Appreciating the Winter Garden

Two words bring together my feelings about gardening: appreciation and fascination. At the end of December, when…

Old Farmers Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a…

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Growing Communities

Imagine a city in which every neighborhood is filled with healthy street trees, attractive parks, and productive gardens; where the air and water are clean; where neighborhood youth take an active role in improving their environment; and where diverse residents come together to build their city stronger through community stewardship.

The Garden of Ethics

America’s environmental wake-up call is increasingly evident in our own backyards, especially when it comes to our…

Life is a Stage and We Are Stuntmen

… from the Natural Handyman Every now and then I wonder, “Will I be found out?” Ever…

Chicken Laying Nests

One of the most critical pieces of a new chicken coop is how and where to build…

Blossoms falling off bean plants

Bean blossom drop can occur when temperatures stay consistently over 90 degrees and/or if the plants are…

The Difference Between Gardening and Farming

My father once said… I am a gardener, NOT a farmer. There is a difference. As if…

Organic Gardening and Bugs

I have focused on the soil for the last (large) number of years always hoping to get…

Colorado Potato Beetle

Okay. It’s a really pretty beetle. (Click on it and look at it up close if you…

Squash and Cross Pollination

Summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins and gourds belong to the Cucurbita family. Members of this family may…

Watermelons and Cross Pollination

Do you have to separate watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) from other types of melons to keep them from…

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