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Bored to Death

Emerald ash borers (EAB) are bright metallic green wood boring beetles. They play a role in decomposition of dead and dying trees in their Asian home habitats, but quickly devastate even healthy ash trees in ours.

By |2020-02-29T16:44:15-05:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Clues|Comments Off on Bored to Death

Walking and Gawking at Gardens in Florida

What a difference being outdoors in a warm, green plant-filled environment makes to a winter-weary spirit! Walking and gawking at the tropical (and subtropical) abundance in the funky, small-scale neighborhood of Pass-a-Grille Beach, squished between Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, in St. Petersburg, Florida is a treat. In this climate, things just grow and every yard is a garden.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:05-04:00February 2nd, 2020|Categories: Views|Comments Off on Walking and Gawking at Gardens in Florida

Eat a (Least Toxic) Rainbow

We're often advised to "eat a rainbow" of colored fruits and vegetables for their fiber and healthful phytochemicals (biologically active chemical compounds produced by plants). But when deciding to purchase organic produce or conventionally grown, how do you know which crops are most or least contaminated with pesticides? The Environmental Working Group issues an annual report - The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Eat a (Least Toxic) Rainbow

Carpenter Bees at Work in Home and Garden

Bees are smart. They recognize high quality food and habitat. The buzz has gone out that my house is a happening place for carpenter bees. I don't want to kill or drive carpenter bees away, I just don't want them messing with my house. Looking into their habits and life cycle gives clues to peaceful coexistence with carpenter bees.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00January 7th, 2020|Categories: Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Carpenter Bees at Work in Home and Garden

Ecologically Important Pest Dilemma

I love watching songbirds gobble down bugs and berries on the staghorn sumacs planted outside my front window and listening to owls whoo-ing nearby at night. But some wildlife - voles - have worn out their welcome by eating plants and tunneling through gardens. How do I establish self-sustaining wildlife-friendly plant communities when the wildlife keeps eating my plants? Voles and mice play an important role in ecosystems - but I want them out of my garden.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Garden Coaching, Views|Comments Off on Ecologically Important Pest Dilemma

Is Your Yard a Refuge – Or a Trap – for Pollinators?

Sometimes our good intentions backfire. Scientific research, like insect-plant relationships, is highly specific. But researchers are beginning to fill in the dearth of data and come up with some pretty good clues to answer the big question: Are native plant cultivars - "nativars" - and hybrids good for pollinators and other beneficial insects?

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Is Your Yard a Refuge – Or a Trap – for Pollinators?