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What to do with stinging nettles

Some gardeners value stinging nettles for their use in tea and natural remedies for conditions such as arthritis, allergies and diabetes. The leaves, stems and roots are also edible, but should never be eaten raw, due to the stinging hairs on the plant. For those who see stinging nettles as more “foe” than “friend,” removing […]

What to feed fireflies

Many young Iowans, and others, have spent time catching lightning bugs during steamy summer nights. Also known as fireflies, lightning bugs are among the insects that fascinate young and old alike. Like many of our beloved creatures in recent decades, firefly populations appear on the decline, due to pesticide use, loss of habitat and other […]