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 rejuven [...]
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 munching on garden insect pests) it’s t [...]
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 hea [...]
A crow on a barren branch in Death Valley, California.
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 b [...]
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 evid [...]
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 [...]
This honeybee is dusted with yellow pollen, which it will inadvertently transfer to other flowers as it gathers nectar and pollen to bring back to the nest. Photo: Suzanne DeJohn
It’s National Pollinator Week, a time to celebrate the hardworking bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and other insects and animals that promote healthy e [...]
An ornamental cherry, Prunus virginiana, breaking bud in early April in Wisconsin.
Gardeners tend to be keen observers. We watch for the first emerging bulbs in spring, check daily on our ripening tomatoes so we can harvest them at their peak, keep a close eye on the weather so we can protect plants if a late frost threatens. If you enjoy [...]