It’s World Bee Day!

May 20 is World Bee Day.  The United Nations designated this day to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development. Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival …

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The white knights of the garden

Beneficial insects aka natural enemies or good bugs are predators that help control pests. Some common ones you’re likely to see in the spring garden include: Green lacewings – recognizable with their slender pale green body, delicate gossamer wings and immense golden eyes. The adult consumes only pollen and nectar; it’s the young form that …

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Five things you can do help the planet

April 22 is Earth Day – a time to reflect on what you can do to help protect the planet, beginning in your own back yard.  Here are five things you can do: Grow your own fruit and vegetables. You’ll cut down on fuel used to transport food.  Compost kitchen and garden waste. You’ll make …

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Bug-Eating Bats Help Control Garden Pests and More!

Being bugged by pesky mosquitos or moths? Want some help reducing their numbers?  Encourage bats to hang around!  Often having the undeserved reputation of nighttime villain, these furry, winged mammals are beneficial to the environment. They consume huge numbers of night-flying insects, pollinate plants and disperse seeds. As long as they’re not roosting under your …

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