Help Needed for Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators

Monarch butterflies are one of the most fascinating species around. They’re the only insects to migrate to warmer climates, or hibernate through winter. Each year, 1000’s of butterflies travel 2,500 miles from Canada and the northern U.S. to Michoacan, Mexico. Miraculously, they return to the same forest year after year. The success of their migration… Continue reading Help Needed for Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators

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How to Make Fresh Yogurt

Making fresh yogurt at home is simple, green, and economical. Once you’ve tasted tangy, creamy home-made yogurt, it may be difficult to load your shopping cart with store-bought varieties. All you need is a half-gallon of milk, a heavy-bottomed pot, a food thermometer, and some yogurt culture. There are several commercial yogurt makers available, but… Continue reading How to Make Fresh Yogurt

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Dig a $50.00 hole for a $5.00 plant

An investment in a healthy foundation means young sprouts will flourish: Trees planted in fall , if properly established, will adapt to soil conditions and produce enough root expansion to flourish in spring. Digging a proper hole is the most important factor in the transplant’s survival (assuming you’ve identified the right place for the plant,… Continue reading Dig a $50.00 hole for a $5.00 plant

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Welcome Wildlife this Winter

Think Ahead Before Going Nuts With Pruners Brisk air and brown leaves beckon gardeners outdoors for one last chance to get our hands dirty before bedding down for winter. We’re tempted to hack spent branches, snip dry seedpods, and clear away all yard debris. Cool weather clean up promotes healthy spring growth; but a healthy… Continue reading Welcome Wildlife this Winter

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Parsley: The Pre- and Post-Thanksgiving Panacea

Fresh Parsley Perks up Turkey and Sticks Around for Post-Thanksgiving Relief Parsley must be one of the most overlooked herbs around. I’m guilty of forgetting about it, until the first frost kills off every other late-season green, and there it stands, proud and bright against a desolate backdrop. Parsley is one of the hardiest herbs… Continue reading Parsley: The Pre- and Post-Thanksgiving Panacea

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Take Action to Understand and Ban Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides that are widely used around the world. Initially, thought to be less damaging to birds and insects, large-scale scientific studies ultimately showed that the neonicotinoid residues absorbed by plant tissue infected pollen and nectar. Neonicotinoid use has been linked to honey bee colony collapse disorder, as well as die… Continue reading Take Action to Understand and Ban Neonicotinoids

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