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They call these BENEFICIAL insects??

They call these BENEFICIAL insects??

I’m always going on about how great beneficial insects are, and how to protect and encourage them. But if you’re one of them, it’s a horrific life! The horrifying side of beneficials – this is fun!! http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2013/10/31/13-horrifying-ways-to-die-if-youre-an-arthropod/?WT_mc_id=SA_WR_20131107

Who’s Killing the Bees?

Who’s Killing the Bees?

On June 18, 2013, I attended a workshop on providing habitat for beneficial insects. One of the instructors mentioned that he had just been checking on dead bees in a parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon, on I-5 near Salem. The next day, the local media reported a mass bee killing at that parking lot. Mass […]

Garden-Worthy Artwork

Garden-Worthy Artwork

A birdbath is a nice addition to the garden, a fixture in many. Properly cleaned and cared for they can provide hours of enjoyment for you and birds and beneficial insects. Like birdfeeders, they need to be cleaned frequently and thoroughly to prevent the spread of disease among your bird visitors. I am showcasing this […]

Native Plants 101: Protecting Your Native Fauna

Native Plants 101: Protecting Your Native Fauna

Native plants evolved with a gigantic number of associated microbes, fungi, bacteria, herbivores, and insects. It follows that plants don’t exist by themselves – they need the organisms that helped them adapt and change over the ages. For home gardeners, insect assistants are one of the easiest and most interesting class of partners to manage […]

Native Plants 101: How About A Hedgerow?

Don’t say you don’t have room for a hedgerow – this 40 X 100 lot has a rockery topped with a modern day hedgerow. Hedgerows traditionally were used as fences between fields, and a “laid hedge” in England contained thorny plants like hawthorn to act as a barrier. Cut through the lower trunk and laid […]

Happy Customers – You Could Be One Too!

Happy Customers – You Could Be One Too!

Here are a few comments from Taylor Gardens clients. If you have a project or a question, need plants, tools, or inspiration, have Jeanie over for a consult! Dear Jeanie “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! He chortled in his joy!” Just a quick note to say that the Camassia seeds are coming up now, a […]

Didn’t I Say? Soil – It’s the Foundation…

Didn’t I Say? Soil – It’s the Foundation…

Hot off the presses in the NY Times today… Scientists using new analytical techniques over the last decade have found that the world’s ocean of soil is one of our largest reservoirs of biodiversity. It contains almost one-third of all living organisms, according to the European Union’s Joint Research Center, but only about 1 percent […]

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