Gardening Responsibly:  Pest and Insect Control

Gardening Responsibly: Pest and Insect Control

Posted on Aug 16, 2019 | by Kerry Kelley

Gardening certainly has evolved in recent years. Once upon a time, who cared about needing an arsenal of plant pharmaceuticals and fertilizers in the shed, how much water we used to keep those beds full of annuals pretty, or where our seeds or tomato plants came from? These days, it's not so easy. Before we indulge our planting passion, there are many ethical dilemmas we must overcome, regarding the use of chemicals, fertilizers, and even which plants we choose. A few state and local governments have made some of those choices for us, but there are still questions that seem to have different answers, depending on who's answering. Over the course of this series, we'll look at some of issues we're wrestling with, and what we can choose to do.


Buzzing and Humming

Buzzing and Humming

Posted on Jun 15, 2019 | by Kerry Kelley

Buzz Off, Skeeters! Is this how it seems you need to spend your summer, wrapped in protective netting whenever you go outdoors? Are you constantly slapping at those bothersome mosquitoes buzzing 'round your head? If not, thank your genetics, and consider yourself lucky. As for me, I had just about given up trying to spend a pleasant evening out of doors, and hiking in my favorite bird-watching spots was out of the question. These days, it's not just itching and irritation we have to worry about. While not common, with West Nile, Zika, and even malaria and dengue fever transmitted by mosquitoes in the US, those bites can be downright dangerous. So what are we outdoorsy types to do besides swaddle ourselves with netting, or cover ourselves with (EPA-approved, but still) chemicals?


The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Insects in the Garden

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Insects in the Garden

Posted on May 01, 2016 | by S Mason

Your garden is thriving, the leaves are green and full, and the produce or flowers are prolific. And then suddenly, they aren’t. Even the most dedicated gardener can be bested by bugs in the garden, but the trick to winning that battle is to be able to distinguish between the good bugs and the bad bugs.


Feeding Birds in Winter

Feeding Birds in Winter

Posted on Dec 01, 2015 | by J Kirkpatrick

Winters, especially when they are severe, can be hard for wild birds. The food sources that were plentiful in the spring and summer have either died or gone dormant. Snow often covers the ground hiding potential food sources, and their water supply is often frozen. Birds given high quality, high-fat foods in the winter to help them generate enough body heat, have a better chance of survival.


Butterfly Gardening - Tips & Plants

Butterfly Gardening - Tips & Plants

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 | by J Kirkpatrick

It is easy to create or convert your garden into a private retreat for native butterflies. Butterflies use plants during each stage of their life cycle - egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis) and adult (butterfly). A butterfly garden that includes plants for the entire life cycle will attract the greatest number and variety of native butterflies.


On Hummingbirds

On Hummingbirds

Posted on Apr 01, 2015 | by J Kirkpatrick

For many years I had a recurring dream about a hummingbird. He would come and tap on my back door with his beak, tap tap, tap tap, until I would wander down only to see him flash his bright colors, spread his wings, and fly away. I’ve been told that my dream was a good omen, and many a Native American story would support this. I only know that they are one of many awe inspiring marvels of nature that we have the pleasure of witnessing once the days start growing warmer.


Home Tweet Home

Home Tweet Home

Posted on Apr 01, 2015 | by S Mason

Many people like the idea of attracting birds to their outdoor space for the ambiance of watching them; their activity can provide a calm and cathartic effect on the observer. To attract more birds, people often choose to add a birdhouse or other bird features to their gardens. However, much like the factors that go into the choosing of plants as part of an overall garden design, careful consideration needs to be given to the addition of a birdhouse as well.





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