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Sweet fish swim in sweetwater

The everyday banalities of saving the world

Lesson 3: Jumpstart your garden with compost tea

Don’t rototill or cultivate yet

Rototilling, cultivating or even walking on wet soil destroys its structure. Yes spring is here, but frequent rains are keeping our gardens wet. There is a tendency for many beginning gardeners to spade or till when soils are sometimes muddy. But when wet soils are disturbed, the soil’s structure is destroyed, and it then dries with large, hard lumps.     You will also destroy the soil’s structure if you work it when it is bone dry.     The proper...

Invitation to Wonder Might Do the Trick

How do you think our Bay conservation efforts are going? You love Chesapeake Bay, and so do I. But are we stopping the blooms of pollution? Can we foresee plentiful crab feasts? Will we dive off our piers this summer to splash and gambol in the Bay’s once-inviting depths?     Sadly, I suspect the answer to all these questions remains a fairly plaintive no. We love Chesapeake Bay. Yet when we read of the press conferences, court cases and experimental programs to control...

An uninteresting lead turns a brooding gothic classic into a tepid tale of inconvenient love

There is a fundamental problem with adapting Jane Eyre into film: Most people know what’s in the attic. To counteract the English Lit 101 plot, the movie has to make you invest in the characters so that you dread what you know will befall them.     At the very least, filmmakers need to make that attic creepy.     In the latest adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) abandoned character development for the...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I have a question about The Bay Gardener’s Guide to Spring, published in the March 31 Home and Garden Guide. Under the heading Preparing Garden Soil, Dr. Gouin writes that when preparing the garden bed, “to conserve soil moisture and energy, simply hoe out the weeds or kill them with either horticultural vinegar or Roundup about a week before you intend to plant.”     At my local nursery, I was told that I would need to wait...
Dear Bay Weekly:     My Sunday reading routine always begins with The Washington Post Magazine. I go straight to Date Lab and wonder if anyone will find love this week. Or even just give their date a second chance?     Now I have a new reading routine. It’s on Thursday, and it’s Bay Weekly. I go straight to Diana Beechener’s movie reviews and wonder if Diana has seen any movies this week that she likes.     She makes the reviews...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I have very much enjoyed Steve Carr’s columns. Very well written, most entertaining, and they cut to the chase. A suggestion for a future one following up on Who Will Stop the Rain? [March 31]: Sedimentation of rivers and streams caused by in-stream channel erosion after the development is gone and all correct stormwater management is in place. There are countless examples of this throughout the county. I am watching a stream unravel in the headwaters...

Approved by Mother Nature

Mother Nature may be sending us a message that our continued enjoyment of her earthly garden is contingent on our good behavior.     When the message of climate change is written in the language of melting ice caps and glaciers, some among us scoff and say Not us! We didn’t do it.     So she repeats her message in clearer terms.     Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis. Including a half dozen or so nuclear reactors adds italics to...

As it stands, God is responsible for anything beyond two inches of stormwater runoff

Every time it rains hard around Annapolis, all hell breaks loose. Mud goes streaming into a creek or streams. Citizen watchdogs start barking. They call the mayor’s office and complain that dirt is running off this or that property, usually a development site.     State law requires developers to control the first inch of rain that falls on their property during a 24-hour period. Expensive control measures are required so that no sediment leaves the site.   ...

Chesapeake Bay’s most common and perhaps least common catches

Sending out a chartreuse shad dart tipped with a grass shrimp toward the dark water of the far bank, I let it sink for a brief three-count before tightening up my line. Almost immediately there came a sharp tap, and I set the hook. My rod bowed as I leaned into yet another lively white perch. Fish Are Biting ...     The yellow perch run is still happening but only in dribs and drabs as the majority of these fish are spent and have left the headwaters. The white perch run is...

Great visuals get KO’ed by an insulting, incoherent script

The world has been hard on 20-year-old Babydoll (Emily Browning: The Uninvited). After being assaulted by her stepfather and accidentally killing her sister, Babydoll is committed to an asylum. In five days, she’s scheduled for a lobotomy.     Horrified by her predicament, and presumably her name, Babydoll retreats to a fantasy world. In this fantasy — which I remind you is of her creation — Babydoll dreams that she’s been sold to a brothel/cabaret. In...