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Cedar Co. Group On Kansas Mission

Mission trips may conjure up visions of jungles, mosquitos and cooking over open fires for some but for a mixed group of adults and youth from Cedar County, their trip was just a jaunt south to Kansas.

“I have taken a group on a mission trip for thirteen years, since I became a priest,” said the Rev. Jim Keiter of St. John the Baptist parish in Fordyce.

When Keiter began his first year as a priest at Sacred Heart parish in Norfolk, he did some research about mission work and hooked up with the Catholic Heart Work Camp group based in Florida. He is a chaplain and director for the heart work camp and this past year was on the road five weeks out of the summer but that is only a fraction of what the work camp accomplishes in a year. They have a presence in 50 cities across the nation every summer with anywhere from 250 to 450 youth volunteers every week.

This summer Keiter took a small group of 10 adults and youth to Wichita and broke a barrier for rural northeast Nebraska. It was a new concept for Catholics in Cedar County.

“There seems to be a mindset that rural parishes cannot do what big city parishes do,” said Keiter. But he has seen great things come from these week-long experiences and is anxious to see rural participation grow. Some people believe you have to go out of the country to help the needy but there are plenty of poor people right here in the United States. Take for instance, Keiter said studies in Fremont show 82 percent of the residents there have a high school education or less.

“We go to people in need and help the elderly, lonely,” Keiter said. ‘The concept is to serve, it’s our mission and part of our faith whether we are rural or urban.”

The mission statement for the Catholic Heart Work Camp is, “To share the love of Christ as we serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the marginalized in any way needed; equally, to inspire participants to live as disciples of Christ through serving others as a way of life; and to foster the Catholic Faith of each participant through the sacraments, prayer and involvement in social service.”

Each day starts early with mass followed by a bus ride to a work site. The 10 Cedar County participants were split up, each joining a different work group. They were all assigned a work project and had to complete the work in one week. The homes needed paint outside and inside, repairs, cleaning especially in several homes where residents were hoarders, landscaping outside and along the way they spread their faith.

At 3:30 p.m., the work groups were brought to a central location, typically a high school gym where the campers participated in a retreat event with prayers, music videos, talks and skits. At the week’s end they were encouraged to live out the experience of serving when they went home.

The individual work camps are organized by a team of eight to ten college kids who apply for the positions which are similar to internships. Eight teams cover all the sessions throughout the summer and assemble the food, tools and all the supplies for the work sessions.

“I heard Father talk about the mission trip in church one Sunday and thought that sounded interesting,” said Jackson Eickhoff of Fordyce. He convinced his best friend Jason Becker it would be a neat experience.

“We met new people, saw new places; it was a cool experience,” said Becker. “I liked helping people and it opened my eyes – not everyone is as fortunate as we are here.”

When the friends got to the work camp in Wichita, they were split into different work crews and given their jobs. The youth volunteers came from all over the United States and were mixed up into crews so the Cedar County group met people from the four corners and all walks of life.

Eickhoff and Becker found the people they wanted to help to be a little wary of them.

“They weren’t friendly, a little scared of us but when we kept coming back, they warmed up to us,” Eickhoff said.

The work camp provided all the crews with lunches and the people at the work sites offered them water. Some of the residents were churchgoers and the last evening they were invited to attend a pot luck and a night of sharing at the school gym for everyone.

Adult chaperone Jody Paulsen of Menominee was familiar with mission trips. She and her family settled in Nebraska five years ago and belong to St. Joseph parish in Constance. She grew up as a Methodist and when she was young, her family would go on mission trips every year. The Catholic Heart Work Camp is a much grander scale than the trips she took as a child and now as a convert, she enjoyed the trip and the new memories.

“It was so interesting to watch the Cedar group get all mixed up with kids from all over,” Paulsen said. “They really opened up. It showed in the evenings when they were in the retreat sessions and interacting with other kids.”

