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Home & Garden

  • Mar
  • 30

Gardening Series, Part Three: Where Can I Find Native Plants for My Garden?

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Where do we begin if we want to grow a creature-friendly garden? What are some resources at our disposal?

I collect seeds from my garden and the gardens of like-minded gardeners. A great resource for me is the Prairie Moon Nursery , which you can find online. It sells only native seeds and plants, which takes the guesswork right out of …

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  • Mar
  • 26

Part Two: Just Say No to Pesticides

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This is part two of a three-part series on gardening.

Of course, it goes without saying, do not use pesticides in your garden! Use a variety of plants, and you will attract your own pest control. If something is eating your favorite specimen and you have a variety of flowers in your beds and a little patience and …

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  • Mar
  • 25

Go Native! The Importance of Using Native Plants in Your Landscape

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Without native plants, wildlife cannot be sustained. In an overly simplified nutshell, the lovely cultivars that originate from Asia and Europe and can be purchased at your local nursery or big box store to beautify your landscape are not palatable to our little insect friends. “So what?” you might ask, as you scratch your head.

Well, take the …

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  • Mar
  • 12

Be Kind to Our Small Friends

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Insects are the smallest animals, so some people tend to overlook them, giving little or no thought to their lives—even going so far as to think of insects as an inconvenience or a nuisance. All beings in nature are important and deserve our care and respect, even the tiniest. I once read something very interesting by a …

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  • Feb
  • 9

Deal kindly with uninvited houseguests

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Early this morning, I was awakened by a sound that no homeowner wants to hear: chewing. Something, or rather someone, was in the attic, noisily munching away.

Although it can be unsettling to realize that you’re sharing your home with a family of squirrels or mice , we can’t really blame these animals for seeking shelter when snow and …

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  • Jan
  • 28

Socca Chickpea Flatbread

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Socca is a traditional flatbread made in Nice, France. Featuring chickpea flour and a few other ingredients, it’s easy to make and full of flavor.

There are many socca recipes online, but the first time I ever heard of socca was in VegNews magazine. Gourmet vegan cookbook author Robin Robertson writes food articles for VegNews, and when I …

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  • Jan
  • 27

Declawing Cats Is a Mutilation, Not a Solution for Scratched Sofas

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New York state could one day be cats’ favorite place to live. That’s because New York Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal has penned a bill that would ban declawing statewide, except in those rare cases when it’s truly necessary for medical reasons, such as to remove a tumor.

And it’s about time. Declawing is a painful mutilation that should be illegal—and not just in New York. This cruel procedure is …

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