Backyard Landscaping Tips for Summer

As we plan our summer gardens and growing spaces, it’s always great to base your plantings on a design that will serve as the bones of your beautiful backyard, front yard or small plot. Thinking of going it alone? Let a landscaping contractor help. You may be an expert with soil and plants, but there’s a lot more to it, right? Sometimes, merely establishing the layout seems a daunting challenge,…

Back EZ Gardening Anyone Can Do

You don’t have to be old or injured to want your tools to work for you rather than against you. There is a saying, “work smart, not hard” that is applicable to any age and any situation. Take gardening, for example. Some gardening tasks are simple and require little effort, but the majority are labor intensive and can make aches and pains spring up instantly, even where there were none…

5 Gardening Gadgets To Make Dad Smile

Lots of dads either have a green thumb or else wish they did. So take advantage of the fact that Father’s Day arrives in the middle of growing season and go for a gardening gift. There are lots of cute gardening gadgets out there that are sure to add some fun to the occasion. If you aren’t sure where to begin to look for cool backyard gifts for dad, just…

A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar

“National Weather Service meteorologists noticed something puzzling on their radar screens in Southern California on Tuesday evening — a big green blob. “It was very strange because it was a relatively clear day and we weren’t really expecting any rain or thunderstorms,” Casey Oswant, a NWS meteorologist in San Diego, tells NPR. “But on our radar, we were seeing something that indicated there was something out there.” So the meteorologists…

Miami Bans Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller

Miami Beach Coast, Florida (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images) “Miami city commissioners voted to outlaw the use of all weedkillers containing glyphosate on all city-owned property Thursday. City employees and contractors will have to find more eco-friendly alternatives to use on city streets, sidewalks, and parks, and residents are strongly advised to discontinue use of glyphosate on their lawns and gardens. The ban is effective immediately. City commissioner…

Cotton Might Not Be King for Long, Hemp is Making a Comeback in Levi’s Jeans

Hemp is one of the most powerful plants in the world, producing twice as much fiber as cotton, using far less water and pesticides… and fixing the soil while it’s at it! Because of its misunderstood association with marijuana, it’s been illegal to grow in the United States for over 80 years. But luckily, for the people and the planet, Congress finally passed The Hemp Farming  Act in the farm bill in December,…

DIY Bean Trellis For Any Vegetable Garden

“When you have a large garden the DIY project possibilities are almost endless. You can build anything you wish if you have some extra time and some money to invest. So, if you’re looking for a new outdoor project, then this beautiful bean tunnel might be the inspiration you need. The owner of the tunnel is April from Wahsega Valley Farm and made the tunnel for her large and impressive…

The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies & How to Prevent Their Decline

[embedded content]“Butterflies and moths have been around for millions of years. They used to be a common sight in gardens, but numbers have declined since the 1940s along with our other native wildlife species such as bees and hedgehogs. It will come as no surprise to hear this loss is due to destruction of natural habitats such as wildflower meadows, peat bogs and ancient woodlands in favor of intensive farming…

Gardening Know How Sponsorship Recipient: Oak Valley Youth Garden

This year, Gardening Know How’s School and Community GardenSponsorship Program was fortunate enough to help support 20 gardens with $1,000 each. These gardens represent a wide array of community and school programs, from Florida to Saskatchewan and many places in between. Each has its own unique and powerful story, and we’re excited to share them with you. Every other week we try to highlight one of our sponsorship recipients to…

Sun Protective Clothing and Accessories That Give You Peace of Mind

Whether you’re sensitive to sunlight or just looking to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays while dabbling in outdoors activities, like gardening, wearing the right clothing or accessories is important, and Coolibar has you covered – literally. While many of us don our sunglasses and perhaps a hat when we head outdoors, this isn’t enough. And if you think slathering on all that sunscreen and going about your…