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Archive for June, 2011

    By Amber Veverka          Dia Steiger is used to the questions about her backyard chickens, Smokey, Lucy and Stella. Do you have a rooster? (No.) How many eggs do you get? (One a day from each hen.) Do you have any pictures?       “Do I have pictures?” said Steiger. “My husband has made stamps.” […]

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 By Amber Veverka       Gardening season is well underway but you can still draw butterflies to your yard with some quick and easy plantings.      Most of us think of flowers when we think of attracting butterflies, but the key to witnessing an entire life cycle is to plant food for their caterpillars, as well. […]

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      By Amber Veverka       Periodic cicadas love the area south  of Charlotte, according to early results of  a region-wide “citizen science” survey.      The cicada watch program data is still being analyzed, but Pineville, Matthews, Waxhaw and Lancaster already have shown the greatest numbers of the 13-year cicada, said Chris Matthews, natural resources manager […]

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     You can build a free planter box for your backyard out of two wooden pallets. It won’t be gorgeous, but it will be cheap and should only take part an afternoon. Many businesses have pallets free for the asking. Here’s how to build your planter box: 1. Take all the slats off one of […]

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