World Naked Gardening Day: It all started in Seattle

Not to worry, Seattle, about the Seattle we fear losing. Not as long as people like Mark Storey are around. That would be the unconventional, a bit off-kilter Seattle that separates us from same-sameness that envelopes many of our cities. He’s one of the co-founders of World Naked Gardening Day, now in its 13th year, which was celebrated around the world last Saturday, as it always has been, on the…

10 Effective Ways To Protect Your Garden From Birds

Photo by: Agonjaka [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] So spring has arrived, and you’re feeling accomplished! You carefully transplant your young plants out into the garden and sow your seeds into the soil.  Days later you come out to find all of your newly planted crops have disappeared! Birds have been eating away at your tiny seedlings faster than they could grow, which devastates your crop. Let’s explore 10 easy ways…

This is How to Correctly Plant Tomatoes to Grow 5–8 ft Plants

Here are some useful tips that will help you grow healthy and delicious tomatoes in your garden: Plant the tomato seedlings in pots, and poke holes underneath to prevent water stagnation. In order to make them flourish and ripen, you should ensure they receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Moreover, water the tomato seedlings twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. They are ready…

Monsanto asks court to overturn $78.5 million damage award for Bay Area groundskeeper

Photo: Josh Edelson / Associated Press 2018 Monsanto Co. asked a state appeals court Wednesday to overturn a groundbreaking $78.5 million damage award to a Bay Area groundskeeper who was diagnosed with cancer after years of spraying the company’s best-selling herbicide, arguing that there is no credible evidence the product is dangerous. In the years that plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson applied the glyphosate-based weed killer to the school grounds on…

Bee-Safe Pesticide May Not Be So Safe, Says New Study

In the wake of widespread condemning of neonicotinoid pesticides as they affect bee populations, chemical companies have tried to come up with alternatives. One of those alternatives is a pesticide called Sivanto, made by Bayer CropScience. Sivanto is Bayer’s brand name for a pesticide called flupyradifurone, and the company has stressed that the pesticide is safe on bees, to the point of commissioning studies affirming the fact. Bayer’s American director…

Study: Sniffing Rosemary Improves Memory

The smell of rosemary enhances our ability to recall past events and remember what to do in the future studies find. For one recent study, researchers from Northumbria University placed 150 healthy senior citizens in rooms which had been infused with either rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, or no scent at all, and then tested them on their ability to remember to do something at a given time, such as…

Women Who Surround Themselves With Plants Live Longer

We like to surround ourselves with friends, pets, fresh air, and sunshine, but have you ever considered the benefits of plants? According to some new research, living in the midst of healthy vegetation has proven to significantly extend one’s life expectancy. Research coming directly out of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as the Brigham and Women’s Hospital has analyzed the results of an eight-year-long study that…

How About This Self-Sufficient Garden Pool Farm?

When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty. Instead of spending a small fortune to repair and fill it, Dennis had a far more prescient idea: He built a plastic cap over it and started growing things inside. Thus, with help from family and friends and a ton of internet research, Garden Pool was born. What was…

Anthracnose Disease: What Is It, [HOW TO] Prevention and Treatment

Anthracnose disease is a plant disease that affects a number of shade trees and shrubs, even ornamental plants during the growing season. Belonging to the kingdom of fungi, Anthracnose disease is generally common in the eastern parts of the United States. It was identified in 1875 in Germany. Since then, it has spread all around the world. Today, a number of nations, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, India, China,…