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Attract Hummingbirds Year Round by Growing A Healthy Habitat

Written by Alicia R. Early Spanish explorers to the New World called hummingbirds joyas voladores or “flying jewels.” They had never before seen the tiny, brightly colored birds with long needle-like beaks, because hummingbirds only live in the Western Hemisphere. Horticulturists theorize that this is why the birds seem to prefer flowering plants native to this half of […]

Finding Pet-Safe Houseplants that May Help Clean Air

Written by Alicia R. Houseplants are refreshing to the eye and spirit for people and pets alike. Greenery may even refresh indoor air, although research on that topic is inconclusive about how toxin and plant interaction in the in sealed, closed rooms of scientific studies will translate to home environments. But it can be difficult […]

Get Fire Wise with Tips & Plants to Protect Your Home

Written by Alicia R. Fire probably is the last thing most people are thinking about when entering garden centers bursting with color. But out West, where wildfire is becoming all too common, a new kind of landscape design  is emerging — fire-wise landscaping. Many California cities throughout the state are considered at risk of wildfire […]

Ways You Can Help Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators

Many gardeners are concerned about helping to support insects that pollinate plants, especially the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) due to its continuing decline.  In this article, we will cover the many ways that gardeners can help monarch butterflies.  The Xerxes Society for Invertebrate Conservation reports that only 200,000 monarchs were observed overwintering along the California […]

Urban Homesteading: How City Folks Take Up Farming in Their Own Back Yard

Written by Sarah R. Urban homesteading, sounds kind of trendy and cool, doesn’t it? It also sounds kind of contradictory. Urban means city and homesteading means country. How can ever the two meet? Urban homesteading, although at face value seems to incorporate two conflicting ideas, is a cool possibility that is becoming a trend among […]