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My First Year with Backyard Bees

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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 to the […]

After the (Drought, Flood, Fire, Pest Outbreak)

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5 Steps to Creating Resilient Gardens and Landscapes Record-breaking droughts, floods and wildfires, as well as outbreaks of diseases and insects, have taken their toll on garden and landscape plants nationwide. Although it’s impossible to fully insulate your gardens and landscape against damage, there are steps you can take to rejuvenate affected plantings and build […]

Welcome Bluebirds Into Your Landscape

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I know it sounds silly, but somehow I feel like I’m a better person for having bluebirds nesting in my yard. If these brilliant icons of spring opt to spend time in my landscape, then I must be doing something right. If you, too, want to enjoy their company (and benefit from the penchant for […]

Report Links Pesticides to Children’s Health Problems

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Though cold winds chill the air and snow blankets much of the U.S., pesticide use remains a hot topic — and not only among gardeners. The most recent comments come from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health, whose December 2012 policy statement makes a clear link between pesticide exposure and children’s […]

Take a Closer Look at Crows

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All spring and summer, our fields and gardens are crowded with busy songbirds flitting in and out of feeders, carrying bits of twig and string to their nests and filling the air with their bright songs. But as autumn brings frosty nights and lengthening shadows, the songbirds depart one by one, and the landscape belongs […]

Organic: It’s Not Just About the Nutrition

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You’ve heard about the studies that show organic food might not be that much more nutritious than conventional foods. But, I wonder if that’s the reason people buy organic. If you didn’t hear about it, the conclusion, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, states: Conclusion: The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are […]

To Drink or Not to Drink?

To Drink or Not to Drink?

Our Super Slim Hose, left, and Super Slim Coil Hose, right, are made from drinking water-safe polyurethane. A spate of recent news stories have cited a May 2012 study by the Ecology Center that recommends that homeowners seek drinking water-safe garden hoses. The study highlights the potential health hazards of drinking water from some types […]

Hey gardeners: be sure to thank the pollinators

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It’s National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate the hardworking bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects and animals that promote healthy ecosystems. Protecting pollinators isn’t just good for the planet; it’s good for you, too — because about one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. […]

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