The monarch butterfly is a magnificent creature whose lifecycle, over the course of 3-4 annual generations, crosses from Mexico throughout the eastern United States. Three generations a year feed and reproduce in temperate climates with the fourth generation adapted to …

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Since the introduction of the Knockout rose in the early 2000s, disease-resistant roses have become key components in landscape designs for the first time in history, used on a level similar to spirea, barberry and ornamental grasses. Many rosarians and …

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Iridescent Beetles Galore

As a gardener, I have a wide range of feelings about insects. I go out of my way to attract certain insects to my vegetable garden, namely pollinators and insects that eat or parasitize garden pests. While some visitors to …

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Time to Cut Back Grasses

Ornamental grasses are a key component of the multi-season landscape.  During the summer, their foliage and inflorescences lend a graceful contrast to the garden through color and texture.  In the winter, the honey tones of grasses are a great compliment …

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Victory Gardens for the 21st Century

What does the lawn represent to you?  To many it is a word like yard or garden, that space in which we try to work the elements of nature into our own private ecosystem.  To others, it is the expanse …

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A Book for a Political Summer

Anybody else getting tired of the phone calls asking for money for various political campaigns? Being in a swing state, and in a particularly swingish county, has ramped up the attention, hasn’t it? No matter what our individual political stripe …

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Black Earth- Gardening with Biochar

I recently co-taught a class on soils with Mary Lu Lageman of Grailville as part of our permaculture class series at the Civic Garden Center. One of the topics I was excited to share about was biochar, a newly emerging and also …

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