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A sneak peek at The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

July 10, 2017

This year is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday! Her beloved Little House series tells a classic coming-of-age story in the pioneer spirit of the time and deeply rooted in the natural world. The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books, by New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, explores […]

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The perfect houseplant based on your summer horoscope

May 24, 2017

This year’s planetary alignments encourage self-expression, insight, and exploration. With Venus coming out of retrograde after March and a second round of eclipses due in August, we determined the perfect houseplant to balance the energies of your indoor spaces this summer.

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An interview with Tracy DiSabato-Aust

February 15, 2017

“No one should to be a slave to their garden. A garden should be enjoyed and give peace.” —Tracy DiSabato-Aust

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7 tips for the best bird migration sightings

October 20, 2016

Almost all North American birds migrate every year. For some, the migration is less than a mile long, but most have to embark on a long, exhausting, increasingly dangerous exodus spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles. Here are some of the best tips and tricks for catching a glimpse of these astonishing migrations found in Vladimir Dinet’s Wildlife […]

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The next air plant? Carnivorous plants bloom in popularity

October 13, 2016

The New England Carnivorous Plant Society‘s most successful conference to date and Portland Center Stage’s 2016 “Little Shop of Horrors” aren’t the only signs people are ravenously curious to know more about venus fly traps and other carnivorous plant species.

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Garden Flora: Quotes to garden (and live) by

September 25, 2016

With a passion for plants and a researcher’s eye, Noel Kingsbury presents Garden Flora, a peek into the history, science, and symbolism at the root of 133 of the most important plant groups.

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Making the most of limited space

January 13, 2015

Andrea Bellamy outlines the basics of creating abundant and attractive Small-Space Vegetable Gardens. When you want to grow food in a small space, every square inch of soil has to work extra hard. Experienced small-space gardeners use a number of techniques to get the most from their gardens. Practicing succession planting, vertical growing, and winter […]

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Cultivating Garden Style: Cottage au courant

October 21, 2014

Informal, quirky, and engaging characterize this garden style. Cottage gardens hold near-universal appeal, as they are often the gardens of our parents and grandparents. Born of necessity, the cottage garden was the original homesteader’s paradise. Always an overflowing, informal place where chickens might mingle with kids and bikes and vegetable patches, as well as the […]

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Get to know your plants and save time with the Know Maintenance approach

April 2, 2014

Roy Diblik wants you to get to know your plants. Understanding how plants grow and interact with each other in nature, he tells us, is key to creating self-sustaining communities, decreasing time spent on maintenance and allowing gardeners more time to use and enjoy the garden space. Roy calls this the “Know Maintenance” approach. It […]

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The problem is the solution: Attracting beneficial bugs to your garden

January 6, 2014

Jessica Walliser, author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, used to spray pesticides. Once she was educated about the harmful effects of this practice, however, she began looking for an organic solution. And that’s where the bugs come in. Bugs can be pests. They can also be predators that feed on the pests. To […]

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