As Paulsen drove a suburban of kids to the week-long experience, it was amusing for her to hear the comments on the way down and then the comments on the way home. She usually carpooled some of the kids to and from school events and they were used to talking in her vehicle. At first they were all apprehensive. They wondered if it would be too much church and they really didn’t know what was going to happen.

“On the way home I was pleasantly surprised to realize there is more faith and church inside these kids than we know,” said Paulsen.

Deacon Rod Wiebelhaus also went as an adult chaperone and had never been on a mission trip. He was very surprised how well the Catholic Heart group organized the work camp.

“I was the head of our crew and I had seven guys from everywhere, didn’t know a one of them,” said Wiebelhaus. “We helped this 78-year-old elderly woman who had lost her son and then had a heart attack. Her house needed painting.” He said she was a little lost and didn’t have much faith but as the week passed and the kids kept coming back, talking to her, they eventually convinced her to join them for the last evening to share their week and a pot luck meal.

“We were all surprised and, you know, pleased she got up at the pot luck and said how thankful she was for the help…I think we changed her life,” said Wiebelhaus.

Wiebelhaus said each volunteer was in charge of an area like tools, meals, drinks and safety and the organization was great.

“It was hard work; We had to work together to get all the work done,” said Wiebelhaus.

“We had to paint three coats, clean gutters and make minor repairs. It was not simple work and getting everyone on the same page took a day or two. Teamwork was a big part.” The evenings were just as challenging he said. During the week-long retreat, singing and talks led to some serious personal conversations.

For Keiter, the retreats revive him for his weekly parish responsibilities.

“Part of me hates to leave my parish for those five weeks, and I surely get ideas from parents and students for teaching, but these youth are young at heart and seeing their service gives me new ideas for preaching,” said Keiter. “These kids are so vibrant and full of life; I’m rejuvenated.”

Keiter assembled 20 packets for interested volunteers from the Cedar County area for next year’s session in Knoxville. After Eickhoff and Becker told all their friends what a great time they had, Keiter handed out all the packets.

“I look forward to going back,” said Becker. “I will be more comfortable and I enjoyed the work and helping others.”

“It was a special time to come closer to Christ,” said Eickhoff.

Paulson works out of the Omaha Archdiocese Office of Evangelization and Catechesis so supporting faith formation is important to her.

“The mission was a beautiful experience; I see the Catholic faith is alive in our young people in Cedar County,” said Paulson. “They have a personal relationship with Christ and faith is on fire in our kids.”

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Essential California: The boy who will climb Mt. Everest

Good morning. It is Saturday, Oct. 3. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:


Understanding crime: The rise in gang crime in South Los Angeles suggests the limits of community policing, writes columnist Sandy Banks. And Mayor Eric Garcetti’s suggestion that gang intervention workers can persuade shot callers to agree to a truce shows a total lack of understanding. “If only the bargain was that easy to strike and the process that civil. These days even gang interventionists have targets on their backs,” Banks writes. Los Angeles Times

Education policy: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Friday that he would leave the Obama administration. What did his tenure mean for California? He “had a sometimes stormy relationship with California, despite its status as a stronghold of support for Democrats and the Obama administration.” Los Angeles Times

Wage delay: Santa Monica’s City Council members like the idea of increasing the minimum wage, but they’re not quite ready to do it. Politicians there want more details on tips, sick leave and possibly exemptions before they sign off on a higher wage. Santa Monica Daily Press

Preparing for snow: Operators at California’s ski resorts are hoping that this winter’s El Niño dumps plenty of snow on their mountain tops. But if it doesn’t, they’re preparing for discounts and other incentives. Visits to the state’s ski resorts have dropped 40% since 2010. “The past few seasons have been tough, and visitors are apprehensive about purchasing a season pass. We want to give them the confidence they need to make that purchase and know they got a good value no matter what the weather does,” said the chief marketing officer for Mountain High in Wrightwood. Los Angeles Times

