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Lawns & Gardens

How Wasteful Are The 1.1M Swimming Pools in Drought-Stricken California?

More than half of California is experiencing "exceptional" drought, the highest ranking on the scale that measures drought. And, since May, the entire state has been in a severe drought. As a native…

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Maybe Earthworms Aren’t As Great As We Think

It never occurred to me to be anti-earthworms, since I had always heard that earthworms kept soil healthy. Then I started coming across news stories about earthworms as "invasive" species that are des…

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7 Ways to Protect the Birds in Your Yard

Birds are under attack! Not just from cats and other predators, but from environmental factors, too. Climate change, in particular, is taking a big toll on birds, according to this recent report from …

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A Gorgeous Gallery of September Flowers

September is the time of year when children head back to school and the harvest begins to wind down in the Northern Hemisphere. While the weather is often mild and sunny, there tends to be a feeling o…

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Why Garden on the Ground When You Can Grow Up?

If you love gardening but don't have the ground space, don't be deterred. Vertical gardening is all the rage these days, and for many good reasons. It doesn't require a lot of territory. You can s…

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Are Pesticides Lowering Our Intelligence?

I've been studying the effects of toxic industrial chemicals and heavy metals for 25 years and with greater intensity for my upcoming brain health book, 60 Seconds to Boost Your Brain Health (Rodale, …

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Rustic Roasted Tomatoes With Garlic & Herbs

The tomato harvest is in full swing at my house and we've been picking some big, beautiful juicy red tomatoes and tons of little, yellow-orange sungold cherry tomatoes, too. We've mostly been dehydrat…

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4 Vegetables You Can Plant Now For A Fall Harvest

The cooler weather and shorter days of fall don't have to mean the end of the harvest from your garden. If you plant some of these classic root crops now, you can still enjoy fresh homegrown produce w…

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The Weirdest Foods You Can Grow in Your Garden (Infographic)

Your garden just got a little bit stranger. Forget about cherry tomatoes and peppers. These foods are vibrant, unique and totally plantable in your backyard. Pretty soon, you could be eating foods you…

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How Not to Spread Invasive Pests

When hungry insects decide to travel to new areas, they can devastate crops and trees and upset native ecosystems. And we humans often inadvertently provide transportation for these hungry pests. …

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Really good to see both the kid & the dog having fun together.

Given the fact that colder weather is coming, one is going to have to grow everything inside, as the…

Praying for you and your family. I totally get it .