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Herbs in Veggie Gardens

One of the most common pieces of advice I give out is to plant flowers in your vegetable garden. Blooming flowers are a big draw to many beneficial insects, including pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies, and predators and…

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Some plants are not cool, skunk cabbage heats up

Eastern skunk cabbage at pine hole bog by dreamexplorer is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The middle of the winter may seem like an odd moment to think about flowers. In fact, if I look out my window, I can…

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Hot cocoa, bugs, and forests

Last week my neighborhood hosted the traditional Christmas tree lighting event. Usually this event involves lighting the large Christmas tree across my street, having Santa come visit the kids on the firefighter truck, and sharing a cup of warm chocolate…

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Vanilla and food: not plain when it comes to pollination

You decide to bake some cookies. You have your butter stick ready to go, you open your pantry to look for the ingredients. There is flour, oats, sugar, chocolate chips; things look good. You then realize that you’re missing that…

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The buzz in your seasonal latte: Who pollinates the pumpkin spices?

Wow, fall is here. When did that happen?! And because this fall comes after a tortuous year, I want to spend time doing some soul pampering. It is for this reason that, until the end of the year, I will…

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Native Solitary Bees: Don’t Make Your Landscape Too Tidy This Fall

Cooler evening temperatures might have you switching gears from planting and maintaining your landscape to fall decorating and garden cleanup chores. While cleaning up diseased and pest-infested plants in your yard and garden are important to prevent problems in the…

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What’s the deal with butterfly bushes: Good or bad for pollinators?

swallowtail butterfly on flowers of butterfly bush

The summer is slowly leaving us, with many of us starting to harvest the last wave of vegetables and enjoying the beautiful late summer flowers. At this time of the year, I like to review what happened in the peak…

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