The garden hoe can be sharpened and the handle cleaned for winter storage. Another tool used for managing weeds are herbicides. All tools need stored properly until needed again.

By all rational measurements, 2020 has been a disaster in the Manhattan area, as it has been across the country and around the world. A viral pandemic has killed 21 people in the three-county region that we consider home; it has shuttered businesses, closed schools, and forced our college to…

It seems like the Christmas spirit arrives earlier every year. Holiday plants are readily available now: cacti, amaryllis, Christmas trees and the ever popular poinsettia.

The Manhattan school district is going through the tortured process of redrawing the attendance boundaries for its elementary schools. There’s almost no way to do this in a way that keeps everyone happy, because somebody is going to get shifted from a school they like into a school they thin…

Several months ago, when mask requirements were being debated here, we said in this space that government requirements were not ideal. Better for the government to strongly encourage mask use than to order it, and for leaders to set an example rather than issuing mandates.

My family and I, like most families around the world, had to celebrate milestones this year without each other or in ways that looked a little different than normal.

Some introduced plants are just too prolific in our environment. Amur honeysuckle, Siberian elm, hackberry, Callery pear and other plants can spread into the landscape. The dormant season is a good time to be managing these unwanted plants.

One of my kids asked me the other day if I thought there would be a civil war. This was evidently a hot topic on Spap/Tok/Gram, in the hazy days after the election when the winner had not been determined. Which, depending on who you ask, we might still be in.

At this polarized moment in our country, there’s something I think we can all agree on: Let’s investigate every possible instance of illegal voting. Let’s dig in, and really get the evidence on the table, for everybody to see.

You may come across the term “winterizing” the lawn. It is usually in connection with a fertilizer bag. There are a few things one can do to keep your cool-season lawn healthy at this time of the year. The lawn will “winterize” even without our input.

The year 2020 has been one to remember. We seem to be in a suspended state – a limbo. As we await the results from the presidential election, we still find ourselves mired in the COVID-19 pandemic. Everywhere, we hear it: “I’m ready to get back to normal.” People from all walks of life seem …

Whatever the outcome of the 2020 elections, all you really need to know about the two presidential candidates was evident in how they reacted Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Politicians always hype up the importance of the race they’re running. This year is certainly no exception. “The stakes are high,” they say, and “this is a turning point,” and “this is the most consequential election in my lifetime.” And so on.

I buckle my seat belt when driving to be prepared for an accident that I hope never comes. Some gardening practices are done in the hopes they aren’t needed. Prevention is better than treatment after the fact.

Seeing him in person after nearly 30 years took me back, but hearing his voice again sealed the time hop. The flat, nasal Great Plains twang with an upward inflection, almost sing-song, on certain words for emphasis, like he’s leaning into what he’s trying to communicate.

Voters who have not yet cast ballots in this year’s elections will head to the polls Tuesday with many choices to make. We encourage you to participate, and more importantly at this moment, to prepare yourself to make those choices.

An elected county commissioner took issue in a public meeting Thursday with my use of the word “squawking,” which I take as a major accomplishment. Verbs are right in my wheelhouse, and I’d like to throw out a few more. Nouns, while I’m at it.

Leaves and other plant tissues are in abundance in the fall. This is the time of year when nature replenishes the soil. These materials will break down over the winter to make fertilizer for spring growth. I suggest leaving the leaves to reduce your fertilizer application next season.

This past month, we have been grateful to speak with several community groups across the region about the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. From those discussions, we know that one of the most common concerns about the facility is safety.