HORT SHORTS

There is not one definition for "local" food. When making food decisions, many people consider where their food was grown or raised and make an effort to develop personal connections with growers and producers to enjoy flavorful, safe, local food.

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All BYGL readers know the value of trees and have learned through BYGL and some of the Extension Nursery Landscape and Turf Team members' presentations about the values of trees.

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BYGL writer Cindy Meyer observed large ostrich-like birds in a crop field in Warsaw, Indiana this past week.  Closer inspection led her to identify the large birds as SANDHILL CRANES (Grus canadensis).  As Cindy experienced, one of the first things you notice about these birds is their size.

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Amongst the beautiful blooms of summer perennials such as grey-headed coneflower, wild bergamot, and cardinal flower, TREE SWALLOWS (Tachycineta bicolor) and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (Sialia sialis) have started round 2 of their nesting season.  Marne Titchenell found both tree swallow and bluebirds eggs in nest boxes last weekend in a central Ohio Metro Park.  She also observed HOUSE WRENS (Troglodytes aedon) nesting.  While tree swallows and bluebirds start their nesting season in spring, house wrens begin a little later in the summer, around June.  Their nesting seaso

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Porcelain-berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata) is a deciduous, woody, perennial vinenative toNortheast Asia.

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ut what can we expect from June downpours, followed by July storms? Consistent rains sprinkling the Midwest have created a challenging environment for most plants, which rely on macropores in the soil to supply roots with oxygen.

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t's common to see a beautiful butterfly land on a flower and begin delicately sipping the sweet nectar inside. Believe it or not, it's also common to observe a butterfly sipping liquids besides nectar.

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Many homeowners are aware that several species of Ohio bats form colonies during the summer. Sometimes these colonies are in barns, attics, behind shutters, or in bat houses.

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Junipers and arborvitae are common plants used in the landscape for a number of purposes such as windbreaks, hedges, ground cover, and foundation plantings. Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae.

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Joe Boggs shared images of sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) choking two ponds in a Butler County, OH, park. Also known as the "bean of India" for its native home or "Indian lotus" for the same reason, Joe noted that he failed to find reports of this non-native becoming a serious invasive aquatic plant.

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