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2008-08-17 18:00:23

By Booker T Leigh Trees are an important part of your landscape. However, given our weather, keeping them alive is sometimes hard to do. Water is very important for their survival and growth. Drought conditions can lead to tree decline, pest problems and diseases. A mature tree can lose gallons of water a day through its leaves. When the water lost though the leaves is not replaced, trees will become stressed. Water stress shows up as dropping, wilting, yellow or brown leaves. Some...

2008-07-26 18:00:22

By Hannah Stephenson SO YOU'RE away for two weeks in the summer holidays, when your crops are at their peak, your bedding plants need deadheading regularly and everything, especially hanging baskets and containers, needs watering. What do you do? If you're lucky enough to have a kindly neighbour or relatives close by who can pop in to do the watering and pick some of your tomatoes, lettuces and green beans, then you're laughing. But, if no one's going to be around, you need to plan...

2008-07-21 15:00:35

Proper watering in summer is vital to keeping your landscape healthy. But it has additional benefits, too, including saving you money. The goal is to water only when your plants need it, and to water thoroughly at the root level. Water by need, not by date: That means give plants water only when they need it, not on a set schedule. And when they need it, make sure the soil is wet down to the plants' roots. Many homeowners water daily with a hose or lawn sprinkler. That, experts say,...

2008-07-01 15:00:25

By BETH BOTTS, CHICAGO TRIBUNE A lot of people seem to be trying their hands at vegetable gardening this year, according to George Ball, president of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the big seed company in Warminster, Pa. He says sales of vegetable seeds are up 30 to 40 percent this season, double last year's growth rate. A big factor, he says, probably is the number of retiring baby boomers entering "their prime gardening years." He also points to high gasoline prices keeping people at home,...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

By McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE A lot of people seem to be trying their hands at vegetable gardening this year, according to George Ball, president of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the big seed company in Warminster, Pa. He says sales of vegetable seeds are up 30 to 40 percent this season, double last year's growth rate. A big factor, he says, probably is the number of retiring baby boomers entering "their prime gardening years." He also points to high gasoline prices keeping people at home, expensive...

2008-06-15 18:00:12

By Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune Jun. 15--A lot of people seem to be trying their hands at vegetable gardening this year, according to George Ball, president of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the big seed company in Warminster, Pa. He says sales of vegetable seeds are up 30 to 40 percent this season, double last year's growth rate. A big factor, he says, probably is the number of retiring Baby Boomers entering "their prime gardening years." He also points to high gasoline prices keeping people...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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