Friday , 22 June 2018

Thinking Green: What Do YOU Think?

I got a major bone to pick with a popular organic horticulturist who has a weekly column featured in a daily metropolitan newspaper in North Texas. No, this person is not our native son, Neil Sperry.  A reader sent in a simple yes or no question regarding the effectiveness of spraying 10% vinegar to rid his yard of poison ivy. Kudos to this kind reader for not going out and purchasing the toxin that kills every form of life it comes in contact with.  Instead of answering the question, the writer suggested two (in my mind very irresponsible) procedures. Manually dig up the weed by the roots or borrow a neighbor’s goat. 


Okay here’s the rub.  You would need a biohazard suit to pull up Poison Ivy.  Its poison! And it causes major skin irritations on anyone and everyone!  I don’t know a lot about goats, but I can tell you this.  Goats do not know the difference between Poison Ivy and Petunias.  So bid farewell to you hollies and hibiscus, and say so long to your roses and rhododendrons.  Once you have your new “moonscape” established get ready to shovel some serious by-product into your now useless compost pile.

Ya think I’m a little upset?  Not anymore! This just got me thinking about mixing up the format for this very column.  Aside from the wealth of information you readers receive, the true beauty of the TownSquareBuzz genre is the opportunity for interaction. I would love to field some green related questions from you in readership land. 


Here is a list of my qualifications in no particular order so you become the judge if this is worthwhile.

1. I have a regular forum in this wonderful community portal.
2. I do not possess a PHD from the Know It All University; ergo I will not assume that you are less intelligent than I.
3. I am not smart-alecky, just have a sense of humor.
4. I am a fervent believer that there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers.
5. Unless your question involves ink cartridges, I have neither magic potions nor fertilizers to sell with my name on it.
6. I am very curious and love to research things for folks.  It wards off Alzheimer’s!

There you have it dear readers. I promise if I can’t say anything nice, I won’t say anything at all.  By the way, vinegar works just peachy on Poison Ivy.  It may require additional applications, but it beats a trip to the emergency room.  For additional information on green questions just log in to the and get to typing!

Trudy Whitney is a contributing writer to  She welcomes all comments, (there’s even a space for that below), and invites readers to ask questions about taking care of our planet.  It keeps her mind from going to potting soil!

Trudy and Bill Whitney are the owners of Rapid Refill Ink, an independently owned retail franchise that refills and remanufactures inkjet and laser/toner cartridges for office and home printers. In an effort to encourage recycling, empty cartridges are brought to the store that can be reused many times.  Sustainable and recycled products were utilized in the build out of the shop located in McKinney.  For more information call 972.548.9393 or email

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