The weird weed known as horse nettle

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    It looks like a yellow cherry tomato, but it’s a poisonous plant. On You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath discusses the weird weed known as horse nettle. Plus a garden retreat that helps our veterans heal and your fabulous phone calls!

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    Questions of the Week:

    We bought our first house two years ago. Lots of old trees and space to garden, but also horse nettle, which looks like potato or eggplant, but has spikes from the tips of the leaves all the way down to the soil. It spreads like crazy, and while pulling it out makes it go away for a little while (and makes me feel good), I’m only holding the line, not winning the fight. What’s the best way for me to control this tenacious weed?

    — Maizie in Lewes, Delaware


    Learn what to do about horse nettle »

    Ken and Julia Falke

    Our featured interview this week:

    Mike speaks with Julia Falke and Ken Falke, co-founders of Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness. Boulder Crest Retreat is a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation’s military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The 37-acre retreat is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit

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