Water restrictions: There have been lots of mixed messages on the best ways to save water outside. Here are five tips on how you can save water and your landscaping. “People are trying to do the right thing, but they’re not sure how to do that,” said Paula Henson, a partner in the rainwater management landscape design firm Urban Water Group. Los Angeles Times

Young mountaineer: An 11-year-old from Yorba Linda is getting ready to climb Mt. Everest. If he is successful, Tyler Armstrong will be the youngest person to climb the mountain. He’s used to setting records, having done so on trips up Mt. Whitney, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina. His goal is to be the youngest person to trek the Seven Summits and raise $1 million for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the process. Orange County Register

Iconic street: Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles is one of the top five great streets in America. That’s the finding of the American Planning Assn. “Family-owned storefronts and cafes have been around for nearly 100 years and are evidence of the deep roots many have on Olvera Street,” according to the group. LAist

Fashionable choice: Are kilts making a comeback? A store specializing in the garment just opened in Pasadena. “We can put you in a kilt for construction work, we can put you in a kilt for office work, we can put you in a kilt for the golf course or basically anything in between,” said the shop’s owner. 89.3 KPCC


1. The top water user in California lives in Bel-Air and used a whopping 8 million gallons. The homeowner’s annual Department of Water and Power bill probably came to $90,000. Center for Investigative Reporting

2. A Corona del Mar homeowner had some adorable visitors show up in backyard. The bobcat kittens decided that the grassy lawn was the perfect spot for a play date. Los Angeles Times

3. Many older immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally are accustomed to living quietly and doing their best to avoid interactions with government officials. Their children, however, are shouting their status and challenging the country’s immigration laws. Los Angeles Times

4. Visitors from the Middle East help keep the Beverly Hills economy afloat, but two recent high-profile crimes in the area are bringing new attention to what it means to cater to tourists. Los Angeles Times

5. How did a mountain lion get himself on top of a 35-foot utility pole near Cougar Buttes? The Daily Press


Homes for the unwanted: In Los Angeles County, there are more than 800 children in a foster care system that is overseen by probation officials. These are young people who have committed a crime and been abused or neglected. “Few are placed in foster homes, and adoptions are even rarer: Only seven such children have ever been adopted in California, despite stepped-up efforts by some probation agencies to find more permanent homes.” Los Angeles Times

Political outlook: Race is not something that state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris talks about very often, even as the child of immigrants from Jamaica and India. “I don’t wear my experiences on my sleeve. But my experiences do inform my perspective on the work I do, and on what I believe is possible,” she said. Los Angeles Times


Tuesday: Loyola Marymount University will install a new president.

Friday: Musician John Lennon’s 75th birthday will be celebrated on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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City officials bring back ideas from Copenhagen trip – Columbus Ledger

City Manager Isaiah Hugley and W.C. Bradley executive John Turner were among 27 civic leaders from 13 cities across the United States who spent a week in Copenhagen, Denmark, in late September to learn that city’s approach to modern urban living.

The trip, which was sponsored and funded by the Knight Foundation, focused on how the city stresses bicycle and pedestrian travel and creates welcoming public spaces, sometimes in unlikely places.

Hugley said he and Turner learned a lot from the trip and came up with three specific ideas that could translate into Columbus’ urban landscape.

“Columbus can’t be a Copenhagen and we shouldn’t want to be Copenhagen. We have a great city that I am very proud of,” Hugley said. “I do believe that we can learn many things from Copenhagen regarding the use of public space, public places, public transit, walking and biking infrastructure, and making our city a better people-place.”

Hugley said some of the things Columbus has already done, or has either the plans or the desire to do, fit well with what they saw in Denmark. The Chattahoochee RiverWalk, Hugley said, is an invaluable civic asset and should be a larger attraction. He also pointed to the city’s proposal to build more than 27 miles of bike/pedestrian paths to connect to existing and planned paths that would create a 60-mile grid.

“Once done, all trails will connect walkers, joggers and bikers to our jewel and focal point — the RiverWalk,” Hugley said. “It’s a great amenity, but we have to figure out how to get more people down to that area. We have to have more activity, coffee shops or things that will attract people.”

