Wooly Worms and Other Malarky

We as a species and society are prone to making things up, superstition and wives' tales. It shows just how primitive and gullible our thinking can be (e.g., human sacrifice to appease the gods). Ignorance and pure bullshit! I devote 20 pages (chapter 4 in my book, Rantings of a Mad Botanist) addressing this problem. The chapter is entitled Plant and Gardening Myths--I occasionally give a presentation on the topic to groups, then titled Gardening Under the Influence (of Myths). One of the entries (#56, there are 89) in chapter 4 covers wooly worms (aka tiger moth caterpillars) and the width of the middle red-brown section as an indicator of impending bad weather. I call it there and do

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.