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Fiber containers biodegrade – the how and why

Posted on: August 28th, 2019

One of the benefits and popularity of fiber planting containers for both professional and do-it-yourself growers is their ability to biodegrade. Not surprising when taking into account the 2019 Retail and Sustainability Survey by CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. They found that more than two-thirds of those surveyed…

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How plants breathe could create drought resistant plants

Posted on: July 25th, 2019

Though you’d never suspect it, plants do in fact breathe through microscopic pores in their leaves called “stomata” which takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen through a process known as photosynthesis. As many of us learned during middle school science, plants undergo a process called photosynthesis in which plants absorb carbon dioxide from the…

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Hurricane season brings harsh weather and disease

Posted on: July 25th, 2019

For those who live along the coast of North America, you’re well aware that hurricane season is now upon us. In the Atlantic, it runs from June 1 through November 30; in the Pacific, from May 15 through November 30. Still, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center states the majority of hurricanes tend to…

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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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