Outdoors

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 ...

Poison ivy isn’t the only plant that causes woe

I had a narrow escape earlier this week. Pulling some overgrown ivy from my window well, I got a good handful of the wrong kind of ivy. Poison ivy. Luckily, I saw it right away and scrubbed at my hand with every strong substance I could find under the kitchen sink, and evidently I got rid of ...

Outdoor briefs, July 16

SCPD announces winners in annual photo contest Lynne Wagner won best of show and Douglas McDonald won the people’s choice award in the adult class of the 17th annual Seneca County Park District photo contest. The top youth winners were Lindsay Lucius, best of show, and Lilly Stockmaster, ...

Park programs, July 16

Tiffin Park & Recreation • A summer PLAY Day is planned 1-2 p.m. Friday at Beachwood Park. Planned Leisure Activities for Youth are organized games, crafts and activities in neighborhood parks. Parents, grandparents or child-care providers are encouraged to participate and should stay ...

Eagle-eye view

Two wooden eagles perch atop a tree on SR 231 Wednesday afternoon. Sue Smith, who lives at the residence with her husband, Fritz, said the ash tree had been struck by a vehicle and died due to ash borer, and the family cut off its trunks. The family obtained the eagles from Doug Fretz, a Tiffin ...

‘Rewilding’ goes back to Stone Age

In the 1930s, the Dutch constructed a network of dams and dikes that transformed an inlet of the North Sea into a shallow, freshwater lake. Two decades later, a massive drainage project opened up enough dry land to create a new Province, Flevoland, about a half-hour drive from Amsterdam. Its ...

Pick plants that deer don’t prefer

The deer population of the United States is estimated at 20 million! No wonder these residents present a major problem to motorists and, of course, to farmers and gardeners. The lovable animal featured in so many films and books has taken on a new persona to the gardener, and the problem ...

Outdoor briefs, May 21

Ikes to host youth rifle, archery programs Registration for a youth rifle program is to take place at 6 p.m. Monday at the Izaak Walton clubhouse, and registration for a youth archery program is to be at 6 p.m. Thursday. Both programs are open to children ages 8 and older. For details, ...

Outdoor briefs, May 21

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Tiffin’s city swimming pool is to open for the season at 1 p.m. May 29 at Hedges-Boyer Park. Pool hours are 1-7 p.m. daily. The fee for a day pass is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for youth ages 3-17, and $2 to be a spectator. Children ages 2 and younger ...

Caterwauling and other feline feats

Fitful dreams. Probably running a low-grade fever with this dumb early May chest cold. Thump the pillow, shift position, stare at the weird shadows cast by the night-light. Hmm ... what’s that one look like? A yam? Malaysia? Trump’s comb-over? And those caterwauling tomcats outside ...

Park Programs, May 7

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Registration is under way for Tiffin Park & Recreation’s adult kickball and volleyball leagues. Kickball registration is open until Friday. Play is on Thursday nights starting May 25. Volleyball leagues include women’s, coed Wednesday, coed Thursday, ...