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We're Digging It

  • April snow
    What a cruel trick the weather played on all the daffodils and hummingbirds that have now been spotted in Indiana.
  • Getting a head start
    Last Sunday was a beautiful day to work in the garden. I triple hoed my vegetable garden and buried a soak hose in preparation for the upcoming season.
  • Seedlings are off to a good start
    It has been a little over a week since I started some vegetable plants from seeds. 52 out of 56 tomatoes seeds have germinated so it looks like I will be giving away quite a few plants.
Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
My 19-inch Black & Decker electric self-propelled mulching mower helps cuts down on air pollution and is easy to start.

Being as green as your lawn

I needed a new lawn mower this year and ended up with a cordless electric self-propelled mower. I decided buy an electric mower after hearing Master Gardener Laurie Proctor talk about how much pollution one mower produces.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles.

"Garden equipment engines, which have had unregulated emissions until very recently, emit high levels of carbon monoxide, VOC's and NOx producing up to 5% of the nation's air pollution and a good deal more in metropolitan areas." (

I bought a Black & Decker 19- mulching with a strong enough battery to cut my lawn. It is easy to start and is much more quiet than gas mower which enables the head lawn mower of my household to listen to audio books while mowing.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)