Archive for June 2015

Let Butterflies Bring Nature’s Perfectly Imperfect Beauty To Your Garden

Ever wonder why some places have lots of butterflies and others have few or none at all?  Various factors influence whether butterflies are attracted or even welcome in a habitat, so maybe we should focus on what we can do to encourage butterflies and adapt our gardens and landscapes so that they can attract and sustain […]

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Your Garden’s A Little More Magical With A Welcoming Place For The Fairies

Some sources date the concept of fairy gardening to the late nineteenth century.  Others insist that for centuries, when people still truly believed in fairies, special places for them were created in gardens or landscapes to ensure that the mostly benevolent creatures caused no harm to their human neighbors. Today, fairy gardens are wildly popular […]

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It’s Always A Good Time To Play In The Dirt With The Kids

It doesn’t matter whether budding child gardeners are introduced to the joys of nature (dirt and bugs, especially) at home by parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles, or at school by teachers who use gardening as participatory science lessons or exercises in building social skills.   Starting good gardening habits early improves the chances that our children […]

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Community Gardening And Permaculture – Ancient Traditions Made Anew

Community based gardening, in some form, has existed across the globe for millennia.  Necessity was quite frequently the driving force in rural areas, where community farmers worked together, in single or multiple cleared areas, to ensure that sufficient food was produced to feed the entire community. The soil was never allowed to be completely depleted […]

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