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How Fast do Weeds Grow?

My garden is living proof that plants need food, water and sunshine to grow. I provided water and fertilizer but the backyard was sunny for only a part of the day. This year, we moved the garden to the side of the house and WOW! It turns out a lot more sun spurs a lot more growth. Our plants are doing well. Unfortunately, so are the weeds. Which makes me wonder, why do weeks seem to grow so quickly?

“Actually weeds don’t grow faster than other plants, weeds just time things a lot better,” said Steve Bowe, a group leader in Biology Research and Development at BASF told me.

Silicon or Silicone?

You might think the word play of silicon and silicone is a little like the debate over “you say tomato (toh-may-toe) and I say tomatoe” (toh-mah-toe). But while it might seem like the two words can switched easily and mean the same thing, they simply can’t be. Silicon and silicone are, in reality, two different things.

Silicon is a natural chemical found pretty much everywhere on Earth. That’s because silicon is a primary component in sand. Take a look at sand using a magnifying glass and you’ll find silicon pretty easily because it is usually found in crystal form.

North Carolina’s Massive Problem With Giant Mosquitoes thanks to Hurricane Florence

 It’s the kind of buzz you don’t want to generate. Some of the largest mosquitoes in the world are landing and biting in the Tar Heel state and it’s all thanks to Hurricane Florence. An outbreak of blood-sucking mosquitoes called Psorophora ciliata, or “gallinippers,” is being reported in parts of the state hit hardest by flooding generated by the hurricane. That species of mosquito can grow three times larger than regular mosquitoes.

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