Turner said Copenhagen is a good example of how an inner city doesn’t have to be built around cars. In fact, 45 percent of its residents walk or use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, he said, and it’s likely because it’s easier than driving there.

“You’d go to a train station you’d see a thousand bicycles parked,” Turner said. “And you’d think, if every one of those bicycles represented a car, where would they go? What kind of infrastructure would you need to accommodate them?”

Another idea Hugley and Turner came up with was to make better use of the Government Center’s outdoor plaza on the north side of the complex. After the Oklahoma City bombing, Sept. 11 terrorist attack and a recent state law expanding the places where citizens can carry guns, the city had to basically “lock down” government buildings. The building is difficult to get into and has a lot of wasted space as a result.

“We know that with the courts being in the Government Center, it’s a challenge,” Hugley said. “So how can we regain use of the plaza at the Government Center? How do we open it back up and make it a people-friendly place, with the security challenges that we have?”

Hugley said the public space, both hardscape and green space around the City Services Center could similarly be more welcoming to the public.

The third idea they would like to see the city explore involves the Liberty District, the area surrounding the historic Liberty Theatre, once a centerpiece in the black arts and cultural community.

Except for the renovated theater itself, the surrounding area consists primarily of blighted buildings and vacant lots, but Hugley said with the right approach, he thinks the neighborhood could see a renaissance.

Hugley said there was a presentation in Copenhagen called “Better Block,” which demonstrated ways to show people a place’s potential when it otherwise wouldn’t be apparent. Organizers basically create a temporary situation in a blighted or vacant area, setting up landscaping, temporary shops and cafes and such, creating an illusion of what might be possible, Turner said.

“We saw a lot of images of these places coming to life just for a weekend, just to show that it’s possible,” he said. “It was really interesting and pretty inspiring, too, in terms of what’s possible if you just get folks to think a little differently about their neighborhoods.”

Hugley said the second Knight Cities Challenge, which is currently soliciting ideas for civic improvement, could be a source of funding to create such a program in the Liberty District. All it takes is for someone to come up with a plan, submit it to the Knight Foundation and hope for the best, Hugley said.

Turner said Columbus is already moving forward with some of the ideas that they came across in Copenhagen, to the point that leaders from some other cities on the tour were “envious.”

“It was interesting being with mayors and city managers and planners from other cities,” Turner said. “If you live here, you think about our frustrations, but compared to some other places, they were very envious of how functional Columbus appears to be to them.”

In addition to Hugley and Turner, participants in the trip came from Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Grand Forks, N.D.; Gulfport, Miss.; Lexington, Ky.; Long Beach and San Jose, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; and Miami, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach in Florida. The officials were from local governments, the private sector, nonprofits and local foundations.

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‘There Is No Next Bus’: Husband and Daughter of Oregon Shooting Victim Kim …

When Eric Dietz – husband of Kim Dietz, one of the nine fatal victims of the Oregon shooting – showed up at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon, he knew not whether his wife nor his daughter were alive.

Dietz’ brother had called him an hour or so beforehand. There was a shooting on campus at Umpqua Community College, his brother said. Both Dietz’ wife, Kim, and his 18-year-old daughter, Shannon, attended the school. Dietz hopped in his truck and drove as fast as he could to find his family.

On the way, Dietz called the Douglas County Sheriff’s dispatcher. “Where can I get information?” he asked. “What can I do?”
“It’s all still new,” the dispatcher told him. “Nothing is set up yet.”
“Well I’m driving there,” Dietz said.

Campus was blocked off by the time Dietz arrived. Officials at the scene told him evacuees were being bused to the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Dietz headed back south again.

At the fairgrounds, a woman recognized Dietz and approached him. She was in a classroom with Kim, she said. They’d heard shooting noises. Kim went to look out the door. Someone shot her. She fell back into the room and died there. His daughter Shannon was on campus too, waiting for her class to start, when a teacher suddenly gathered everyone in the student center together into the middle of the room and turned off the lights. There was a shooter on campus, the students figured out thanks to their phones. Maybe one person was dead; maybe two. Shannon had no idea where her mom was.

