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Solarize Your Garden

Solarize Your Garden

Solarizine your garden to get rid of pests, disease and weeds. It's easy and inexpensive to do, and it can sincrease your yield at your next planting

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What the heck is pH

What the heck is pH

pH is an abbreviation for “power of hydrogen” where “p” is short for the German word for power (potenz), and H is the element symbol for hydrogen. Why a Danish scientist used a German word is Greek to me, but he was a scientist, and I’m not, so I’ll just go with the flow. The H is capitalized because it is standard to capitalize element symbols. So now you understand about as much as I do.

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A pocket prairie in the middle of town

A pocket prairie in the middle of town

It's easy to build a pocket prairie. Get a list of native plants (your state Native Pant Society should be able to sulpply you with one.

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5 Lawn watering myths debunked!

Fifty to 75 percent of all drinking water used in municipalities goes to watering lawns and gardens. In dry summer months that can increase to 80 percent or more. The amount wasted can be enormous. As population grows, more and more water is being drawn out of underground aquifers more quickly than the aquifers can recharge. Above ground reservoirs also become stressed.

Night-blooming jasmine and angel trumpets…haunting scents of the evening

And the night-blooming flowers open, open in the same hour I remember those I love. In the middle of the viburnums the twilight butterflies have appeared. –Giovanni Pascoli, Night Blooming Jasmine  A night-blooming jasmine stands next to my front door. It has bloomed several times this year. The flowers are tiny and not showy. But…

Honey Bees,  Mites, and Neonicotinoid Insecticides…What’s causing our honey bee decline

Honey bees are disappearing at alarming rates across the globe and scientists are still scrambling to find out the causes. Since honeybees are responsible for pollinating 30% of the world’s food crops and 90% of our wild plants, the decline is something to sit up and take notice of. Significant declines in the world’s honey…

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Make your lawn a giant rainwater harvesting system

As water becomes a more precious and expensive natural resource, experts are looking at ways to conserve and extend its usefulness. This is especially true for lawns, which guzzle large amounts of drinking water, especially during long, hot summers.

Soil: A Living Layer of Earth

Good healthy plants can fend off disease and destructive insects. The absence of these microorganisms and larger organisms such as earthworms, result in compacted, lifeless soil. Lifeless soil, of course, cannot sustain life.

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