Helping western monarch butterflies is more important than ever before. Recent counts of overwintering western monarchs have revealed that their population is now below endangered species status. Once numbering around 4.5 million in the 1980’s, they’re now a population of 28,429 individuals. That’s .06% of historic averages or, in other words, their population has declined by 99.4%. Hearing this news, I...
Thinking of growing your own herb tea garden? Chamomile, lavender, anise hyssop, calendula, and echinacea are just a few plants to consider when planning an herbal tea garden. The trick is to grow the ones you love first and then test your boundaries with one or two new-to-you varieties. What’s wonderful is you don’t need much space to grow herbs, most...
Are you wishing ladybugs would find your garden as easily as aphids? Never fear, the trick for attracting ladybugs to your garden begins with a simple, 4 letter word: FOOD. It’s also important to remember that the basic needs of living creatures doesn’t vary too much from one to another. Food is primary, but so too are habitat, water, and...
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