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The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge: Will You Accept?

by Matthew Shepherd The National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN) is a newly created partnership of organizations involved with pollinator conservation, wildlife gardening, and gardens. The network was initiated as part of the White House’s National Pollinator Strategy released earlier this summer. It draws together nearly two dozen nonprofits and organizations with a shared aim, to make […]

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Buying Bee-Friendly Plants: Neonicotinoid-Free Nurseries, Growers, and Seed Sources

by Genevieve Schmidt Recently I’ve heard from a number of wildlife gardeners who say they are no longer buying plants from regular retail nurseries because there is no way of telling whether or not the pollinator-attracting plants they are purchasing have been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, etc) are a class of pesticide which […]

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Report from Soil Biology School

by John Rice One of the things I love about winter is that I get to meet with scientists, professors, and researchers and learn more about the ever-changing landscaping world. To use the tools, the microscopes, etc. that they have and to see the microscopic world is just fascinating. (more…)

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The Scoop on Dog Waste

by Maureen Sundberg As the piles of snow finally melt from lawns and garden beds in spring, we’re often confronted with the waste left behind by winter dog walkers. At the least, these surprise packages are a messy annoyance. With an estimated 70 to 80 million dogs in the United States, uncollected dog waste also […]

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Planting Plugs: Putting Tools to the Test

by New Moon Nursery New Moon Nursery has specialized in growing native perennials, grasses, rushes, sedges and vines in ‘Deep Plug’ trays since we started in 2003. This means the plants arrive to the job site in cells 2.5” in diameter and 4.5” deep.  While there are a lot of advantages to the Deep Plugs, including […]

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Landscape for Life: Put your Garden to Work!

by Alexandra Torres Our gardens have both a responsibility to support life and the potential to provide incredible benefits. As our population and urban areas continue to grow, our natural areas and the services they provide are seeing a decline. Offsetting this decline by building healthy, productive landscapes “at home” is critical to sustaining life. […]

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It’s Time to Tell the Bees

by Michelle, Ray, and Sebastian Wright “Telling the Bees” is a beautiful, old English country tradition. In the 1800s, honeybees were an integral part of family and community landscapes. Informing the family beehive of changes such as a birth, death, or marriage was customary – and if the owner of the hive died, the bees […]

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