Native plants went mainstream over the past five years as many people embraced the value of these plants to beneficial insects that pollinate our landscape and farms, especially to feeding specialists such as the monarch butterfly.
Perhaps you've heard the simple definition of a native plant: A plant that grew naturally on the American landscape prior to European settlement.
If you are a lawn owner, perhaps you’ve wondered if there’s a way reduce the commitment and still have healthy grass. According to some in the turf industry, there is—and it starts with the seeds.
Seize the day and seize the pruning saw. It's late winter and time to prune (most) trees and shrubs. The list of exclusions is pretty short, so here goes:
Houseplants for better mental and physical health? Here's a sample of studies that, one by one, make a positive case for plant life in the great indoors. (Also please see: "Winter Doldrums? Put Your Brain on Houseplants.")
In some parts of the U.S. today, the lawn is disappearing due to droughts. In other places, pesticide bans are pushing both the willing and unwilling towards organic lawn care. Concern for pollinators and the lack of time for meticulous lawn care inspire others to ask a once-unthinkable question:
"To lawn or not to lawn?"
It's mid-summer. Should we declare a National Be Nice to Soil Microbes Week? Several soil health experts would probably encourage it.
Microbes, after all, form a complex underground community and offer plants much of the sustenance they need.
And if that surprises you, how about this?
Maybe the lawn is so full of weeds you can't stand to look at it anymore. Maybe you're dreaming of a colorful garden bed along the stone wall you can see from the kitchen window.
Starting over may seem daunting. But sometimes it's the only way to go.
March 2015: What happens when a couple of new college grads get some goldfish and an aquarium? Maybe not what you think. I had the good fortune to visit Fresh Farm Aquaponics recently at a Glastonbury greenhouse.
Meadows, lawns ... How are they different? Where are meadows appropriate?