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Archive for November, 2011

Seeing more acorns than usual?

By Amber Veverka      Some species of oak trees in the Carolinas Piedmont are producing a more-abundant-than usual acorn crop this fall, say Carolinas tree experts, resulting in the phenomenon known as a “mast year.”      White oaks include a variety of species, but are most easily identified this time of year by patchy, shaggy […]

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Get birds to eat from your hand

  By Amber Veverka      Patience. Time. And a whole lot of mealworms. That’s what you need to train wild Eastern bluebirds to eat from your hand, Charlotte-area bird experts say.      And they’re not the only songbird brave enough to take a meal from your fingertips: Chickadees and wrens are plucky creatures that don’t […]

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Volunteers are needed  at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19th,  to harvest mustard greens for Friendship Trays, a group that provides delivers more than 600 meals daily to elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people in the area. You don’t need experience or special tools – just bring your own gloves and water bottle if you want them. […]

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By Amber Veverka Worms are the unsung heroes of the garden world. In as little as an hour, you can get them working for you with a cheap, homemade worm bin. They’ll eat your fruit and vegetable scraps and coffee grounds, turning it all into rich fertilizer. And the nice thing about worms is they’ll tolerate a […]

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