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Home and Garden Habitat, Organics and Sustainability
Home Gardening for Vegetables, Fruit and Salad Fixin's
Home gardens connect us to our home. Check out how-to articles to grow plants, wildlife...and your family!
We all travel the milky way together,|
trees and men...
travellers, in the ordinary sense.
They make journeys,
not very extensive
ones, it is true:
but our own little comes and goes
are only little more
many of them not so much.
-John Muir, naturalist,
explorer, and writer (1838-1914)
Aquaponics for Urban Food Production - even with Shrimp
Grow shitake mushrooms for gourmet recipes
Shitake mushroom logs take up minimal space and can fruit both indoors and out.
Organic Backyard Care - Insects
Alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilizers can prevent problems with insects.
Water Gardening is the New Frontier
Water Gardening is Fun, Easy and Enlightening for
the Backyard Naturalist - ponds, streams, waterfalls, birdbaths...for beauty and wildlife
Rocky Slopes for Habitat
Building wildlife habitat in rocky places offers
special nooks and crannies...as well as
opportunities for unique landscaping with wildlife
Leaves of Three...Leave them be! Poison ivy, Poison Oak...Ouch!
Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Weeds in Gardening and Landscaping
How "invasive" plants and weeds threaten and sometimes wipe out native
United States Botanical Garden Links
Here are my favorite Web links to great botanical resources
Saving Topsoil at Home and on the Farm
Tips of things you can do at home and at play to
prevent ecological problems...and save your
Farmers Markets...Fun and Fruitful
Fresh produce and even crafts are available at
local farmers markets nationwide.
Organic Fertilizer Basics
It is becoming easier every year to make "organic
lawn care" your contribution to the environment.
Innovative garden gloves for protection and practical gardening
Garden Decor: Aquascaping for Beauty and Purpose
Ponds, water gardens and aquascaping to attract wildlife
Youngsters really go for the size, color and shape of Schooltime pumpkns for smashing, carving and eating!
Controlling Slugs and Snails
How to control slugs and snails in gardens and lawns.
Butterfly and Caterpillar Gardening and Environment
Garden for the Butterfly and its
Caterpillar... here's how it works
Natural Medicinal Plants
Natural Medicinal Plants: learn about common native plants
Wisteria Vines - A Special Display of Landscaping Beauty
Wisterias can be trained over arbors, pergolas, along walls and fences and as a single specimen tree.
Innovative and new garden hose ideas
Daylilies Color Up the Garden
The colorful daylily not only comes in many shades and combinations of colors but in heights from eight inches to four feet.
Drip irrigation is the most efficient water saving system available, saving up to 70% in outdoor water use.
Flower Pot selection tips
Cold weather gardening
You can enjoy cool weather leafy vegetables throughout the winter months.
Herb garden adventures
One tasty option is an herb garden.
Old-world tomato plant
Tomande is a new breed of tomato plant that was bred for the Italian market
Gardenias Perfume the Garden
Gardenias provide a natural, sweet fragrance -- an air of tropical isles and luxuriant jungles in your own garden.
Romaine Lettuce for salad gardens
Baby Star Mini-romaine butter lettuce for the gourmet gardener
Trees for Container Gardens
Trees add height to patio and balcony planting and lend interest to entry ways and courtyards.
Eureka Cucumber seed for salad or sandwich
The Eureka hybrid cucumber is a dual purpose sliver/pickler that features disease resistance.
Decorating the Outdoor Living Room
There's a trend afoot to use interior designing skills to decorate the great outdoors...at least the backyard or the patio.
Planting an All-White Garden
Astilbe - Breakthrough in Foliage Color
Astilbe is a low growing cover plant that provides colorful display for each season.
Gardening and Landscaping Improve Health
Gardening, horticulture and landscaping nurture good health and quality of life
Soil is the ultimate dining experience for nature!
The "Soil Biology Primer" is an introduction to the living component
of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity, and air
and water quality.
Organic or Inorganic mulching materials?
Choosing between organic and inorganic mulches is critical when you talk about native plants.
Garden railroading - great gift for retires, men and train hobbyists
This Father's Day Dad is sure to have some real fun creating
his own tiny world - with the whole family pitching in.