“One girl was crying the whole time,” she said. “After awhile several people were crying. I was worried. But I was trying to keep calm and not freak myself out.” A police officer showed up and led the students out of the room into another building. The group remained there for 10 or 20 minutes, Shannon tells PEOPLE, before the lockdown lifted and she and the others boarded a bus for the fairgrounds.

“There’s no way to describe the relief I felt when Shannon came down off that bus,” Eric tells PEOPLE. The woman who’d told him his wife was shot and killed, he decided to consider that “hearsay,” he adds. He didn’t share it with his daughter. He hoped for the best. But as each bus arrived with no Kim on board, that hoped diminished. Finally, a police officer emerged from one of the buildings.

“If you’re waiting for someone to come in on the next bus,” the officer said, “there is no next bus.”
Eric and his daughter hugged each other and went inside. They checked with area hospitals and spoke with some FBI agents. Later that night, FBI agents came with the sad, confirmed news. Kim was killed in the shooting.

Kim loved mermaids and gardening and animals, Eric says. Their house, on a 38-acre vineyard in the Umpqua Valley, is littered with mermaid posters. She did ceramics. She doted on the family’s two Great Pyrenees dogs, hoping they could one day serve as therapy animals for the local veteran’s hospital. She liked the ocean. She turned fallow poppy fields at the winery into beautiful gardens.
“She loved the beauty here,” Eric said. “The turning of the seasons.”

Kim Was a Helper

Kim and Eric Dietz moved to southern Oregon from San Juan Capistrano in Orange County in 2008 with Shannon to pursue a dream. They moved onto property on the banks of the South Umpqua River as caretakers of a brand new winery called Pyrenees, named for the mountain range straddling northern Spain and the South of France. They didn’t make much money, but they got to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

“She definitely fell in love with Oregon,” the winery’s owner, Robert Stryk, tells PEOPLE.
Kim, 59, handled the landscaping, Stryk said, while Eric manages the winery itself, tending the vineyards. She worked hard. “She loved her garden,” Stryk says. “She cultivated the flowers. She loved sitting on the tractor mowing the law in her little hat. She treated this place like it was hers.”

Kim grew up in a small town north of England, Stryk says, and she loved to talk about that. “She had the greatest stories,” Stryk says. “You knew if Kim came to dinner you’d be regaled with stories. She was a very neat woman. Just so cool.”

Their daughter graduated from high school last year, and had just started classes at Umpqua Community College. Kim decided to take some classes too. “She was just trying to gain some more life experience,” Stryk adds.

On Thursday morning, Stryk flipped on the television at his home in California and saw something on the news about Roseburg. He called Eric, who told Stryk his wife was missing. Eric went to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to find both his wife and his daughter. The girl arrived on the last bus from campus. Kim never showed up.

Kim was in the classroom next door to the shooter, Stryk tells PEOPLE. When she heard the shooting, her instincts as a former park ranger kicked in. “She popped her head out,” he said, “that’s when he shot her. Kim’s attitude would have been to run towards a shot, not away from it. She was a helper.”

As he remembered her, Stryk walked across to the riverfront, to Kim’s favorite spot, to where she liked to pull out her “Annie Oakley gun,” as Stryk called it, and fire the heavy revolver into the sky, just for fun. “I couldn’t even hold that gun, it had such a big kickback,” he said. “For somebody to take her out, they really had to take her out. She was a tough woman.”
As Stryk spoke, a blue heron flew past a turtle nest. Kim’s canoe lay shrouded in the bushes upstream.
“It’s funny,” Stryk says. “You think you leave the city for a safe place, and then evil is brought to you.”

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Don’t worry about failure, says gardening expert Melinda Myers at Wings and …

LEESBURG — It may not take an expert’s know-how to create and maintain a lush, colorful garden, sure to attract and support winged ones and the environment.

