Planting a vegetable garden or a row of summer flowers gives kids even as young as 4 or 5 the chance to dig in the dirt, learn where food comes from and feel comfortable outdoors. To help our kids avoid having Nature Deficit Disorder, a documented problem these days, it’s best to start early!
From New Terrain, a newsletter of Ball Publishing: As many as 1.8 billion additional stems of milkweed plants in North America may return imperiled Monarch butterflies to a sustainable population size, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. Habitat plants in the Monarch’s Midwestern flyway are most important. “Milkweeds in corn and […]
Deutzia is a little known shrub that is beautiful in the spring garden. It’s about to bloom right now.
We’ve had a lot of rain this spring, and this past weekend added another 3 to 5 inches in our area. While we wait for drier conditions, sunnier skies and warmer temperatures that are inevitable sometime this month, remember not to work the garden when it is very wet, and especially, do not walk on […]
Sustainability will help us educate our children (and ourselves) about the needs of our land for the future, primarily these days by getting involved in programs to help the bees and butterflies survive. In so doing, we also protect our own survival as a species. This may seem surprising, but its true. Entomologist Doug Tallamy […]
A butterfly garden doesn’t necessarily look like much when first planted, but see how it emerges to a stunning display by the third season! In this garden, the outstanding orange blossoms are butterfly weed, a favorite variety of milkweed.
We had the rare privilege of visiting recently with daylily expert Ann Redmon from Manhattan Kansas. Ms. Redmon has cross-bred many daylilies in her acerage to create new varieties, and has registered four of them. Pictured here is one of her registered lilies, called “Hannah Banana.” Daylilies are great in any garden. But remember, you […]
Native plants play a special role for pollinators in providing habitat for their own life cycle. We are all most familiar with the necessity of having milkweed available to support the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed to support the caterpillar that eventually becomes a Monarch butterfly. Other insects, including […]
If you want a lush lawn next year, start thinking about it now! No kidding, the fall – not spring — is really the appropriate time to begin your annual lawn care program, especially if you want to convert to a lush, chemical free plan. This is so because so many things that contribute to […]
Calycanthus is a native shrub with an unusual waxy flower that has a fruity scent. Wonderfully different.