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Archive for September, 2011

By Amber Veverka      If your seasonal allergies have suddenly spiked, it’s likely you can blame ragweed, which is blooming across the Carolinas Piedmont right now.      Late summer and early autumn bring wafts of pollen from common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, which is often the main culprit in so-called “hay fever.” The Asthma and Allergy Foundation […]

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      By Amber Veverka      Ready to spruce up your landscaping with some new shrubs? Put down that boring ligustrum and standard-issue holly and make way for some native species that will add a little interest to your yard, help wildlife, and thrive without becoming invasive pests.          We asked Carolinas plant experts to give us their picks for five […]

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By Amber Veverka Would-be gardeners looking for a plot of their own now face long wait lists at Mecklenburg County community gardens – and budget cuts mean the county isn’t creating new sites. For years, Peter Cook couldn’t get folks interested in planting the community garden plots he oversees.  “There were gardens that sat and got […]

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