But it helps to be able to get advice from one.

Gardening expert Melinda Myers lent her best tips during the fourth annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival, which continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and wraps up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Venetian Gardens on Dixie Avenue in Leesburg.

“I encourage people to start with a small patch, or try container gardening and build from there,” said Myers, a keynote speaker on Friday night along with birding expert James Currie. “Maybe find a friend in the neighborhood to team up with to learn together and share in the harvest. We have all had our failures, but even those are learning lessons and sometimes the best results are accidents.”

Gardening and birding seminars, including the “Art Of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape” and “No-Lawn Florida Friendly Landscapes,” will be held today at the festival, which also features indoor and outdoor exhibits, kids educational activities and more. Birding field trips, paddling trips, guided nature walks and boat tours are also happening at the nature spots around the county.

As for Myers, she was enthused about coming to Lake County for the first time in one of about 100 stops during her winter tour to share how easy it is to create affordable and manageable habitats for birds, butterflies, bees and helpful insects by landscaping with wildflowers and native species of plants, especially in Central Florida’s mild climate.

She has penned more than 20 gardening books, is a columnist for “Birds Blooms” magazine and hosts the syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment.”

“I encourage people to start with a small patch, or try container gardening and build from there,” she said. “Maybe find a friend in the neighborhood to team up with to learn together and share in the harvest. We have all had our failures, but even those are learning lessons and sometimes the best results are accidents.”

Some plants she recommends for area gardeners to plant that have a positive impact on the environment include rose hibiscus, which is great for hot, summer months; penstemon and beard’s tongue, which attract birds of all kinds; and lantana, cone flowers and pentas flowers for attracting butterflies and native honeysuckle to bring hummingbirds into view. And as much as certain plants are necessary to help feed winged ones, they may not be the same ones that help them reproduce.

Lake Parks Trails specialist Gallus Quigley, another keynote speaker, said that by even making a small garden at home with these types of plants, winged visitors are attracted and the native species support biodiversity up to 40 times more than non-native species of plants.

“Part of the festival’s job is to educate people about the connectivity of things and to get a complete view of how to be a helpful participant in the lattice work of nature,” said Quigley, an avid birder for 25 years. “Pollinating plants are massively important for insects and butterflies and birds as one out every three spoonfuls of food we eat rely on the pollinators to keep it growing.”

The concept of a no-lawn landscape, which many aspire to, is great to save on mowing time and to conserve water, but Myers and Quigley said it may be a little intimidating to those who are just getting started on their eco-friendly approach to gardening.

Myers stresses to both longtime and novice gardeners that just because a plant is native to the area doesn’t always mean it is right for a space, so it is good to do some research.

“Sometimes native plants begin to take over space, but there are ways of blending them with domestic plants and using fencing that help to manage them. Even natural needs to be managed, but just get started,” she said.

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PLATEAU GARDENING: Tips for autumn insect pests

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015 12:41 pm

PLATEAU GARDENING: Tips for autumn insect pests   

By C. Rae Hozer

Crossville Chronicle

Hornworms: While harvesting the last handfuls of cherry tomatoes from my little vegetable plot last week I spotted a tomato hornworm (species Manduca quinquemaculata L.). Actually, the larva I encountered was a close relative called the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta L.). Both are larvae for moths known commonly as “sphinx” or “hawk” moths that feed on solanaceous vegetation which includes cultivated plants like tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and tobacco as well as weeds like horsenettle and nightshade. 

