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

Plant a Menagerie for Kids

Plant a Menagerie for Kids If we want to share our love of gardening with the kids in our lives, we need to give them something fun to remember. Tickle their fancy with plants named after the animals they resemble - in a pot, in a plot or as a secret to share.  Bat-faced cuphea [...]

By | June 28th, 2019|How-To's|Comments Off on Plant a Menagerie for Kids

Provide Safe Nesting Materials for Birds

Providing nesting material helps birds save energy otherwise expended looking for it, but what materials? Birds will construct nests with whatever they find. When filling nesting balls or leaving nesting material outdoors, make sure it's non-toxic, untreated materials that don’t absorb moisture, degrade or entangle baby birds ...

By | May 14th, 2019|How-To's|Comments Off on Provide Safe Nesting Materials for Birds

Early Spring Garden Cleanup Tips

Try to avoid compacting soil by stepping into garden beds when soil is wet. There's plenty of spring garden cleanup within arm's reach.

By | March 10th, 2019|How-To's|Comments Off on Early Spring Garden Cleanup Tips

Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs

This time of year, my p.o. box runneth over - with a bounteous crop of specialty mail order seed catalogs that get my mouth watering. With giant chemical companies owning and controlling most of the global seed market, I urge you to seek out independent seed houses. They tell you who they are right up front.

By | February 3rd, 2019|Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs

Perennials That Look Good in Winter

How do we make gardens that still look like gardens in the winter? It’s worth scoping out what perennial foliage still looks good in your garden in cold weather. Gather these "foul weather friends" together for winter garden beauty.

By | February 3rd, 2019|Clues, Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Perennials That Look Good in Winter

Birds and Bird Feeders Outside My Windows

How to help birds in winter and protect birds from predators and collisions with glass.

By | February 3rd, 2019|How-To's, Views|Comments Off on Birds and Bird Feeders Outside My Windows

Looking Across the Fall Line

Dead and dying trees provide wildlife habitat and are critical to forest health. Let's look at fallen branches and trees as natural resources rather than disposal problems.

By | February 3rd, 2019|Garden Coaching, How-To's, Views|Comments Off on Looking Across the Fall Line

Gather A Garden Wreath

Complete the cycle of the seasons by gathering greens and other plants from the garden to make a holiday wreath that will give you pleasure all winter long.

By | November 19th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Gather A Garden Wreath

Last Ditch Deer Protection

Once deer have established their winter territory, rutting bucks damage trees. Protect trees from deer scrapes and rubs with physical barriers.

By | November 11th, 2018|How-To's|Comments Off on Last Ditch Deer Protection