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Home & Garden

  • Apr
  • 27

The Wonderful World of Bees

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About 15 years ago, after planting fruit trees in my yard, I noticed the trees’ flowers looked healthy, but I was getting very little fruit, even on some of my established avocado trees. I started to watch the blooms closely and noticed that there were few or no bees on them or anywhere in my yard. I have …

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  • Apr
  • 21

Ingrid Newkirk on Huffington Post: Earth Day and Animal Products Don’t Mix

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Americans care about the environment. The majority of us think protecting the natural world should be given priority over economic growth, while nearly 40 percent of us consider ourselves environmentalists. So on this 45th Earth Day, let’s all take one simple step to help protect the environment. It’s more effective at combating greenhouse-gas emissions than switching to …

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  • Apr
  • 7

You Found a Baby Bird … Now What?

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This time of year, there are lots of baby birds out and about, so before you spot one of these cuties on the ground and swoop in to help,  learn how to figure out whether or not your help is actually needed.

Originally posted on peta2.com.

 

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  • 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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