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June 1, 1988 | By SAM GUGINO, Special to the Daily News
Pop psychologist Wayne Dyer once said, "The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment. Flowers really aren't better, just different. " Sioux Baldwin thinks that weeds are every bit as good as flowers. As a matter of fact, she doesn't even call them weeds. Thy're all plants to her. Baldwin is a naturalist at the Andorra Natural Area in the far northwestern tip of Fairmount Park. The Andorra Natural Area is one of the many natural treasures of the park where you can go on bird walks, insect walks, explore the Wissahickon Creek, or help dig a pond fpr frogs.
NEWS
December 4, 2009 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The overgrown meadow at Bartram's Garden has been a nettlesome project. What to do about all those weeds? A controlled burn is the preferred way to manage it, but Bartram's is in a dense, urban neighborhood and burning is illegal in Philadelphia. Chemical treatments are an option, but the stewards of this historic site on the Schuylkill's west bank felt herbicides should be a last resort. And so the jokes, then serious talk, turned to goats, nature's weed-eaters, for whom a 15-acre field knotted with Canada thistle, mugwort, and vetch isn't a problem at all. It's a smorgasbord, one that's increasingly being offered to goats around the country as a natural way of ridding parks, hillsides, vacant lots, and pastures of overgrown brush and tenacious weeds.
NEWS
May 31, 1986
Once again the warm weather has arrived. Grass, weeds, trees are growing fast. Once again the center plots on certain streets are almost two feet tall and will grow taller and taller before the city gets around to cutting them. This will be about August or September. When the grass is cut, it will be just left to lie in the gutters as usual. Castor Avenue above Cottman is a disgrace. The center strip has weeds growing in all the cracks and the gutters are filled with dirt and cigarette butts.
NEWS
December 29, 1991 | By Alison F. Orenstein, Special to The Inquirer
Officials in Oaklyn, who say they have complained for months about the way Conrail has maintained the property around its tracks in the borough, will meet with representatives of the freight railroad company next month in an attempt to devise a maintenance agreement. Until the summer of 1990, Oaklyn employees trimmed the weeds and grass along the railroad tracks where they passed through Oaklyn. The borough would then bill Conrail for the work. Last year, the bill amounted to $1,800, according to an Oaklyn official.
NEWS
June 25, 1989 | By Adrienne Beard, Special to The Inquirer
After winning a skirmish against junk vehicles, East Fallowfield supervisors are continuing efforts to clean up the township by targeting weeds. "We're getting rid of the wrecked cars, and now we're going to go after the guy who doesn't mow his lawn," said Supervisor Ronald Scott. His comment came after Douglas Lambert, a property owner in the township for 40 years, was ordered to clean up his Route 82 property by District Justice Eugene DiFilippo of Kennett Square. For months, the township has been citing Lambert for his junk vehicles.
LIVING
August 27, 1999 | By Betsey Hansell, FOR THE INQUIRER
Taking pride of place in my garden is a monumental candelabrum of a plant with handsome red branches, tipped with arching clusters of greenish buds. I've been cosseting it all summer, waiting for it to burst into fabulous bloom. I haven't been sure what those blooms would look like, though, because, not recognizing the plant, I just assumed it was one of the new perennials whose labels got lost in the hubbub of gardening. Now I know. They'll be tiny, ugly and hairy. And they'll produce - or have been producing all summer - about 150,000 seeds that can sleep in my dirt for up to 40 years without losing their capacity to reproduce.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Dean Fosdick, Associated Press
Hand weeding is one of the most demanding chores in gardening, but it doesn't have to be that way. Mulching, spraying, plant crowding, and inexpensive stand-up tools can ease much of the back-straining work. And the time to plan for it is now, before you use any of that homemade compost or build your budget for planting supplies. "Weed control is personal," said Barb Pierson, nursery manager for White Flower Farm, a mail-order nursery in Litchfield, Conn. "To me, there are two types of weeds.
NEWS
February 4, 1990 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, Special to The Inquirer
The waist-high weeds at the bankrupt Victoria Place development may continue to grow - at least for the time being. At a hearing Wednesday in District Court, Warwick Township tried to force developer John S. Seal Jr. to pay to have the weeds mowed. But District Justice Robert A. Schnell ruled that Seal could not be held personally responsible for the obligations of the bankrupt development company, Sovereign Estates Ltd. Schnell, however, told him at one point: "Whether it's in bankruptcy or not, there should be something done to get that horrible situation cleaned up. It's really an eyesore.
SPORTS
April 25, 1988 | By TED SILARY, Daily News Sports Writer
One might say that Temple's Ralph Jarvis came out of nowhere to surface yesterday as the Chicago Bears' third-round selection (No. 78 overall) in the NFL draft. Kind of like weeds come out of nowhere. What do weeds have to do with football? Everything - at least in relation to Ralph Jarvis, a 6-6, 250-pound defensive end. It is August 1982 and Jarvis, who attended Germantown High as a freshman and sophomore but never played sports, is newly arrived on the campus of Glen Mills, a boarding school in Delaware County for court-adjudicated youths.
