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Earth

by Tovah Martin Spring sneaks in through a crack in the window. It steals in when you push the panes open for that whiff of fresh air you’ve anticipated for so long. You’ve almost forgotten what the mingling of indoors and outside feels like; it’s been an eternity since you bonded. But then the scent […]

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Microclimates Made Visible in Your Yard

by Karen Bussolini Reprinted with permission from Eco-Friendly News, Views, Clues and How-To’s. Winter and spring keep crashing into each other as the seasons sort themselves out. I’ve got a bit of everything – snow, ice, running water, mud, workable soil and dozens of early spring bulbs in bloom. Incredibly varied conditions – wet places […]

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Native Plants for the Small Yard: Easy, Beautiful Home Gardens that Support the Local Ecology

Text by Kate Brandes Illustrations by Tom Maxfield Social scientists have looked at how people feel about their yards, and their research shows that preferences are determined mostly by people’s desire to fit in with the neighbors. Unfortunately, native plants have developed something of a bad rap among homeowners as messy and hard to manage […]

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Digging into Ecological Landscaping by Following Nature’s Lead

by Kate Hartnett, Mary Tebo, and Marilyn Wyzga This article first appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of The Ecological Landscaper, the newsletter of the Ecological Landscape Alliance. As evidence of extreme weather and ecological stress become more obvious, ELA’s mission to “promote the design, installation and maintenance of landscapes that are guided by a […]

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The Garden in Every Sense and Season

by  Tovah Martin Taken from The Garden in Every Sense and Season© Copyright 2018 by Tovah Martin, photographs by Kindra Clineff. Published by Timber Press, Portland, OR. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Grape Nuts You suspected autumn was in the air. Maybe you even feared fall’s inevitable arrival. But you didn’t come […]

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