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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?

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 |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Collect Native Plant Seeds in Fall

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 |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: 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 |2020-02-11T10:38:26-05:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Make Your Own Herb Salt

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 |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00August 3rd, 2019|Categories: 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 |2020-01-31T12:26:07-05:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Reduce Artificial Light at Night