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Karen to Speak at The Ecological Landscape Alliance Season’s End Summit

The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) has invited me to speak on Designing with Elegant and Edible Elements at its Season’s End Summit on November 7 at the Community Harvest Project in North Grafton, MA .......

By | September 25th, 2019|Highlights & Happenings, News|Comments Off on Karen to Speak at The Ecological Landscape Alliance Season’s End Summit

Collect Native Plant Seeds in Fall

Sow seeds collected from nearby wild areas, or from plants thriving in your own yard, for well-adjusted offspring. Growing your own is a good way to save money, get your hands on hard-to-find plants, support local foodwebs and promote genetic diversity. Seeds of summer and fall blooming plants, and even some spring bloomers, are ripe in September and October.

By | September 25th, 2019|Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Collect Native Plant Seeds in Fall

Choosing the Best Native Plants for Wildlife

Research on wildlife value of every single native plant species and cultivar in every genus in every region simply has not been done, but we have lots of clues and resources. And we can keep looking and learning.

By | September 20th, 2019|Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Choosing the Best Native Plants for Wildlife

In Praise of Aggressive Native Plants – Even if They’re Pink

A garden coaching client's bed of Physostegia virginiana totally changed my perspective about this aggressive native plant. Now this stalwart perennial tops my list of plants that are beautiful, support wildlife and solve problems. Read about how this plant solved a big erosion problem with style.

By | September 15th, 2019|Garden Coaching, Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on In Praise of Aggressive Native Plants – Even if They’re Pink

Make Your Own Herb Salt

Make your own herb salt and you’ll never have to wait for an occasion special enough to dip into such a costly condiment. Read how Karen Bussolini makes fast and easy herb salt with cheap, organic herbs that she grows herself.

By | August 28th, 2019|How-To's|Comments Off on Make Your Own Herb Salt

Encourage Self-Sowing Plants to Go Forth and Multiply

Fertile, self-sowing, open-pollinated plants are full of genetic diversity and food for pollinators. They often charmingly appear in places we’d never think to plant them.

By | August 10th, 2019|Clues, How-To's|Comments Off on Encourage Self-Sowing Plants to Go Forth and Multiply

A Perennially Changing Garden

I love the way everything about my sunny sideyard garden changes throughout the growing season. And I love the act of artful (and occasionally ruthless) tweaking.

By | August 3rd, 2019|Views|Comments Off on A Perennially Changing Garden

Reduce Artificial Light at Night

Moths are drawn to light. They exhaust themselves flying toward strong security lights and die or get picked off by predators (bats, birds, rats, mice). More than 60% of invertebrates are nocturnal. The Xerces Society’s advice on being thoughtful about night lighting to help fireflies helps a lot of insects - and saves energy too.

By | July 25th, 2019|Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Reduce Artificial Light at Night

Which Native Plants Support the Most Life?

How do we support resilient local food webs? Entomologist Doug Tallamy notes that caterpillars transfer energy into the food web better than anything else, so we need to increase their numbers. Dr. Tallamy's research shows that some native plants are more ecologically productive too, that 5% of our native plants make 75% of the food that drives food webs.

By | July 15th, 2019|Clues, Garden Coaching, Great Plants|Comments Off on Which Native Plants Support the Most Life?

Restoring Insects to Our Landscapes – Every Yard Counts

Curiosity about how things really work in nature led me to world of environmental scientists who deal in facts, not just feelings. The more I learn from them, the more I know that what we do at home makes a difference (positive or negative) and that every yard counts. Entomologist Doug Tallamy has given substance and urgency to the importance of restoring insects to our landscapes. He speaks eloquently on “Restoring the Little Things That Run the World” (i.e. insects).

By | July 2nd, 2019|Garden Coaching, Views|Comments Off on Restoring Insects to Our Landscapes – Every Yard Counts