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An ordinary table knife works well for precision weeding close to plants. LOGAN WERLINGER/FORUM NEWS SERVICE

Grab your gardening gloves and get smarter while weeding

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Garden dirt might make you smarter. Research by the American Society for Microbiology indicates that exposure to Microbacterium vacae is believed to increase learning behavior by stimulating the neurons in the brain. Luckily this bacterium occurs naturally in garden soil.


I should eat it by the spoonful, but maybe I’ll wait for conclusive research. Two great ways to come in close proximity to garden soil are the June projects of weeding and thinning the vegetable garden.

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