If you are making the switch to organic gardening, you may be concerned about losing plants to insect pests. In the short run, this is likely to occur. However, established organic gardens typically lose fewer plants to insect pests than conventional gardens.… Read more
Viburnums are one of my very favorite shrubs for the garden because they just keep on giving. In spring, they produce masses of beautiful (and often fragrant) blossoms. In summer and fall they offer attractive foliage and a pleasing shape. And in winter, they stand out against the snow with bright, brilliant berries, many of which are also an important food source for birds and other wildlife.… Read more
Imagine a beautiful summer day in your backyard. You’ve prepared a picnic to eat outside and enjoy the lovely weather, maybe a delicious salad or a sandwich and some lemonade. Instead of packing yourself a dessert, however, you finish your lunch and go over to the edge of your garden, where you pluck luscious, sun-ripened berries right from the bush to pop into your mouth.… Read more
Earthworms are a gardener’s best friends. Studies have found many plants that perform significantly better in earthworm-rich soil than in soil with relatively few earthworms. This is because earthworm burrows help air, water, and plant roots make their way more easily through the soil.… Read more
Many pond owners hope to attract a few turtles to their ponds. Turtles are quiet, attractive, popular with children, and they eat lots of mosquitoes and other pesky insects.
There are a number of ways you can help make your pond more attractive to turtles:
A Turtle-Friendly Pond
Turtles appreciate a pond with a gentle slope that allows them to easily climb in and out of the water, as well as providing both shallow basking areas and deeper swimming areas.… Read more