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First County-Wide Lawn Pesticide Ban Passes

Readers may remember news that the first town in the U.S. had banned lawn pesticides on public and private property, just two years ago, followed by news of the campaign to make the ban countywide (the town being Takoma Park and the county, Montgomery County, Maryland). Well, this month the county-wide ban PASSED – the […]

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Posted by on October 16, 2015 at 9:47 am   This post has 8 responses.

Please Take Care of My Bird

Female rufous hummingbird on hummingbird mint (Agastache rupestris ‘Acapulco Orange’) in my Boise garden My garden right now is a sensory feast. This morning, I cut the peppermint back from the path and hung bundles of it from the covered arbor in which I’m sitting, and its aroma perfumes the...

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Posted by on October 7, 2015 at 1:52 am   This post has 9 responses.

The Butterfly Effect

  For weeks, my garden has been ALIVE with the beating of orange wings! I have Gulf Fritillaries coming at me from every corner of my garden – I think the other day I counted more than 20 – and more are emerging from cocoons every day! I am...

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 at 1:13 am   This post has 35 responses.

Zinnias for Pollinators!

A recent guest post in defense of butterfly bushes prompted the usual debate (natives v. exotics) but also this wise comment by an avid wildlife gardener: My yard is filled with native flowers, shrubs and trees. However, the surrounding area is not, so giving them something extra that blooms...

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Posted by on September 25, 2015 at 8:08 am   This post has 9 responses.

The politics of decay

I gave up on home composting a few years back after briefly trying a tall tumbler; there was no good place to keep it, and my neglect of it in its obscure location made for poor or minimal results. However, I couldn’t stand the thought of allowing organic waste...

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 at 8:44 am   This post has 9 responses.

The Great Butterfly Bush Debate

Guest Rant by Claire Jones Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii, has been widely bashed from garden writers, ecologists, and conservationists. Attacked from all sides by master gardeners and other garden professionals, I am sticking to my guns on the benefits and pleasures of planting it. “An invasive thug that only...

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Posted by Claire Jones on August 31, 2015 at 10:33 am   This post has 32 responses.

The wild side

At this time of year, I often prefer hiking to gardening. Late summer is my favorite time for the plants that grow wild in the parks and the preserves of Western New York, and the more common they are, the better I like them.  They don’t even have to...

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Posted by on August 25, 2015 at 8:11 am   This post has 12 responses.

Wildflowers on demand

Just stop by one of Jenny Kendler’s seed stations, located at strategic spots on Buffalo’s East Side, as well as other Western New York locations, and grab a pack of seeds. The project, titled Rewilding New York, is intended to reintroduce native plants to the urban center, providing sustenance...

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Posted by on August 11, 2015 at 8:53 am   This post has 4 responses.

We still have snow!

It’s been up around 90 over the past few weeks or so, but a comforting(?) reminder that cooler days await exists on Buffalo’s East Side, near the large Art Deco Central Terminal, a grand train station that is no longer in use.  The big black pile of what looks...

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Posted by on August 4, 2015 at 7:49 am   This post has 4 responses.

The Plastic Pot Dilemma

These are just some of the plastic pots I reluctantly acquired in April in my yearly fit of plant-buying.  I gathered them here to wash them before looking for the least bad way to deal with them, feeling heartsick that plants come with plastic. Is there really no better...

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Posted by on July 24, 2015 at 7:33 am   This post has 25 responses.

The No-Water California Garden

Hi friends! Sorry I’ve been so very, very absent–if you’re wondering why, it’s because I wrote a novel called Girl Waits with Gun and that shit is time-consuming. It’s coming out September 1 and I’m going on a book tour that I very much hope puts me in a city...

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Posted by on July 20, 2015 at 3:22 am   This post has 21 responses.

Natives and invasives—observations from Toronto

On the first day of our Toronto garden exploration, we spent an hour or so in High Park, the city’s largest public park. It features 399 acres of public space, including picnic areas, a playground, formal and informal gardens, an ornamental lake, and a mini-zoo, but we spent our...

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Posted by on June 23, 2015 at 9:17 am   This post has 3 responses.

Nature Corridors Boost Failing Wildlife Populations

Doug Tallamy is one of my heroes. He is a visionary thinker with the ability to tie together disparate bits of information — research results, personal observations, known scientific facts — into powerful calls for action that guide us toward living within nature, rather than continuing to segregate ourselves...

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Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 6:19 am   This post has 11 responses.

Bourbon Disease Could Be Worse Than a Bad Hangover

  The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner—the first Saturday in May. I am gripped with fear. I won’t lose sleep over another losing Derby bet, but I’ve just read in the past few weeks that Bourbon disease could rear its ugly head.  I hope not, but who...

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Posted by on April 9, 2015 at 7:57 am   This post has 4 responses.

There’s Hope for Urban Design

‘Tis the season of garden seminars. Recently I participated in a thought-provoking one-day seminar on the theme of bringing nature into our cities. I spoke about hellstrip gardens, but a couple of the other speakers addressed larger-scale landscapes. After seeing their photos and hearing about so many projects that...

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Posted by on April 8, 2015 at 2:03 am   This post has 9 responses.

Pesticide Bans Arriving in U.S.

The banning of pesticides on ornamentals plants started in Canada but is gradually spreading to the south. Liberal Takoma Park, MD recently became the first place in the U.S. to implement such a ban on public and private property, as reported here. And now the proponents of that ban are taking it...

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Posted by on April 3, 2015 at 8:33 am   This post has 11 responses.

Clinging to big chem

Glyphosate and neonics—herbicides and pesticides contested as benign by most of big ag and big gardening— were in the news again. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has stated that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans; its evidence came from human agricultural exposure as well...

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 at 8:30 am   This post has 8 responses.

Poor Man’s Fertilizer

As I contemplate the task of plowing the driveway, I find it hard to see anything appealing in last night’s snowfall.  It seemed to me that we already had plenty of the white stuff, with a blanket some 14 inches deep.  However, I’m trying to console myself with the...

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Posted by on February 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm   This post has 7 responses.

My Epigenetic Epiphany and the Gingko Hermaphrodite

  High up in a white pine last summer, on our farm in Salvisa, Kentucky, I spotted something odd. I called my neighbor Otis Knox and asked him if he’d ever seen a Witches’ Broom. He came down to investigate. I pointed toward the 30” diameter growth. Otis said...

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Posted by on February 11, 2015 at 6:20 am   This post has 17 responses.

You can Help Bring “Hometown Habitat” to the Screen

I’m guessing you all know Doug Tallamy, the entomologist whose Bringing Nature Home turned so many people into native-plant gardeners.  Now there’s a chance that a full-length documentary with Tallamy featuring interviews of inspiring “Habitat Heroes” will become a reality.  Especially if you donate. The movie, called “Hometown Habitat”...

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Posted by on February 6, 2015 at 6:33 am   This post has 11 responses.
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