Is it a Honey Bee or a Wasp… How Can You Tell?

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Did you know that the 3rd week of June is International Pollinator Week? Pollinator week started about 10 years ago in the United States and has since grown to into an international event. Pollinators aren’t just limited to bees and wasps but include flies, beetles, lady bugs, and a host of other bugs and insects…. Read more »

Growing a Pollinator Garden

June 20 - growing a pollinator garden

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Much has been in the news about creating garden environments that provide pollinators, especially bees, with plant accessibility.  Pollinators are not just bees and wasps, but include flies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, and beetles. Their role in horticulture is critical for many reasons.  Why not plant your own pollinator garden? Here are some things about… Read more »

VLOG – Maintaining with Mulch

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Mulch really IS magical! Mulch technically is a top dressing for soil. For this conversation, we will define mulch as shredded wood or bark chips or leaves; or a mix thereof. It truly is the golden ticket to simpler gardening. With a mulched garden you water less and weed less and still can have a… Read more »

Crazy for Cucumbers

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Like tomatoes, there are few foods out there that taste better than a fresh garden grown cucumber.  Cucumbers require some finesse to grow because they are a tender crop (they don’t like the cold) and they have some idiosyncrasies that we gardeners need to iron out: Cucumbers like it warm have no frost tolerance whatsoever… Read more »

On the Rocks – A Blog about Rock Gardens & Alpine Perennials

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There was a day when I mocked my good friend Allison about her alpine rock garden…and then I discovered that I had a rock garden in the yard of our new home, but it was covered with quack grass. I cleaned it up, got rid of the weeds, and now it is one of my… Read more »