2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 – What Parents Need to Know

2017 Dirty Dozen list - strawberries

More and more Americans want their food to be free of synthetic chemicals. Pesticides have been linked to cancer, decreased cognitive function, and behavior problems in children. In addition, children and infants are more vulnerable to the impact of pesticides.

Thankfully, the EWG’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce conducts a study each year to help parents make informed choices for themselves and children’s food. This study helps parents make informed, researched based, decisions when it comes to their produce shopping.

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Surprising Uses of Vinegar: Detoxify Your Garden

Surprising Uses of Vinegar: Detoxify Your Garden and Your Home

Surprising Uses of Vinegar: Detoxify Your Garden

Are you concerned by how many chemicals you’re exposed to every day in your food, your environment, and cleaning supplies?

Maybe you’ve made a commitment to getting rid of pesticides and chemicals in your life – at least the ones you can control. Or maybe you’re not sure where to start. You know it would be better for the environment not to use bleach, but you’re not sure if anything else will get the job done.

In that case, let me tell you about the amazing uses of vinegar for your home and garden.

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Best Time to Plant Trees

Best Time to Plant Trees – What You Need to Know

Best Time to Plant Trees

One question we hear most often is, “When is the best time to plant trees?” The answer might surprise you.

When is the Best Time to Plant Trees?

The short answer is: it depends. A majority of people will say spring is the best season. This tends to be the popular time of year because it is when people begin to focus on their yard and landscape after the winter time. However, many people will argue that the fall is actually the best time to plant trees. Let’s take closer look at the optimal time to plant your trees and what you should know.

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Dahlias - from summer blooming bulbs

Why You Should Plant These Summer Blooming Bulbs

Dahlias from summer blooming bulbs o tubers

Did you know there are summer blooming bulbs? Of course you do! Did you know they are actually called tubers?

There are two plants I would like to talk about today: dahlias and tuberous begonias. Both of these flowers start from tubers that can be planted just like bulbs. They originate in tropical climates, so they can’t be planted before the last frost hits. However, if you’re looking for easy show-stoppers in your yard, this is it.

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Gardening Strategies: 3 Unexpected Ways to Garden This Year

Gardening strategies

It’s February and if you are like me, you are starting to dream big about your summer garden. You may be starting to stare longingly at green things and wish your toes were warm again. Or, you may be starting to forget what a sunburn feels like. And you’re starting to plan your garden.

Maybe you have your routine down: you have your perennials, your favorite vegetables, and your plots all laid out already. However, you may be ready to change it up. Maybe you’re frustrated with some things about gardening and ready to be different.

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Fairy gardens

Fairy Gardens: How to Create Enchanting Small Spaces

Fairy gardens

Do you have kids in your life right now or will you have them soon? If not, have you taken the time, lately, to look in the nooks and crannies of your outdoor space or stoop down to see things from a tiny person’s perspective?

I have to admit, I haven’t done this enough. However, I have been noticing a trend in things I read. On social media, I am seeing what I think would open the imagination of a person at any age and which could prove rewarding especially to a home gardener.

What is this trend I’m talking about? Fairy gardens, of course.

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Central Park in NYC designed by Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted: Father of Modern Landscape Architecture

Central Park in NYC designed by Frederick Law Olmsted

Have you ever been to Central Park in New York City? Golden Gate Park in San Francisco? America’s Capitol grounds? Detroit’s Belle Isle? The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC?

If you’ve been to any of these places, you’ve seen landscape architecture at its finest. All of these places were planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who arguably fathered landscape architecture in this country. It is likely many of the most memorable green spaces you’ve been to were planned by him, one of his sons, or one of the many landscape architects influenced by him.

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