Outdoors

Bring some plants into your home

As we start to tidy up the herb garden, cutting back perennials and pulling out annuals, take a minute and think about bringing a few containers of herbs into the kitchen. You can pot up some plants from the garden or buy some new starts, or even grow a selection from seed. You can grow ...

Outdoor briefs, Oct. 15

Pheasants Forever, ODNR to host youth pheasant hunt Oct. 28 Seneca County Pheasants Forever and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are to host a youth pheasant hunt Oct. 28 at the Sandusky River Coon Hunters, 7575 W. TR 131. The event is open to any youth who has a valid Ohio youth ...

Park programs, Oct. 15

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Young Adventurers ages 6-12 to learn about gourds at 5 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve. Kids can learn why gourds are useful and paint their own “gorgeous gourd” to take home. Registration is required. • Preschool ...

October is a good time to get ready for spring

The word “October” brings so many images to mind, most of them golden and pleasurable. Although there still is work to be done in the garden, it is not onerous, and warm, sunny days are to be expected and enjoyed. I have the vegetable garden cleared of all but red cabbage, a few leeks and ...

Trees have their own way of networking

Picture the sweeping vista of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Just like a NOVA special, let’s make it a red dawn silhouetting a tower of a half-dozen giraffes ambling against a backdrop of flat-topped umbrella thorn acacias. Their thorns notwithstanding, the acacia’s leaves are ...

Outdoor briefs, Oct. 8

Heidelberg expands campus recycling program Although recycling already was available on Heidelberg University’s campus, a recent grant has helped to expand the program. Recycling is to become more efficient and convenient for students and faculty. An $8,750 grant from Ottawa Sandusky ...

Time to review the gardening mistakes of ’17

It seems the time has come to admit to all the mistakes I have made in the past year. Many of my friends say they enjoy reading about all the foolish things I have done more than anything else I choose to write about, and I would hate to deny them this pleasure, so here we go. First is the ...

Park Programs, Oct. 1

Seneca County • Fall things are the topics of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County Park District’s Steyer Nature Preserve. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore the world of fur, fin and feathers ...

Outdoor Briefs, Oct. 1

Straw bale house tours Oct. 8 Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. Oct. 8. Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch Saturday and Sunday mornings using local foods from ...

Panel: County park district in good shape

Seneca County Park District’s finances are in good shape, and the board’s finance committee is looking into investment options to keep them that way. During his finance report Tuesday, board member Jim Nordholt said the second allocation of levy money has been received, which brings the ...

What really bugs Janet in the garden

I have bugs on my mind today, bugs of all kinds. Yes, I know that is a very unscientific term to use, but it is a concise and easy way to refer to the many insects, arachnids, crustaceans, mollusks, etc., that are plaguing me at the moment. So, for this column, I am referring to anything that ...

Outdoor briefs, Aug. 20

Open houses set at Mohican, Maumee state forests COLUMBUS — Interested stakeholders are invited to attend informational open house meetings featuring management plans for Ohio’s 21 state forests. Meetings take place annually in late August, according to the Ohio Department of Natural ...

Park programs, Aug. 20

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is to host a prairie walk at 5 p.m. Thursday at Clinton Nature Preserve, 400 East TR 132. Spend a late afternoon walking the prairie to view summer wildflowers. The walk is to last about one hour and qualifies for the Walking Stick Program. No ...

Ohio outdoor recreation survey results detailed

COLUMBUS — Earlier this year, Ohio residents were asked to share experiences and opinions regarding their favorite outdoor recreation activities on public lands, such as local and state parks, nature preserves, wildlife and forestry areas and federal lands. They also were asked about their ...

Some plants are just made to be in the shade

Gardening in the shade is a condition I don’t have to deal with. My house faces south, and is fairly low, and so I have sun everywhere for most of the day. The only real shade is under the beautiful old oaks and maples in the back, and those areas are more suited to a lawn chair, a book and a ...

Silicon Valley looking to extend life

So it was that Eos, goddess of the dawn, fell in love with Tithonus, a handsome young prince of Troy and, beguiling him with her beauty, brought him to her palace on Mount Olympus. They lived happily for many years but, being mortal, age eventually overtook Tithonus. In her despair, Eos ...

Outdoor Briefs, July 23

Youth-N-Fishing accepting program applications Youth-N-Fishing is accepting applications for 2018 youth fishing programs sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. The free one-day program is about three hours long is an educational camp to acquaint youths ...

A (partial) list of her favorite annuals

Having written recently about my favorite perennials, here is a listing of some of the annuals I love. First on the list has to be portulaca. This beauty, commonly known as moss rose, does wonders for my front flower beds. I grew some from seed last year, mostly yellow, although a few other ...

Park Programs, July 23

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Tiffin Park & Recreation invites the community to join the Xpando Band at 7:30 p.m. July 30 for a sing-a-long at the band shell at Hedges-Boyer Park. Sandusky County • Sandusky County Park District is hosting a Girls Night Out 7:30-10 p.m. Friday at ...

A new perspective on a guilty pleasure

March 30, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Spero dismissed a pair of class-action lawsuits against Nestle USA and Hershey Co. alleging the two chocolate companies should have printed information on their packaging stating cocoa beans used in their products were in part harvested with ...