Why Leaf Piles Make Me Sad

Morning light slants, setting heaps of golden leaves afire. It’s so lovely. As I bike by, families are outside raking, making great piles for small offspring to leap into. There are peals of laughter amidst flying leaves. American Beauty portraits are taken of toddlers. Minnesota is celebrating her seasons . Why am I sad? It’s…

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Seeds Of Inspiration

Seeds are wondrous things.  As metaphors they sprout hope in our hearts. They blossom as awareness in our consciousness. In the physical world they are miraculously engineered packages of DNA. They survive fire, drought, and floods. They float. They fly. They transport life’s diversity through time and space. The seed of a date palm more than…

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This Is Honey Joe

I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine. This is Honey Joe, my cultural gem of a neighbor. He’s a nimble 93, and has been a beekeeper for 69 years. He’s had hives all over the metropolitan area, including the nature centers, but now he concentrates on those in his backyard, next to…

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Swell Plant Sources

Swell Places To Shop in the Twin Cities Area (MN) Bachman’s Many locations. All Bachman’s grown annuals are neonic free, ask regarding perennials, shrubs and trees. Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply 1771 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104 • 651-645-0818 Plants and seeds. Fruit trees, shrubs, berries. Hampden Park Co-op 928 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, MN…

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Products to Avoid

A Partial List If you care about pollinators, be on the alert for neonics. They can hide under a multitude of aliases in lawn treatments, Japanese beetle sprays, and tree-treatments for emerald ash-borer. Treatment in your neighbors yard can kill the bees in your yard, so the time to talk about this is now. Be…

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List of Foods We Will Lose if We Don’t Save the Bees

Pollinators are required for one third of the world’s food crop. It’s not just honeybees at risk here; there are the myriad native pollinators ; the bumblebees, solitary bees, wasps, flies and beetles and beneficial insects such as ladybird beetles, and lacewings are in steep decline. They, and we, are all connected in the larger…

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Insect-Friendly Gardens

By Margot Monson · Park Bugle · March 25, 2014 For all the gardeners and flowering plant lovers who want to create an environment that attracts beneficial insects to your yards and gardens, consider choosing your plants with extra care this spring. This includes the potted plants and baskets of colorful annuals you may choose for gifts.…

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Bee Thirsty No More

Garden Mentors · March 20, 2010 When I first met Corky to talk about bringing in Ballard Bees to my garden, he pointed out that the bees would love some of my shallow bird baths. Yep, the bees get thirsty too. He did suggest adding woven sticks, wine corks or other items that float so…

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Spring! Glorious Spring!

It’s been so long awaited this year, the year that winter would never end, but now at last, it’s time to plant! Here are two upcoming events not to be missed with a focus on our pollinators’ favorite forage; native plants. Natives; rich with with pollen, brimming with nectar, and with a wild beauty that’s…

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