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Natural sweets for the sweet

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Ask Rosie, Outdoors

By Rosie Lerner Looking for a fun gardening project for chasing away your winter blues? Why not try growing Stevia in your windowsill garden. It may not be the most ornamental of plants, but hopefully will present a sweet reward for your efforts. Stevia rebaudiana, also known as sweetleaf and sugarleaf, is a low-growing, tender,… Continue reading.

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Air-squirrel at the birdfeeder

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Posted on Feb 01, 2017 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding When I first installed my sunflower seed birdfeeder, I hung it from a single cable attached to a high limb and positioned the wire basket 42 inches above the ground. At that height, I knew it was safe from all ground attacks by chipmunks and squirrels. They simply could not reach the… Continue reading.

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Butterfly milkweed named 2017 Perennial of the Year

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Ask Rosie, Outdoors

By Rosie Lerner The Perennial Plant Association has named butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), as its 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year. With much focus on pollinator habitat these days, butterfly milkweed is a terrific selection. Butterfly milkweed flowers play host to a wide range of butterflies, and milkweed foliage is the food source for monarch… Continue reading.

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The season for sage

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Posted on Dec 01, 2016 in Ask Rosie, Outdoors, Rosie's Garden

By Rosie Lerner Holiday dinners filled with the fragrance of sage-dusted turkey and dressing may be an American tradition, so it may surprise you to know that the sage plant, Salvia officinalis, is native to the Mediterranean. Sage is actually a diverse group of herbs belonging to the genus Salvia, many species of which are… Continue reading.

A ‘right’ to hunt and fish

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Posted on Dec 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding On Election Day, Indiana voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state’s Constitution. According to Ballotpedia with 99.9 percent of precincts reported, the constitutional amendment snared 2,390,883 votes. That was 82 percent of Indiana voters in favor. The amendment ensures the rights of the citizens of Indiana to hunt and fish. Section… Continue reading.

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Bovine TB testing for wild deer

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Posted on Oct 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced plans to establish management and surveillance zones in three east central Indiana counties in response to the recent finding of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in a wild white-tailed deer at a Franklin County cattle farm. The plan designates a Bovine Tuberculosis Management Zone… Continue reading.

Take a hike

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in The Great Outdoors

I have to admit, I don’t know what I did before I got an iPhone. I use my phone for all kinds of things … as a camera, compass and calculator. And now, I can use it to take a hike. Finding a trail for hiking Hoosiers to explore will be easier this year thanks to… Continue reading.

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Ask Rosie, Outdoors

‘Endless Summer’ never even arrived I know you’ve addressed the ever-frustrating and puzzling hydrangeas that refuse to bloom, but I’m reaching out as a final attempt to solve the mystery of my disappointing non-bloomers. I’ve done everything I can think of, including fertilizing, researching optimum soil and light conditions, careful pruning of only old blooms… Continue reading.