Recent Discussions

  • What Do Tree Roots Do in Winter?

    April 18th 2010
    Tree roots grow, and many times pipes are made of clay.  Strong growing roots easily permeate clay.  The roots will not just enter that one spot; they have the potential to be surrounding the pipe. … Read More »

  • Pitch Pine, Pinus rigida

    April 17th 2010
    Growing up on Cape Cod, pitch pine will always be a favorite species. On the Outer Cape (where soil is literally nonexistent), the tree still dominates, forming vast barrens of gnarled, stubby trees underscored by… Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 17th 2010
    I’m a native Cape Codder and can offer some perspective on what an area can come to look like after nonnatives have had centuries to settle in. On my parents’ 4 and 1/2 acre plot… Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 17th 2010
    Our tree farm’s major invasives are buckthorn, multiflora, Japanese barberry, and autumn olive. We have a lovely colony of fringed gentian that pops their beautiful blue flowers up in late September and bloom undaunted through… Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 17th 2010
    Virginia: Other species of once (December 1969) recommended “wildlife plantings” (by the USDA Soil Conservation Service or “SCS”) were Tartarian and Amur Honeysuckle. I came across the pamplet (PA-940) while going through old files. As… Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 16th 2010
    My nemisis is oriental bittersweet. Since my teens I have been roaming forests from Pennsylvania to Maine clipping and yanking the cursed stuff. Once you get an eye for it, you will see it is… Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 16th 2010
    I have a Norway maple on my conscience. (And a house loaded with windows that birds keep trying to fly through!) Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 16th 2010
    Where can I find detailed directions on how to eradicate buckthorn, honeysuckle, and wild rose?  cjf Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 16th 2010
    Virginia, I go to great lengths to locate stands of Japanese knotweed so that I can pick it and eat it fresh and also use as the main ingredient in a wonderful chutney recipe. I… Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 16th 2010
    Southwestern Michigan is over-run with the stuff. AND with garlic mustard.  AND with buckthorn. AND other invasives as well. I have a large woodland farm, conservation easements all in possession of the Southwest Michigan Land… Read More »

  • Autumn Olive

    April 16th 2010
    I bought a house with AO growing on it, they bought it for the turkeys. I spent 5 years cutting, hacking and mowing. When I sold the place, I warned the new owners about not… Read More »

  • Growing Shiitake Mushrooms: Step-by-Step Guide to an Agroforestry Crop

    April 16th 2010
    inoculated logs last spring. lots of mycilium showing on logs and bark splitting in spots. theres a few very small shrooms starting to pop. temps are in 60’s day,30’s night. what is the optimum temp.… Read More »

  • Clearing the Air: Outdoor Wood Boilers Face Regulation

    April 12th 2010
    “Whoever doesn’t like the smoke needs to move back to the city and inhale the smog there. Burning wood does not produce harmful gasses into the air.”  Respectfully, did you take a close look at… Read More »

  • Tale of the Tick: How Lyme Disease is Expanding Northward

    April 10th 2010
    Just a note to say that ticks are active for longer periods than some information suggests. We have found ticks on people and dogs every month of the year except January and February. The dogs… Read More »

  • Plant-Eating Apparitions

    April 9th 2010
    ‘Only eight [...] walkingstick species are found in North America.’ Actually, it’s about 30. Read More »

  • Redwings Are Back, Staking Out Territory

    April 6th 2010
    Growing up in Orange, Vermont, back in the 50’s, I took an early interest in the birds.  This was due in part to having a father that taught me at an early age the names… Read More »

  • Psoriasis of Spring

    April 3rd 2010
    You captured the feel of spring with great accuracy…up north I did get one more run of some really rich syrup making on Good Friday…but then I pulled my taps.  It was 85 degrees and… Read More »

  • Psoriasis of Spring

    April 2nd 2010
    Lovely essay. Captures the sense of things just right. Except for one detail: 4 months of winter? Not in these parts! Even though it was light compared to other winters, I count six! Read More »

  • Psoriasis of Spring

    April 2nd 2010
    Hi Dave: Just want to comment on your Psoriasis of Spring. I really enjoy your vivid analogies of this year’s spring or rather pre-spring. It seems particularly true this year because of the early departure… Read More »

  • Psoriasis of Spring

    April 2nd 2010
    Nice piece, Dave Mance. Yes winter is long and brutal and hardest part comes at the end; darkest before the dawn. Emerging from a car wreck analogy is apt… We emerge cautiously, squinting in bright… Read More »