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    Enemies to Bees: Pesticides and Hybridized Plants

    Honeybee gardens are an earth-friendly way to save on water usage, beautify your yard, and help honeybees. Who wouldn’t rather look at beautiful flowers in the spring, summer, and fall instead of a grass lawn that needs to be cut every week? There are many things to consider when planning your honeybee garden, such as […]

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    Build a bee friendly garden to help the bees

    So you want to plant a bee garden of your own? Follow these guidelines for a project that can be great fun for kids and a sanctuary for bees. Location, location, location First, decide where in your yard is the best location for a bee friendly garden. Consider placing the bee garden in a part of your […]

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    Small Herb Gardens Feed Honeybees and You!

    Suppose you want to do your part to save honeybees, but you have room only for a little garden — on your patio, deck, balcony, or in your postage-stamp sized backyard? Good news: A small herb garden will feed you, your spirit, and your busy bee friends! Follow the following nine easy steps to copious […]

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    Herbs, Honeybees, and You: Win, Win, Win!

    Yummy news! You can enjoy fresh herbs in your meals and help rescue the world’s dwindling honeybee population! That’s right: YOU. To get things humming, all it takes is a small garden or even a few pots on your city balcony. Honeybees, Bumblebees, and Hummingbirds Feast on Herbs Herb gardens are a haven for pollinators, says Deb Soule, […]

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    Teach Your Children Well: A Gardener’s Thoughts on Earth Day…

    Guest post by Michaela from The Gardener’s Eden (@MichaelainEden) As gardeners, most of us consider ourselves environmentally minded, and for us, every day is Earth Day. But, it’s important to remember that gardening —in and of itself—  is an unnatural act. When we work the soil and sow seed, fertilize and water, thin plants and […]

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    Come to Me, My Sweet Willow…

    Salix discolor (as our North American native pussywillow is formally called) is a North American native shrub or small, understory tree, (5-15′ tall and perhaps 8′ wide). Often found beside brooks and forest streams, or in low-lying thickets and swamps from Canada to Georgia, the pussy willow is hardy to USDA zones 4-7. Stands of Salix discolor form […]

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    Go a Little Less Green for the Environment

    Consider Replacing Part or All of Your Front Lawn with a Pollinator-Friendly Garden. You’ll create habitat for honey bees and other pollinators and add beauty to your yard.

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    A New Year’s Resolution for Gardeners

    Making Informed Choices About Gardening Practices and Products to Support a Healthy, Natural Environment The new year often brings about a desire for change and personal reckoning. We make promises, resolutions and plans to better ourselves and the world around us. Over the past couple of years, many people have committed to building environmentally conscious, […]

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  • Simple Holiday Gifts for Honeybee Loving Gardeners

    Give the gift of seed and/or seed starting kits. ⓒ 2010 Michaela at TGE Looking for a great, inspirational gift for the holiday season- one that keeps on giving, with the natural world and environment in mind? It’s easy to inspire a new gardener or please a more experienced green-thumb without spending a bundle over […]

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  • On Winter and Your Garden

    As the trees finally shed their leaves and our thoughts turn to wintery pleasures and indoor activities, it’s easy to forget about the honey bee. After all, our busy little friends are hibernating out of sight and mind at this time of year. But before the ground freezes, and even over winter, there are still […]

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