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By Fredrica Syren I don’t know how many of you have been able to escape the unbelievable heat wave happening around the globe. This summer my family has been suffering from the heat in both San Diego and Sweden. Noticing that out of the blue both my husband and son …

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Bee Friends

By Dawna Matthews It’s difficult to imagine my garden without flitting butterflies and the soft hum of bees. I love to watch them dance amongst the flowers and vegetables, and journey onward then return throughout the day. But bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. Over the last three years, …

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Natural Swimming Pools

 By Kim Robson Natural pools, also called swimming ponds, contain crystal clear water without harsh chemicals. A natural pool emulates the image of a natural lake. It provides a living body of water for people, animals, and plants; and recreates the unique experience of swimming in a natural lake. The …

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Grow Edible Lawns

By Chef Centehua Edible lawns, as the name clearly states, are lawns you can eat. In fact, before we had lawns, we had gardens. Our ancestors grew food, were resourceful and self-reliant. Edible lawns are beautiful and attract all kinds of pollinators — butterflies, bees, hummingbirds. They also spark conversations with neighbors …

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Getting Dirty – Starting a Garden with Children

By Dawna Matthews Spring has arrived, and with it are days outside and digging in the earth. In early November, my daughter Chloé helped plant our tulip bulbs for the spring. They began blooming two weeks ago. Every day she is so excited to look out the window, see the …

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EU Bans Bee-Killing Pesticides: Is the U.S. Next?

By Fredrica Syren As everyone who follows my web site knows, I have a love for bees and I believe bees are in danger of extinction. Toxic pesticides in our environment are a major reason they are dying. Some people have asked me why bees are so important. It’s fairly …

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The Necessity of Water Conservation, Now!

By Christopher Marciello Water: what would we do without it? Nothing! We wouldn’t exist without it, nor will our descendants if we don’t learn about where our water comes from and how our usage affects it. I realize that’s a fairly heavy introduction, but it’s the truth. Our numbers are …

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Extreme Weather

By Kim Robson In recent years, we’ve all noticed that destructive storms and severe droughts or flooding seem to be on the rise. Instead of these events happening once every 30 to 100 years, they seem to be happening practically EVERY year. From Hugo to Katrina to Ike to Sandy, …

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Preserving Our Heritage, Choose Heirloom Seeds

By Christopher Marciello Its’ starting to get closer to that time of the year when it’s time to plant seeds for summer. When you do really do consider using heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are somewhat fashionable as of late, so I’d like to begin by briefly mentioning the types of …

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