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How to raise your own praying mantises Blog Image
How to raise your own praying mantises

A couple of months ago Sam purchased an ootheca, the egg sac of a praying mantis, for a speech...

2017: Year of the Brassica Blog Image
2017: Year of the Brassica

It’s the year of the Brassica. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) gave 2017 the honor of representing...

Gardening is a Bit Like Dating Blog Image
Gardening is a Bit Like Dating

This week I attended a presentation on gardening by Casey Hentges, host of the excellent program,...

Mammaw’s Fern Blog Image
Mammaw’s Fern

About thirty years ago, I worked for a brief time at a wholesale greenhouse. It was a great job,...

Using Soil Microbes in Plant Foods Blog Image
Using Soil Microbes in Plant Foods

Most of us grew up with a very rudimentary understanding of what plants need to grow. We understood...

Spring feeding and pest control in the lawn Blog Image
Spring feeding and pest control in the lawn

Happy first day of spring! We had temperatures over 70 degrees over the weekend, and while I should...

Monarchs Need Our Help Blog Image
Monarchs Need Our Help

Generations of North American school children, including me, learned about metamorphosis watching...

The Frugal Gardener

I don't think I've shared this with you before, but as far as I know, I'm mostly Scottish. Well,...

Troubleshooting your seedling problems Blog Image
Troubleshooting your seedling problems

This is the time of the year when people sometimes wonder whether starting their own seedlings is...

Aunt Jane’s Shamrock

Every Saturday, I have a little routine which includes watering my houseplants. As I was watering...

At The Edge Of The Enchanted Forest Blog Image
At The Edge Of The Enchanted Forest

At the edge of the Enchanted Forest...a very long time ago, there lived seven little people,...

The Science (and Art) of Placing Birdhouses Blog Image
The Science (and Art) of Placing Birdhouses

With daffodils and fruit trees blooming, I know spring is well on its way. I heard a variety of...