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Hardiness zone map is beginning to shift north

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019

Avid gardeners are well aware of what a “hardiness zone map” is, and most novices are probably at least familiar with the terminology based on the plant tag information found at their local garden center or big box store. Hardiness zone maps were first developed back in 1938 – representing “the average annual extreme minimum…

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Pollinator Week – how will you get involved?

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019

The week of June 17-23, 2019 is National Pollinator Week. The week is proudly sponsored by the Pollinator Partnership, whose mission is to promote the health and sustainability of pollinators critical to our food supply and ecosystems across the globe. From the Pollinator Partnership, “Pollinators are essential to our daily life. Imagine a cup without coffee,…

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Fiber planting containers aid your environmental efforts

Posted on: April 25th, 2019

Fiber planting containers are growing in popularity – spurred on by our societies continued education and understanding of global warming. In a recent Nielsen Company survey, conducted in October of 2018, 81 percent of global consumers said it was extremely important or very important for companies to roll-out initiatives to improve the environment. Moreover, 73…

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Judean date tree proves its seeds still have power

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

For thousands of years, the Judean Date Tree was an invaluable food source in the desert of the Kingdom of Judah – as well as providing shelter and shade for much of that community. Vast forests of date palms covered an area some seven miles wide, with trees stretching up to the sky some 80…

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Using an ivy plant as a natural air filter

Posted on: February 4th, 2019

HEPA filters (high-efficiency particulate air) are a popular choice for those looking to rid the air at home of harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites and tobacco smoke. But some hazardous particles are simply too small to be trapped in these filters. Tiny molecules like chloroform (in chlorinated water) or benzene (a component…

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What we can expect from the winter of 2019

Posted on: January 4th, 2019

“In the cold dark days of the winter, dream about the flowers to get warmed up!” Mehmet Murat ildan, Turkish Writer It’s hard to believe we’re in the last month of 2018. The first day of winter, also known as the winter solstice, is Friday, December 21, and it’s known as the shortest day of the…

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Loss of tree canopy in the US is dramatic

Posted on: November 4th, 2018

Joni Mitchell’s 1970s song Big Yellow Taxi is a catchy tune but listen to the lyrics and you’ll discover something more. Few fully understand the environmental meaning behind the song – especially regarding the beautiful view tree canopies create all across the nation. In an interview she did with the Los Angeles Times, Mitchell says, “I wrote Big Yellow…

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Saving the iconic trees of America

Posted on: November 4th, 2018

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.” – Munia Khan Greenhouses and nurseries play an essential role in the development of plants, trees and shrubs for homeowners, businesses and communities across the nation.…

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Fall temperatures – is it time to break out the winter coat?

Posted on: October 4th, 2018

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the summer of 2018 is now tied with the summer of 1934 as being the fourth hottest on record in the United States. For much of the nation, the arrival of fall has been a welcomed change…

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How does the Farmer’s Almanac predict the weather?

Posted on: September 4th, 2018

“The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.” Patrick Young For growers and garden centers across the horticultural industry, weather is a continual stressor to this seasonal business. For generations, we’ve trusted the Farmer’s Almanac (and a furry little…

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