All on a summer’s eve, just as the frog, the basso profundo that lives at the fountain, begins his nightly serenade, and just as the fireflies turn on their lights, and just as the bats begin their aerial acrobatics, the Earth Lady ventures out to watch the moonflowers open. As the Platters sang so long […]

This week, I’m participating in the National Agricultural County Agents Association conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As I was driving north of Omaha, Nebraska, on I-29, I observed and enjoyed the blazing orange flower clusters of Asclepias tuberosa, commonly called butterfly weed. I was amazed at the size of the colonies; some were several […]

Editor’s note: This is part of a two-part column on organics. The second part will be published Oct. 23. Basic science tells us that any substance that lives or has ever lived is considered organic. Any substance that has never lived (rocks, plastics, glass or any man-made substance) is considered inorganic. In case you missed […]

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Robbie and Sid Dendy of Houston.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOUSTON – It’s hard to walk through Robbie and Sid Dendy’s yard without getting distracted. Just when you’re headed to check out a bottle tree covered in recycled insulators, you notice a porch post peppered in old keys. A firepit to the right, surrounded by chairs made from old tractor […]

More homes are sold during the spring and summer than are ever sold in the fall and winter – more than twice as many. Chances are if you are selling yours, you’ll want it to look good, stand out from all the others and sell fast, fast, fast. There are two questions buyers ask themselves […]

No time to enjoy your garden in the daylight hours? Try planting a garden for evening pleasure. The concept of planting a garden for the evening is not a new idea as it has been practiced for hundreds of years. It is, however a new concept for many of us who plant mostly for daytime […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal The Lee County Extension Office will offer the following interactive video programs. Each session will be held at noon at the Extension Office at 5338 Cliff Gookin Blvd. in Tupelo. • Vermicomposting 101 will be offered July 23. Kandiace Gray, extension associate for plant and soil sciences, will show you […]

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A torenia, foreground, adds a pop of purple to the Hodnetts' backyard.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NETTLETON – Danny Hodnett often gets second glances when people drive by his home on Metts Road. Hanging from a pecan tree and a pine tree are dozens of baskets of colorful flowers and other plants that seem to be suspended in mid-air. “People stop and ask if they can […]

Emanating from the fireplace in the Earth Lady’s parlor, there is a cacophonous, yet merry, chirping of baby birds. While such a sound might be disconcerting, even alarming, to those homeowners who still have real working fireplaces and chimneys, for the Earth Lady and other like-minded birders, this twittering sound confirms that the chimney swifts […]