Monthly Archives: October 2016

The scourge of shot-hole borers

We have been infested with a new invasive non-native pest, and it isn’t pretty. This beetle is killing trees all over southern California. The nasty little insect has the unglamorous name of polyphagous shot-hole borer. Breaking down the name, “poly” … Continue reading

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Adventures in keeping urban chickens

I have been keeping hens for six and a half years now. I started with three adult hens of about one and a half years of age in the spring of 2010. I wanted pullets, but the farmer sold me … Continue reading

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