA’s Favorite House Plants for Space Stations and You

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, its five year mission… With those now famous words, every episode of Star Trek began its weekly story. The show envisioned an incredible future with humans traveling to the limits of the universe. They had fancy communicators, which some 40-odd years later actually […]

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5 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Fresh Eggs

For some 40 years I had never eaten a fresh egg! Does that sound crazy to you? Looking back on it, it sure sounds crazy to me. Naturally I had eaten fresh eggs from the grocery store but never a fresh laid backyard egg or anything like it. That all changed about ten years ago […]

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12 ‘Olde Tyme’ Garden Myths – Fact or Fiction

Ask most any gardener where they acquired their love of plants, and most will talk to you about their parents, grandparents, or maybe even their old green-thumbed auntie who passed along the desire to get their hands into the dirt. No doubt many of these cherished loved ones were great gardeners in their day – […]

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Coon Cuisine – Would You Eat a Raccoon?

Because raccoon are generally considered dirty, trash eating varmints, the idea of us eating them is rather nauseating to many mainstream Americans. So you should not expect to find “Quality Coon” on your grocer’s shelves anytime soon. It is interesting to note however, that many thousands of raccoon are still eaten each year right here […]

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