These guys can cause a lot of damage feeding on foliage of garden plants during the summertime. That’s when food made in plant leaves is critical to good fruit production. I’d actively seek out and remove hornworms during July and August while tomatoes are forming to prevent the caterpillars stripping all the top leaves off my plants. However, it’s now autumn and the crop is about finished. Tomato vines will soon be pulled up and discarded. Spotting a hornworm at this time isn’t a big deal. I do still remove and get rid of any I find, though because when mature these caterpillars drop to the ground, go into the soil to pupate and overwinter. Any larvae eliminated now means fewer moths emerging in my garden next spring to produce another hornworm generation. Both of these hornworm larvae are large, stubby, green caterpillars without hair that have white angled markings along their sides. The tobacco hornworm has seven diagonal white lines and a horn or tail at one end which is reddish in color. The tomato hornworm’s horn is black or bluish-black and along its sides there are eight white marks which look to me like “V’s” lying down with the open end toward the horn and the pointy part going the other way. (Hornworms hide from the hot midday sun. If looking for them in your garden, do it in early morning, in the evening, or on a cloudy afternoon.) I made the tobacco hornworm identification based upon a red horn. Learn more about these garden pests and view photos online at

It was dusk when I left the garden. My intention was to snap a picture the next morning when the light was better. I cut off the tomato branch the hornworm was clinging to and propped that up against the edge of my tool bucket which I left on the front porch overnight. In the morning, camera in hand I went looking for that specimen but the hornworm was gone. It seems the proverbial early bird got my worm, before I could get the photo.

Bagworms: After reading about tent caterpillars, a neighbor asked about bagworms. Bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) are the larval form of yet another moth species. This pest is commonly found on needle evergreens like eastern red cedar, junipers and arborvitae but may be found on pines, spruce, bald cypress, as well as on broadleaf plants like maple, willow, black locust, oaks and roses. Loss of all foliage on a branch permanently disfigures some host plants because the evergreens can’t replace needles as a broadleaf plant replaces its foliage. Since leaves (or in the case of evergreens the needles) are where food for the whole plant is produced and no carbohydrate production takes place when branches are naked, severe defoliation will kill an evergreen host plant. Your best defense is rigorous action during the autumn and winter months when each small (2.5 inch long) carrot-shaped bag that was home to a female bagworm has hundreds of eggs waiting to hatch from late-April through mid-May. These bags repel liquids so pesticide sprays are not effective. The best course of action is handpicking bagworms from the host plant and destroying them. Chemical controls are somewhat helpful if used when newly hatched bagworm caterpillars are first walking or floating on wind currents in search of food and have not yet generated a substantial protective bag. Get the online University of Tennessee Extension publication “SP341-U The Bagworm and Its Control” for more details.


Plateau Gardening is written by Master Gardeners for those tending home landscapes and gardens in Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland Region. UT Extension Cumberland County at P.O. Box 483, Crossville, TN 38557 (484-6743) has answers for horticulture questions, free publications and details on how to become a Master Gardener. Send email comments or yard and garden inquiries to Master Gardener Rae,

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Gardening tips for beginners and experiences for each month

Jill Zimmerman

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 9:07 pm

Gardening tips for beginners and experiences for each month

By Jill Zimmerman
K-State Extension


Gardening calendars are one of the essential gardening tools for every gardener.

My first news column of each month will be dedicated to the monthly gardening calendar. These month-by-month tips will provide you with a list of the most appropriate tasks, maintenance and projects that should be completed in your gardens, yards and flower beds. The information should be useful for both beginners and experienced gardeners.

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      Garden tips: rose mulch; lemons; lemongrass; groundcover weeds

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      October Home and Garden Style Tips

      This month is all about the home, with advice from a lifestyle expert and a brand new home décor shop.

      SAVE THE DATE: Malvern home-accessories boutique The Blue Octagon welcomes lifestyle expert India Hicks to its store for a meet-and-greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 15. The former model is the author of two books on island living and recently launched a line of jewelry, accessories and beauty items, which will be available for purchase. 335 E. King St., Malvern, (610) 640-2684. 

      NOW OPEN: Peggy Brehman has opened the area’s first Company C Studio Store right next to her Aubusson Home shop in Wayne. Founded in New Hampshire by husband-and-wife team Walter and Christine Chapin more than 20 years ago, the lifestyle brand is known for its vibrant colors and patterns. 122 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 742-9574.

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