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Happy Arbor Day! The last friday in April is Arbor Day in the U.S. So today, plant a tree for the next generation.
While it takes a decade or more for trees to mature, even saplings improve soil, air, and storm runoff. The sooner you plant a tree, the sooner you'll see its benefits.
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Scientists have discovered that Monarch Butterflies have a biological GPS-like system that guides them to Mexico and back every year. Remarkable.
Researchers have long puzzled over the mechanisms that monarch butterflies use to navigate thousands of miles each year, back and forth from their wintering grounds in Mexico. A new study suggests how they may process information to determine which way to go.
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When I bought my home, there were 3 Pear trees planted in my yard. Now there are none. Those beautiful white flowers are wreaking havoc with the environment.
All those white blooming trees you see everywhere……..do you think they are pretty? If you knew what they actually represent, you would choke on your morning coffee and gag on your scrambled eggs.
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+Prue Stopford I think you guys call it the Callery Pear, and I've heard it mentioned in Gardeners' Question Time, so it is over there in the UK - maybe you guys are smart enough not to plant it as much as we have over here.. 
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Carrots are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden, as well as one of the tastiest and most nutritious.
The key to growing carrots succesfully in your garden is in the soil preparation, especially if you live in areas with rocky or clay soil.
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Sweet potatoes are not grown in the same way you grow other potatoes. In fact, they're in a completely different family of plants.
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Are you new to gardening and just getting your feet wet? Here's a cheat sheet of the most success-assured vegetables to grow in your first garden.
Dr. Leonard Perry from the University of Vermont describes the easiest vegetables to grow for beginning or time-challenged gardeners.
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Happy Earth Day! Do you know the history of Earth Day?
In 1970, it wasn't illegal for factories to spew poisonous smoke, dump toxic sludge or release fish-killing effluent into water. Earth Day changed that.
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Have you thought about renting goats to clear your weeds?
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Not sure when it's safe to set out your seedlings? Or when to start seeds indoors? Johnny's has a fantastic chart to help you. All you need to know is the last frost date for your area (google it), punch in the date, and let the chart do the rest.
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Oh, the dreaded poison ivy. Chemicals rarely work, tilling creates more of it, it's dangerous to burn, and if you're allergic, even getting near it can have you riding the proverbial garden bench for a month. But there is a safe way to do away with it.
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Which herbs do you grow in your garden?
The best and most useful herbs to grow in your garden, from Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont.
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You can help report bloom times and other observations in your area. This data helps scientists not only track changes to plants due to climate change, but other important data as well.
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We have photographic records and keep a calendar record of every plant we have and when it first blooms, as well as keeping track of first sightings of critters like bees and lady bugs.  That is how I know that we are almost a month ahead of where we were last year.  For example, my peach bloomed on the 4th of April last year, but this year it bloomed on the 13th of March.
Thanks for posting this link, as we would enjoy helping with a citizen science project like this.
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Organic Gardening, Sustainability, Environmental Advocacy
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Sharing information on caring for your flower gardens, vegetable gardens and lawn using only organic methods. As industrial agriculture and traditional landscapers use increasingly toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, anyone who eats food or takes a stroll in a public park is exposed to an ever increasing soup of chemical residues which have proven negative impacts on our health.

I grow and write in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, which is situated where the Lehigh and Delaware rivers meet. At my home I grow as much food as possible – organic vegetables, herbs and fruit – with a focus on sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, basil, sweet peppers, parsley, carrots, potatoes, spinach, thyme, cucumbers, mint, melons, raspberries, blackberries and pears. I also find myself continuously expanding my flower garden when not in my vegetable garden or climbing the pear tree. My wife claims I have “a plant problem” and I think she’s right.

I’m not formally schooled in horticulture or botany, but I started gardening when I was in primary school, working alongside my mother and grandmother. My Paternal Grandfather had been a farmer, as was my Uncle, so you might say I was born into this sort of thing.  As many gardeners have, I learned from experience and listening to the wisdom of previous generations. I add to my knowledge with an ever-expanding personal library devoted to all things plants.

P.S.: I’m always interested in guest blogging opportunities!