Peonies, Peonies, Perfection!
Peonies are an old flower with staying power! Beautiful, luscious aroma... mmmm... they bring back delightful memories!
Grow Shiitake Mushrooms on Logs for Moms Who Love Mushrooms
Actual hardwood logs impregnated with shiitake mushrooms make a unique, fun gift for Mother's Day. Shiitakes grow in room light, not in the dark, and yield organic shiitakes every 1-2 months.
5 Tips for Growing Great Cucumbers
Cucumbers are a staple of the organic, home garden. Here are tips on how to grow this salad staple naturally.
Plant a Bird Garden
Birds are attracted to gardens with pleanty of cover and food bearing plants, as well as bird feeders, water and shelter.
Rock Gardens for Beauty and Low Maintenance
Rock garden features require little garden space and deliver big impact.
Charlotte NC backyard habitat...priceless!
Gorgeous habitat and wildlife photos from Charlotte NC. You can do it, too!
Growing Green Tea in Backyards
Green tea is appreciated for its health properties and its fresh flavors ... but did you know it can be grown in backyards?
Plant a Flower Garden for Cutting
A cutting garden, however, is more like a vegetable garden, designed to produce masses of cut flowers. It's an old idea that's coming back into vogue.
New York City - Garden innovation on barges and rooftops
New York City? Backyard gardening...and truck farming? Times are changing!
Gourds are gorgeous artform
Hard shelled gourds are excellent art canvasses and are developing into a qualty artform around the globe
Snails in the Garden -- and Chickens
Snail farming...or rather "snail un-farming" is covered in this video short.
How much do you spend on landscaping and your lawn?
Economics and demographics of lawncare
Floating Island for Beauty and Water Quality...and Wildlife!
Aquatic gardening on an island...novel, sustainable landscaping that improves water and habitat
How gardeners minimize allergy problems
You can make some simple choices to minimize allergy problems outdoors and while gardening.
Earthworms Suppress Plant Diseases & Support Quality Vegetable Production
Having grown up on an organic farm, I've always marveled at earthworms and their humble role in gardens and compost piles. Now we know -- they work hard for us, and we need to nurture them by removing toxins from the soil, and providing them with healthful habitat -- just like any other wildlife.
Native Bees Could Fill Pollinator Hole Left by Honeybees -- Finally!
Native bees may be a hundred times more efficient as pollinators than are honeybees.
Indoor Gardening the Organic Way
Indoor Gardening the Organic Way
Grow Morel Mushrooms with Elm Trees
Anyone can now grow morel mushrooms with specially inoculated elm trees that host these delicious mushrooms.
Earthworm Farming in a Bucket to Harvest Black Gold
Earthworms are easy to farm and they create black gold fertilizer from your table scraps
Good Food, Fresh Food...Your Food
People have the power to enjoy the freshest foods on the planet! You can grow your own nuggets of sunshine and earth anywhere -- gardens, greenhouses, rooftops, and even political landscapes!
Catch Mealybugs with Pheromone-baited Traps
Multiple species of mealybugs can be captured safely with one pheremone.
Urban Gardening with Water and Pee
Urban agriculture will put food security in your window, on your patio and on your plate.
Asian citrus psyllid Moving Northward - Watch for these insects in backyard citrus trees
Asian citrus psyllid was first detected in California in early 2008 in San Diego and Imperial counties. The pest is believed to have been introduced from northern Mexico.
Tank Farm for Growing Vegetables in a Backyard Farm
Gardening is more important than ever: savings, fresh food, less transportation and the yum-factor!
Patio and Deck Gardening with Super-dooper Containers
January Brings Seed Catalogs to the Rescue!
Renee's Garden brings January seed catalog delight and spurs my springtime heirloom gardening adventure.
It's time to plan your garden! Spring is just around the corner!
How green is your garden? While some people think that's a strange question, when you look at chemicals, irrigation, engineered seeds, and hothouse plants ... you realize that environmental protection takes a bit of thought and planning. Here are 10 tips for a greener garden.
Imprelis herbicide suspected of killing spruce, pines and other trees
DuPont continues to sell Imprelis, which is registered for use in all states except California and New York.