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Bloom out-performs both compost and commercial garden fertilizers

      Most commercial fertilizers are designed to provide nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.  Unless your soil is rich in other major elements such as calcium and magnesium as well as essential trace elements, your plants will not grow efficiently. Worse yet, repeated use of commercial fertilizers often depletes essential trace elements from the soil.
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My foul-weather do-it-yourself project is still a work in progress

      The wind was still howling through the trees when my rod-building components arrived. Venturing outside to retrieve the box, I noted that Mother Nature hadn’t realized it was mid-March. I pulled my coat tighter against my chest.
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50 years and counting for William and Annamaria Radosevic and their Medart Galleries

      William and Annamaria Radosevic celebrate 50 years together this year, in marriage and in business. 
     Both stories start in the 1960s, in a chance meeting to rival a Hollywood movie romance.
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Students give up spring break to help save the Bay

     Think back a few years. What did you do with your time and talents during spring break from college days? Be careful now. Maybe you shouldn’t answer in front of the children. Fortunately for those of us who love the Chesapeake Bay, a new generation knows how to break from the past and spring into action.
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Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s ­Chesapeake connection

       The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, have a patron saint to inspire them as they reconstruct their terror and grief into a national cause, rallying students around the country to end gun violence. Their school’s namesake was a champion for social justice activism for most of her long life.
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March 15 Bay Weekly: Antidote to a Snowy First Day of Spring
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They’re holding us elders accountable

       Generation by generation, civilization by civilization, kids have tested the faith of their elders. How safe can the world be in the hands of longhairs and fades, pink-hairs and Mohawks, Gen-Xers, Millennials and iGeners?
      In our time, we elders are testing the faith of our children and grandchildren.
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Take the family on a spring wildflower hunt 

     Spring is the season of renewal, a time of birth, regrowth and color. Along the shores of the Chesapeake, you’ll see an osprey, nesting material clinched in its powerful talons. Within the forest, your auditory sense is soothed to the music of returning songbirds, while the sweet scent of spring rain stimulates the olfactory nerves....
Thou Shall Not Steal Trees
      I am in the business of restoration: restoring hope that we are loved unconditionally; restoring faith that our lives matter and that renewal is always possible; restoring wholeness to broken hearts and broken places. So it pains me to see so many operating in the business of destruction.
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Is it a bird — or a squeaky dog toy?

      A brown-headed nuthatch is a small bird whose cute little squeaky voice sounds exactly like a dog toy. Really. These nuthatches form small flocks in the pine forests along the East Coast from Florida to Delaware. I had my first encounter with the little birds while following the Hummock Trail at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. A flock of them surrounded me. It was spring, and they were loudly making romantic displays....