%2 http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/regulars/all en Murder by Mulch http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/murder-mulch-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Trouble&rsquo;s brewing below the surface</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Mother Nature mulches in the fall by dropping leaves from her trees and by laying the blades of grasses or the leaves of herbaceous perennials over the soil. She covers the ground only with the waste she produces.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/murder-mulch-0" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Mulch-Volcano-casualty.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mounds of mulch can strangle trees, and as the mulch decomposes it causes toxins to accumulate in the soil. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/murder-mulch-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/murder-mulch-0#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:36:46 +0000 bayweekly_master 37593 at http://www.bayweekly.com Giants of the Chesapeake http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/giants-chesapeake <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Use light-tackle techniques for the fairest fight</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want the best odds for hooking up and landing the most and the biggest migrators in the early trophy rockfish season, then troll. A wide spread of big baits with multiple heavy-action trolling rods spooled with 30- to 50-pound line will give you a definite edge.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/giants-chesapeake" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/giant-trophy-rockfish-041317.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="57" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/giants-chesapeake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/giants-chesapeake#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:37:57 +0000 bayweekly_master 37594 at http://www.bayweekly.com Psyching out the Big Rockfish http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/psyching-out-big-rockfish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Trophy season opens in just a week</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>The trophy rockfish season is fast upon us.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;These migratory trophy-sized fish are in spawning mode. First they move up the Bay to their natal headwaters. Then, having spawned, they move back down the Bay, returning to the Atlantic. They move in pods unpredictably. Thus fishing in a fixed spot or targeting a specific area is not the most productive strategy. Constantly moving and presenting baits continually over an area as large as possible is the better method. That&rsquo;s trolling.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/psyching-out-big-rockfish" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/AlexPerez-040417.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="133" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Perez with a 40-inch rockfish taken in catch-and-release practicing for trophy rockfish season, which begins April 15. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/psyching-out-big-rockfish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/psyching-out-big-rockfish#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:14:23 +0000 bayweekly_master 37577 at http://www.bayweekly.com Pretty Flowers and Good Food http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/pretty-flowers-and-good-food <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The misnamed Jerusalem artichoke supplies both</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The Jerusalem artichoke is a sunflower cousin that gives both flowers and food. In late August and into September, bright yellow flowers cover its tall stems. Below ground, it is growing tuber-like structures on its roots that resemble pachymorphs of the bearded iris. The tubers are edible.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/pretty-flowers-and-good-food" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/jerusalem-artichokes-040617.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/pretty-flowers-and-good-food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/pretty-flowers-and-good-food#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:17:35 +0000 bayweekly_master 37584 at http://www.bayweekly.com Don’t Lose Your Trophy to Old Line http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/don%E2%80%99t-lose-your-trophy-old-line <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Proper preparation prevents poor performance</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>You can never trust Maryland&rsquo;s March weather. Another certainty is the march of time, which puts us only a couple of weeks from Trophy Rockfish Season, opening April 15. Cold or warm, snow, sleet, rain or sun, the striper season is fast arriving.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;So don&rsquo;t make opening day your first day on the water. I take at least a week for a shakedown cruise or two plus scouting trips to get ready. That means now is the time to get going.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/don%E2%80%99t-lose-your-trophy-old-line" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/don%E2%80%99t-lose-your-trophy-old-line#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:42:46 +0000 bayweekly_master 37336 at http://www.bayweekly.com Catching a Bay Treasure http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/catching-bay-treasure <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>White perch make good sport and better eating</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>March brings a springtime treasure that almost makes up for its treacherous weather: white perch. These tasty fish have just begun to show up in the creeks, though the winter storm that tormented the Northeast coast might delay the bulk of their numbers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/catching-bay-treasure" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/state-record-white-perch-mclaughlin.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beau McLaughlin of Virginia Beach with a 17-3/4-inch, three-pound-two-ounce white perch: a Virginia record. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/catching-bay-treasure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/catching-bay-treasure#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:34:43 +0000 bayweekly_master 37234 at http://www.bayweekly.com Your Garden Is Sprouting ­Winter Weeds http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/your-garden-sprouting-%C2%ADwinter-weeds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Hoe them out and bury them &mdash; or eat them</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter weeds have loved mild winter we&rsquo;ve been having. Annual bluegrass, cardamine, chickweed, henbit and mares-tale, to name a few, are twice the size they were this time last year. Unless you eradicate them now, they are likely to cover the ground by the time you&rsquo;re ready for planting. They may already be flowering and producing an abundance of seeds.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/your-garden-sprouting-%C2%ADwinter-weeds" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/chickweed-031617.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="82" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many winter weeds are edible, like common chickweed, which has a mild lettuce flavor. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/your-garden-sprouting-%C2%ADwinter-weeds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/your-garden-sprouting-%C2%ADwinter-weeds#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:38:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 37235 at http://www.bayweekly.com Testing the Late-Winter Waters http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/testing-late-winter-waters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>If an extraordinary day comes your way, grab your gear and get fishing</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dennis Doyle </div> </div> </div> <p>Friend and neighbor Frank Tuma and I were enjoying a combination shakedown cruise and yellow perch outing on the Magothy River. At Beachwood Park, we noted a number of anglers milling about with about as much success as we were enjoying, which was none. No one seemed to care. It was enough to get out on the water.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/testing-late-winter-waters" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Frank%20Tuma-pickerel-030917.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="125" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frank Tuma with his first catch of the day, a pickerel hooked on an orange-and-yellow spinner bait with a lip-hooked minnow. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/testing-late-winter-waters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/sporting-life-dennis-doyle/article/testing-late-winter-waters#comments Sporting Life by Dennis Doyle Fishing Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:11:57 +0000 bayweekly_master 37141 at http://www.bayweekly.com Put Your Ash to Work http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/put-your-ash-work <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>High in calcium and potassium, it keeps lawn and garden soil balanced</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Wood ash belongs in the garden or on the lawn, not in the trash can or in the compost bin. Wood ash is basic in nature and an excellent source of calcium, potassium and trace elements. This means ash can be used as a substitute for limestone. A five-gallon pail of wood ash will treat approximately 100 square feet of a garden or lawn with a pH of around 6.0.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/put-your-ash-work" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/wood-ash-in-garden-030917.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/put-your-ash-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/put-your-ash-work#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:13:50 +0000 bayweekly_master 37142 at http://www.bayweekly.com Time to Start Pruning Right http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/time-start-pruning-right <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Attack overgrown plants before this year&rsquo;s growth starts</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have overgrown plants that are smothering the house or taking over the landscape, now is the time to strike. Hollies, yews, viburnums, forsythia, azaleas, rhododendrons and many more take well to hard pruning. Butterfly bush should be pruned very hard, to within inches of the ground, every year.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The only plants you can&rsquo;t prune severely are conifers such as junipers, cedar, pine, spruce and fir. These species do not form adventitious buds, nor do they have latent buds capable of sprouting after all other buds have been removed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/time-start-pruning-right" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/bush_type-pruning.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="46" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/time-start-pruning-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/time-start-pruning-right#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:51:20 +0000 bayweekly_master 37050 at http://www.bayweekly.com