Japanese Beetles: Have They Left Yet?

Visiting the garden of a friend recently, I was just about to ask that question: Have the Japanese beetles left yet? The answer, however, was right before me: a Japanese beetle purposefully working on the blossom of a rose bush. Darn! According to the U of Minnesota, Japanese beetles generally emerge in early July and…

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Best Books for Bird Gardeners

Are you a “bird gardener?” Many gardeners love the natural world and also enjoy it by hiking, biking, fishing or watching birds. As a home gardener, you are in a great position to nurture birds in your area. While setting up a bird feeder helps, the plant choices and design decisions you make can also…

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Thirsty Squirrels?

Here’s a fun fact we heard way back in February, but is worth remembering now. When squirrels ravage your vegetable garden taking one bite out of a melon here and a squash there, they may not be hungry (or just plain vindictive). They are thirsty, according to Dina Kountoupes of Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes. Consider…

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Gardeners and Earth Day

It’s been almost 45 years since the first Earth Day, which will be marked tomorrow with celebrations, conferences and lots of educational events. One of the best ways to help the Earth all year is to keep a garden. Gardens reduce waste, food miles, provide habitat for insects, birds and other creatures and they also…

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