Native Plants 101: Basic Growing Information

Growing Native Plants   Native plants are best for native insects, pollinators, birds, and local wildlife. Plants and animals evolved together, so the ones that are native are always the best for local wildlife. Mix them in with your ornamentals, and you will have a diverse landscape teeming with healthy life! You will have more … Continue reading Native Plants 101: Basic Growing Information

Native Bees Are Better Pollinators: Important For Gardeners and Farmers

Native pollinators, and bees especially, are often overlooked beneficial insects. Research indicates that natives are better than introduced honeybees in SO MANY WAYS!  Learn to take care of your native helpers and you will be rewarded many times over. Many natives are ground-nesters, so make sure to leave undisturbed patches of bare sandy soil - … Continue reading Native Bees Are Better Pollinators: Important For Gardeners and Farmers

Beneficial Organism of the Week

Starting a new theme here: Garden Beneficials.  I would say "beneficial insects" but so many organisms that keep us alive and healthy are from other orders. You'll see as we get further into this! Here are this week's guests of honor These two tiny millipedes are front-line shredders, so you find them in leaf litter. … Continue reading Beneficial Organism of the Week

Girding for pests and other thoughts on Spring

Slowly but surely, the season is advancing, and Spring will soon be here. The new growing season starts with such optimism! So few weeds, new seedlings to nurture, not much watering to do…then the rude awakening of the first aphid outbreak, sometimes followed by slug devastation or other problems that are visited upon gardeners year … Continue reading Girding for pests and other thoughts on Spring