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Help Monarchs by Planting Milkweed in Your Garden

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Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on butterfly milkweed plants. The eggs hatch about four days after they are laid, and the tiny caterpillars, with their dramatic stripes, take about two weeks to grow to their greatest size — during which time they eat butterfly milkweed plants exclusively. Here, a monarch caterpillar is just beginning its m [...]

Birds Make Themselves at Home in Vegetable Garden

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Cardinals nesting in Tammy Waldrop’s cherry tomato plant Though it seems unlikely that birds would build a nest in a tomato plant, they’ve done it twice in Tammy Waldrop’s garden in New Caney, TX. Gracie The first nest of cardinals was built in a Sungold cherry tomato plant back in 2006, about the first week of June, Tammy s [...]

Gift Ideas for Gardeners — from Gardeners!

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Glass Greenhouse Ornament Need a gift for a gardener? Ask a gardener! To assemble this list, we put a call out to our “company of gardeners,” asking for their favorites. Here’s what they suggest: Harvest Storage Crate Dalton: I like to give bundled gifts that serve more than one purpose. That’s why I am planning to gi [...]

Introducing Intervale: Hand-Picked Gifts Inspired by Nature

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Find nature-inspired décor and sure-to-please gifts at Serene & Green Home, one of our new Shop by Inspiration collections. What’s in a name? In our case, quite a lot! Gardener’s Supply is proud to have grown up in an area called “the Intervale,” a river valley filled with farms and forestland just minutes from do [...]

Easy-Care Fruits: Currants, Mulberries and More

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Fruit on the mulberry tree June 24 Between all of the weeding and feeding, I am definitely noticing some major plant growth. All of the sudden, tomato branches need to be fastened to their supports as they begin to reach outward and upward. There’s lots of fruit development in the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, as well as many garden [...]

Jennifer’s Journal: Welcoming Beneficial Wildlife

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Potatoes are an unusual crop in that you bury the plant as it grows. June 24 Some quick gardening between rainstorms: I weeded beds and fertilized the tomatoes, thinned the newly planted lettuce and hilled all of the potatoes. I also set up a Small Animal Barrier to protect the lettuce from neighborhood critters. June 26 At some point, as you [...]

Hummingbirds at Home

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Anna’s Hummingbird with nestlings. Photo: National Audubon Society (Paul Marto) About the Writer This post comes from an article written by Scott Weidensaul, which appeared in the May-June 2013 issue of Audubon Magazine. Reprinted with permission. Vermont Event If you live in Vermont, consider attending Hummingbirds at Home, a workshop [...]

My First Year with Backyard Bees

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Bees entering the hive Me, setting up a new hive Bees have always fascinated me. My father was a passionate gardener and I grew up with 11 siblings tending our family garden and our 32 apple, pear and cherry trees. There were bees everywhere — all kinds of bees. We tolerated the occasional bee stings because we knew that the bees were vital t [...]
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