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Product Scouted: Barebones Hori Hori Knife

Are you ever in need of a sharp, portable digging tool that can also serve as a knife, twine cutter, bottle opener, measuring device, or stake hammer? If your answer was yes to even one of those questions (even the bottle opener), then you must┬ácheck out the Barebones Living Hori Hori knife. The name Hori…

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Five Underutilized Native Plants For Your Garden

Native Plants To Grow In Your Garden

Happy Earth Day everyone! To celebrate the beautiful world we live in, I visited my local nature preserve and and gathered some pictures of five cool native plants that are underutilized in the garden setting. I will keep the writing brief – this will be a mostly visual post. Here we go!   Cinnamon Ferns…

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Why Do Trees Leaf Out?

This is a question that fascinates me. When I look around in spring, I notice that although the maples and the magnolias are out, the hickories and sweet gums are not. Why is that? Today I’d like to take a shot at answering that question. I’ve figured out there seem to be three major factors…

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Designing A Four-Season Garden

Designing A Four-Season Garden

I don’t know about you, but I like a garden that changes throughout the seasons. I find the suburban plantings that only use evergreens for “year-round interest” boring. A certain percentage of the plants in my garden are evergreens, but I don’t overplant. Like the old mantra says, “everything is good in moderation.” The key…

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My Secret Weapon For Identifying Warblers

Warblers. The mere mention of that particular type of bird used to annoy me. At my house, they’ve been labeled as the “feathered phantoms,” because of their jittery movements and the fact that they NEVER stick around long enough to be identified. Oh, the frustration! I was about to give up hope of ever identifying…

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The Benefits of Carrying a Field ID Guide

What comes to mind when I speak the term, “field identification?” What I personally think of is taking a walk around on the edge of the woods, ID guide in hand, naming all of the plants or bugs that I pass by. Even though this is technically field identification, there is much more to it…

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