NEWS
August 1, 1991 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
Weeds rise everywhere around the maroon-and-white sign. Soon they will obscure its message: "A Landmark Country Club Community on an Arnold Palmer Designed Golf Course. " Just beyond is a partially finished bridge, a grand entranceway to a grand development. In the distance, cement storm drains mark what would have been asphalt streets, but the landscape they dot is one of orange plastic-mesh construction fences, discarded building materials and weeds. Three structures - two single-family homes and a townhouse unit - sit empty, the few remaining landmarks of a once-august dream.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
High Maintenance is about a weed-delivery guy, but it's really about so much more than a weed-delivery guy. It's about how we interact with each other and how we live our lives. Created by Ben Sinclair (who also plays said weed-delivery guy) and Katja Blichfeld, High Maintenance started out as a web series, but will make the transition to HBO, where new episodes start next Friday. But HBO subscribers can catch up on the 19 webisodes - generally about 10 minutes long - before new episodes are telecast.
NEWS
September 2, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
On summer mornings, Al Wachlin puts on his muckiest clothes and pilots a no-name barge up and down the Schuylkill, trawling for weeds. Wachlin, 77, steers slowly through lime-colored vegetation that motorists and joggers see blanketing the surface, but the salad he's after lives deeper down, a hearty and hairy fighter called the Eurasian water milfoil that's not supposed to be in the river or really anywhere in the United States. "It's just backbreaking labor," Wachlin said. Wachlin, a former rower for the University of Pennsylvania and a semiretired real estate investor, has gotten creative trying to keep one of the nation's premier rowing destinations clear of milfoil.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
So maybe you kept up with the weeds in the spring. But now? How on earth did they get to be so numerous, and so big? If you're thinking that it might be time for an herbicide, but you're confused about whether that's safe, you have plenty of company. The most commonly used herbicide, glyphosate - a major ingredient in many products, perhaps most notably Monsanto's RoundUp - has been the subject of debate for years. The industry says it is safe. Critics, pointing out that residues are found in some of our food, warn of potential health effects and environmental woes, including the development of "superweeds" that are resistant to it, necessitating stronger chemicals.
NEWS
August 7, 2016 | By Lisa Scottoline, Columnist
You may remember that I wrote recently about wanting to add a little room onto my kitchen so I could look at a blooming garden instead of a stainless steel wall. I went back and forth about whether I was entitled to spend money that was supposed to be for my retirement on a home renovation that I might not even live to see, since I am half-dead already, at 61. Well, thanks to your wonderful, encouraging emails and also my innate selfishness and inability to delay gratification, I am building the garden room, and we just broke ground.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2016 | By Kevin Brasler, DELAWARE VALLEY CONSUMERS' CHECKBOOK
Sure, you sometimes want it dead: an end to continual mowing, weeding, watering. But the responsible part of you - the part your neighbors appreciate - says you want your lawn lush and green. To get it that way and keep it that way, you can do the work yourself, as most homeowners do, or seek the help of professionals. Even if you hire help, you'll need to prepare to choose the right company and level of service. Nonprofit consumer group Delaware Valley Consumers' Checkbook has surveyed its members and Consumer Reports subscribers.
SPORTS
November 28, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DETROIT - To pull a weed and make sure it dies, you have to get to the root. The Eagles are a garden full of wild plants. You don't succumb to the struggling Lions, 45-14, four days after falling to the mediocre Buccaneers, 45-17, without having several issues with your team. The questions, then, for the owner of that team are: Do you look at your garden and think that some Weed B Gon will do the trick, or do you come to the conclusion that the soil needs to be turned over and it's time to start anew?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
LAST SUMMER, Blair Shaw, an attorney who lives in Brewerytown, regularly walked his dog, Bailey, past a dense weed jungle on Master Street near 27th, unaware that in 2011 it had been Marathon Farm, an oasis of veggies in an urban food desert. Its motto: "Spreading the Love: one carrot at a time!" But by 2013, the Marathon Grill restaurant chain, which had cleared the third-of-an-acre lot and created Marathon Farm with such high hopes, suffered financial setbacks and pulled out. By last summer, the raised wood-frame beds had deteriorated and disappeared in the tall weeds, leaving no clue of their brief "one carrot at a time" history.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2015 | By Sally McCabe, For The Inquirer
Learn your weeds.   This week, weeds seem to be taking over the world. Ground cleared of one weed in the morning seems to fill with another by nightfall. Here's the secret: weed seeds need light. Say that three times fast. Clear away weeds from a bed, and then instantly cover the ground with some sort of mulch to block light from the soil. Weeds may spring from roots you missed, but very few new weeds will pop up from seeds, except where soil is exposed. Search and destroy.
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"THIS IS NOT a stoner event," N.A. Poe said yesterday while proudly sporting a tank top depicting marijuana buds, cigars and joints arranged in the shape of the American flag. "It's a direct action by stoners to raise awareness and make progress. " Nearly 200 people assembled in LOVE Park yesterday for Smoke Down Prohibition 2.0: Free the Weed, a protest calling for the legalization of the herb by the federal government. The group gathered at 4 p.m., some toting homemade signs and banners, others bringing more creative props, like one man's six-foot tall "bong.
NEWS
July 3, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I have been with "Tom" for two years, and I suspect that he will be proposing soon. He is 27 and I'm 24. Here's the problem: He wants our parents to meet before he asks. Abby, I have put this off because I'm sure they will have nothing in common. My parents are small-business owners and conservative. His parents are pot-smoking swingers - literally. How do I prepare my parents (and myself) for what I expect to be a tense and uncomfortable meeting? Should I suggest talking points?
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