Garden

Pollinator Penthouse

Build a haven for beneficial bugs in your garden Insect hotels are a gift to pollinators and a boost to the ecosystem. This type of project is becoming increasingly popular, and this past spring, it was our turn to make one, by gosh. An insect hotel is a structure that offers native bees a place to build nests, a place ...

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Counting My Crocuses

Last autumn, contrary to my better judgment, I planted seventy-five crocus bulbs. My sister had received them as a free gift with her very first online order of tulip bulbs from British Columbia. She had no place to plant them, she claimed, and so asked me if I would like to take them. And so, I popped them into the ...

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Breaking Down Bokashi

A different way to compost could change how you treat your kitchen scraps Composting has long been a great way to turn trash into treasure, converting food scraps into a rich soil amendment. And even better than that, it keeps food from making its way to the landfill where it not only takes up space, but also releases harmful methane ...

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Homegrown Summer Citrus

Grow the vibrant colors, delectable smells and delicious fruit of citrus year-round right in your own home If you’ve never seen citrus anywhere but the produce department, the idea of plucking a lemon or lime from your own tree can either spark a pang of jealousy or inspire you to try your hand at growing citrus indoors. Citrus trees thrive ...

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The Organic Conundrum

How to tell what’s right for an all-natural garden Many garden supplies have gone the organic route in the last few years. But what exactly does “organic” mean these days? How do we sift through all the latest terms and products to make sure our choices are “really” organic? It can be a bit confusing, what with terms like organic, ...

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