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Insect Shelters Provide Hope

Posted on Jan 8, 2016

Insect Shelters Provide Hope

As population levels of many important insects are seeing a steady decline due to monoculture, pesticides and loss of habitat, it’s important to remember that there are many simple and thoughtful ways we can make an enormous difference in our own backyards by increasing the availability of habitat for insects.  Beetles, moths, bees and wasps are all welcome in this garden insect shelter system constructed of found…

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HOW GREEN IS YOUR GARDEN?

Posted on Nov 22, 2015

HOW GREEN IS YOUR GARDEN?

Garden maintenance contributes to the problem of global climate change in a variety of ways. For starters, we consume energy directly by deploying the entire panoply of power equipment deemed essential for a proper modern landscape. These tools, particularly gasoline-powered equipment, generate large amounts of CO2 emissions. The fertilizers and pesticides with which gardens are routinely coddled account for still more…

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A Message From the Founder

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

A Message From the Founder

Chances are you have never thought of your garden as part of a growing effort to restore health to our planet. Neither did I, some dozen years ago. Years later when I learned what those intensive efforts of maintaining lawns and decorating with exotic flowers and shrubs had done, I set out to create a more environmentally friendly, socially responsible,…

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Why Locally-Sourced, Locally-Grown Native Plants Matter

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Why Locally-Sourced, Locally-Grown Native Plants Matter

    Have you visited your local farmer’s market this week? If you are like many of us, you might be asking some pretty specific questions of your farmers when you are vetting your food choices, such as: • Where was this food grown? How far is the farm from here? • Where did the seed come from? Is it…

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In Defense of Weeds

Posted on Aug 5, 2015

In Defense of Weeds

Some kind words on weeds. Now before you groan and roll your eyes, read on for just a moment. . . It’s important to know that weeds do not drive out plants or turf, they merely come in and fill the gap where there are bare patches. So, don’t get hysterical and spray willy-nilly with toxic chemicals. There are living…

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LAWNS – ‘I’M SORRY YOU’RE OUT!’

Posted on Apr 5, 2015

LAWNS – ‘I’M SORRY YOU’RE OUT!’

Let’s face it, outside is getting hotter, and not in a good way. We are in the midst of a record drought and our gardens are suffering. This is my reality, it is a painful reality for a passionate gardener. Sigh. Lawn replacement is getting some well-deserved buzz and I’m an advocate myself. Old water hungry turf grasses and plants…

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Loving Monarchs To Death

Posted on Feb 24, 2015

Loving Monarchs To Death

  In recent years amateur conservationists have sought to replenish drastic declines in milkweed, the only plant female monarchs lay eggs on. But the most widely available milkweed for planting, is an exotic species called tropical milkweed — not the native species with which the butterflies evolved. That leads to unseasonal breeding, putting monarchs at higher risk of disease and…

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State rubber stamps expanded usage of dangerous pesticides: concerned mothers fight back

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

For decades the state has been spraying California with dangerous pesticides in populated areas for insects it considers a pest to agriculture. Each year, more and more of these pesticides are sprayed. This past December, the state of California took their “business-as-usual” approach to an even more dangerous level when it approved the Department of Food & Agriculture’s multi-million dollar…

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