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    Help Save Bumblebees by Planting These Flowers in Your Garden

    Help Save Bumblebees by Planting These Flowers in Your Garden

    In an effort to aid North American bumblebee conservation, a group of California researchers has identified which flowers certain bee species prefer. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, 4,000 of which are native to the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Society. Bees pollinate roughly three-quarters of all fruits, nuts and […]

    For 1 Year Rob Greenfield Only Consumed What He Grew and Foraged

    For 1 Year Rob Greenfield Only Consumed What He Grew and Foraged

    For one year Rob Greenfield grew and foraged all of his own food. No grocery stores, no restaurants, no going to a bar for a drink, not even medicines from the pharmacy. Literally everything that passed Greenfield’s lips in the last year was something he either grew in his gardens or he went out into […]

    4 Offseason Gardening Projects to Get You Ahead for Next Year

    4 Offseason Gardening Projects to Get You Ahead for Next Year

    By Brian Barth Late fall, after the last crops have been harvested, is a time to rest and reflect on the successes and challenges of the gardening year. But for those whose need to putter around in the garden doesn’t end when cold weather comes, there’s surely a few lingering chores. Get them done now […]

    5 Root Crops to Plant Now for a Fall Harvest

    5 Root Crops to Plant Now for a Fall Harvest

    By Brian Barth Many root vegetables are considered “cool weather” crops — they grow lush and juicy when daytime temperatures are in the seventies, but barely muddle through hot weather. Which is why we plant them as early in spring as possible. But fall is just as suitable a growing season; this is when, in […]

    Grow Your Own Iced Tea This Summer

    Grow Your Own Iced Tea This Summer

    By Brian Barth Where I come from — the Deep South — iced tea is a religion. Traditionally, most Southern families make it with Lipton tea bags, a little lemon and a lot of sugar. The sole ingredient in those Lipton bags is black tea, which comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The species was […]

    How to Combat Weeds … Gently

    How to Combat Weeds … Gently

    By Jillian Mackenzie Spraying chemicals in the yard is a tempting shortcut for many a home gardener looking to protect a tasty crop or a bed of flowers. But weed killers aren’t necessary, and they may be linked to health risks. To embark on a natural plan of weed suppression, start by deciphering your yard’s […]

    5 Ornamental Plants You Didn’t Know Were Edible

    5 Ornamental Plants You Didn’t Know Were Edible

    Food gardens can be beautiful — a cherry tree in full bloom, the mesmerizing foliage of trout back lettuce — but purely ornamental gardens can also be edible. You might be surprised at how many of the plants in your flower border have distinct culinary properties. 1. Daylily Sauté the unopened flower buds in salt […]

    Three Simple Steps for Planting a Chaos Garden

    Three Simple Steps for Planting a Chaos Garden

    By Brian Barth Most gardeners accumulate a cornucopia of partially used seed packets. After all, who’s going to plant 500 lettuce seeds? After a few years, the germination rate drops significantly after the expiration date and you end up buying new packets. A “chaos garden” is the lazy person’s way to use up those old […]