Tips to provide protected nesting sites for Native Bees

Protecting and Providing Nesting for Native Bees and Wasps There are products on the market to provide cheap, renewable bee hotels for our native bees and wasps. Here are a few things to help your bees be at home. Leave open ground (no mulch) with sandy soil for ground Keep a wood pile where borers […]

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Mildew Prevention methods for all the plants in my garden.

Powdery mildew is a major factor in my decision NOT to plant cucumbers in 2019. Luckily I still have pickles in the cupboard, but for those who must have pickles …. try these preventative measures to get ahead of any mildew problems. 3  PREVENTION methods that won’t harm the bugs… Better site the cucumbers – […]

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Experiments in permaculture with microclimates in a suburban yard

This year saw unintended permaculture experiments, and one in the making. I never installed the replacement soaker hoses in the flower bed.  Instead of trying to salvage what couldn’t tolerate the semi-arid conditions it became another experiment in conservation.  Next spring I will take inventory of what comes back. I do not intend to water […]

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