Snails and slugs can mow down your spinach

It’s National Spinach Month, and a good time to consider growing your own little crop of greens.  This easy to grow plant is generally seeded directly into the ground, and not transplanted. Check out this video on planting and harvesting spinach.  While the featured yard is in zone 5 versus our Marin zone 9, all …

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These ancient, elegant insects are a bane to mosquitos

Easily recognized for their rather ethereal beauty, the “dragon” portion of their name comes from their fierce jaws that they use to catch their flying prey. The “fly” portion of their name is apt – they are the world’s fastest insects, capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. Dragonflies and their smaller counterparts, …

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