When we moved into our turn-of-the-century home, it was 20 degrees at the beginning of January, and the snow started to fall the next day. It wasn’t until early May that I started to notice the little overgrown garden planted on the south side of the house.
By mid June that year – we had a late spring – I was excited to find that I’d also inherited a turn-of-the-century little rose garden. There were two overgrown rose bushes that produced one flush each of light pink and burgundy roses, respectively. And man! They smelled amazing.
We’ve all seen numerous examples of tree topping and crown reduction pruning in cities and suburbs. These examples include trees that are lopped off on one side or look like a huge gouge has been taken out of the top. Or trees with whole crowns having been cut down to stumps.
It’s no secret that water is a precious resource which some in this world don’t have access to. It’s also no secret that the toilets and showers we take for granted in most of the United States use a lot of water.
Have you ever been to a tulip festival? Have you ever looked over a sea of bright, bobbing heads in blocks of colors drenched in spring sunshine?
Tulips are one of the most popular flowers in America and other northern countries – where they are among the first flowers to hale the welcome signs of warmer weather coming. Ever since the Dutch made an art form out of tulip plantings, tulips have been popular wherever there are strong Dutch roots.
But do you know tulips actually come from the Middle East?
With all the talk about prairie grasses and planting to attract pollinators to your yard, you might be wondering if turfgrass, or lawn is ecologically responsible to have at all in your yard.
You also might be wondering how, if not, every suburban lawn, every green public space in the city, and every berm is covered with the stuff and why we just think of it as normal. It has an interesting history, actually.
You may have heard about turmeric as a tea, a spice to add to curry dishes or even a natural dye for Easter eggs or fabric. You might also have heard of turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin, which has been successfully used to treat all kinds of illnesses including cancer. I’m here to tell you, turmeric has been used to do all of these things and much more.
Have you ever wandered around an orchard in early spring when the trees were blossoming?
Just one bright pink and delicately fragrant tree on a property is enough to entice even the most industrious worker to stop and laze around under the veil of pink or white blooms. This is especially true when you know how fleeting it is.
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.