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Five Reasons to “Go Organic”

FOR HUMAN HEALTH (and pets too!): Countless studies have linked conventional chemical gardening pesticides and fertilizers to cancer, reproductive and neurological damage.  Organic fertilizers and pest control products are safe for both pets and humans, most of which are derived …

Why Organics?

“The earth neither grows old or wears out if it is dunged (composted).” Columella, circa 45. A.D. The term “organic” should conjure thoughts of not only living a healthier lifestyle through diet, but also bring forth the idea of a …

Q&A: Controlling Staghorn Sumac

Question: Is there a safe, easy way to control staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) without totally destroying it? I want to keep its seedlings out of my lawn and garden, but I don’t want to remove the mature trees because I …

Plants We Love: Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)

Common name: Flowering raspberry, pink thimbleberry Botanical name: Rubus odoratus Virtues: Fragrant, pretty flowers that attract butterflies. Flower: Large, open, fragrant pink flowers appear in summer. Five papery pink petals surround a flat disc of pinkish yellow stamens. Flowers are …

Potting Flowers with Mrs. Livings

Who was it who said…we come from the earth…we return to the earth…and in between…we garden… Well, today I potted flowers. Flowers to line the steps of ours stairs. Flowers to brighten our porch and our patio.  Plus, flowers to …

“A Day in the Garden”

I just returned from an early walk in the woods. As it rained heavily last night, the paths were damp and the air still held night’s coolness. As I meandered around the pond, I felt very grateful that I was …

Tip of the Week: Poisonous Weeds

Earlier this year a woman in Washington state died from suspected hemlock poisoning after gathering the leafy green weed and using it on a salad.   Unfortunately her death wasn’t an isolated occurrence.  Each year dozens of people die or …

The Scoop: Water Shortage Prediction

Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report detailing which states are facing higher risks of water shortages by 2050 as a result of global warming. Find out if your county is among them by visiting the NRDC …

Q&A: Rain Barrels

Question: What can you tell me about rain barrels? I want to set one up but my wife is afraid it will become a breeding ground for mosquitos. Answer: Typically a rain barrel is set up to catch the water …