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Sweet fish swim in sweetwater

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Lesson 3: Jumpstart your garden with compost tea

Helping his Duke team win the NCAA basketball championship has earned Nolan Smith, of Upper Marlboro, no summer vacation

  A Bay Weekly exclusive   Only 3.6 seconds remained in the last college basketball game of the season, on April 5, when Butler’s Gordon Hayward grabbed a rebound and sped upcourt. The six-foot-eight Hayward, soon to be a wealthy pro, launched a prayer from 50 feet. Its trajectory held rapt the attention of some 49 million people watching on television — not to mention the thousands in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Would the ball go in to provide a real-life...

How to prune your bare-bottomed hedges

  A neat, completely green sheared hedge of privet can be very attractive in a landscape. But most often the bottom branches lose their leaves, and the hedge quickly loses its attractiveness. This is a common problem and one that can easily be corrected, as I showed in a recent pruning workshop that required rejuvenating an old privet hedge with nothing but naked branches on the lower half.  Plants lose their bottom leaves because those leaves are being shaded out by branches and...

On vacation, your mind wanders

  The Sailing Emporium, Rock Hall, Maryland—Don’t you love how things fly into you out of the blue? Only the good things, of course. Last week’s letter, Who Says You’re Reading Less?, tickled the memory of an old university friend, who in turn set me remembering another life. “Loved your essay on books and reading choices,” wrote John Knoll. “Walter Ong is smiling.” This week’s letter should keep Father Ong smiling down from the heaven...

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a person in a chicken suit

  Chesapeake Bay is full of crap — literally. An EPA study found that 17 percent of nitrogen pollution and 26 percent of pollution in the Bay comes from animal manure. Environment Maryland wants you to hold the biggest polluters responsible — even if motivating you takes dressing up like a chicken to do it. To educate you about the damage your chicken dinner can cause, the people at Environment Maryland meet you at the point of contact: grocery stores. “We wanted to make...

Kudzu threatens more than biodiversity

  I took a nice boat ride up the Severn River last week, exploring the smaller creeks on the north side of the river and swimming in some of the deeper holes. This is the best time to explore the upper Chesapeake, before the dreaded sea nettles take over. Kudzu has already invaded large tracts along the river. In some places, like over by Rugby Hall, the shoreline resembles a giant Chia pet. Native trees and bushes have been smothered by the lush green leaves of doom that grow about a foot...

Forgetting that maxim, this dummy went home hungry

  It had been a simple plan: Start out before dawn; catch some small Norfolk spot for live-lining; locate a pod of rockfish; catch two keepers; get off the water before the temps hit 100. I’d done it before, and that formula had been a sure route to success. However, all the parts had to cooperate to make my plan work. The before-dawn part was easily accomplished, though the gods know I don’t care for getting up in the dark. But after I had launched and began my bait search, I...

This week, the west is best

  The sun this week passes a psychological yardstick, setting at 8:30 Friday and then a little less than a minute earlier each night. The sun’s exit, stage right, is the parting of the night’s curtain, revealing a stage full of luminaries. The waxing moon reveals a shadow of itself even in the glare of twilight, high in the southwest at week’s end. Thursday it shines just a few degrees below Mars and 10 degrees to the right of golden Saturn. Venus, unmistakably brilliant...

Week 18: He — or She — Is a Big Baby

  Junior is getting really big. He’s over half the size of his mother now, and is working his father hard to satisfy his ever-increasing appetite for fish, which his mother still feeds him one bite at a time. He was awkwardly stretching his wings out the other day; it won’t be long now before his mother will have him flapping his wings to develop his flight muscles. In case you wondered, even in hot weather, ospreys don’t need to drink water. They get enough from the...

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  Loving Books Dear Bay Weekly: I jumped right into your SummerReading Guide [July 1]. For MalcolmGladwell, under Documentaries CanRead Like Novels, I’d pick Outliersover your choice, The Tipping Point.The life list is a great idea. I wrote upmy list the same night I read yours. –Jenny Cook, Durham, NC - Loved Love a River Dear Bay Weekly: I loved your editorial Love a River in the June 24 issue of Bay Weekly. It’s absolutely beautiful! I’ve been reading Ageless...

Plan your trip at www.visitmaryland.org/map

With many summer days to fill, do you ponder what to do, where to go? There is a lot to do in Maryland, with guidance now just a point and click away. Find your way to www.visitmaryland.org/map and the rest is easy. Unveiled by Governor Martin O’Malley, the Visit Maryland Interactive Map presents Maryland’s collection of natural, cultural, heritage and recreational resources in a user-friendly format. Choose an area or destination, move the cursor over the icon and click. Up pops a...