Good Natured Gardening: Plants that deter mosquitoes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls mosquitoes the “world’s deadliest animal.” It’s a weighty moniker for an insect that weighs just 2.5 milligrams, but it’s well deserved because vector-borne diseases, including those transmitted by mosquitoes, cause more than 700,000 deaths worldwide every year. According to the University of Alaska, “the oldest mosquito…

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Good Natured Gardening: Potato Patato

You spell potato, Dan Quayle spells it P-O-T-A-T-O-E. Some of you may recall the Vice President’s 1992 gaffe making a 6th-grader misspell “Potato.” In the VP’s defense, however, he was using an incorrect flash card prepared by a teacher. Quayle later wrote in his memoirs, “I can’t overstate how discouraging and exasperating the whole event…

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