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Featured Plant: Maple Sugar in the Gourd!

The maple trees in Vermont are dying. The price of pure Vermont maple syrup has shot up considerably. It takes a lot of sap to brew a quart of maple syrup, and it only happens one time a year. Some of the larger trees are simply collapsing, falling over, even in New...

Featured Plant: Cattail, the Supermarket of the Swamp

We had been hiking many dry miles through the Southern Utah desert, Escalante wilderness area. Our water supply low, several of us near heat exhaustion, and one hundred degrees of blistering sun radiating off the slick rock and sandstone floor, as well as beating down...

Featured Plant: the Oak Tree

I was three years old then. They planted that young oak tree in front of my house in suburban New Jersey. I was small and the oak seemed a mighty giant, its pointed leaves and unusually shaped fruits, a delight to a child’s passionate eye. It became a neighborhood...

Featured Plant: Red Clover (trifolium pratense)

“The more you cut it, the more it grows. The more you eat it, the more you have to eat.” When we were kids all we knew was that clover had three leaves, and the ultimate prize was finding one with four. The trick was to split one of the leaves so carefully that it...

Featured Plant: Dandelion

The Ubiquitous Dandelion Dandelion. The thesaurus does not list this word as a synonym for ubiquitous. I guess Roget did not have to mow his front lawn every week. Or maybe he did, but refused to allow this ubiquitous “pest” into his treasure house of words and...