Declining Insects — Declining World

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  Insect populations around the world are rapidly declining. Within the next 20 years, 40% of the earth’s insect species may be extinct and within 100 years insects could disappear completely.  (Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers Biological Conservation, Apr. 2019).         If your initial response to these… Read more »

“Frenemies “ — Bugs, Your Garden and You

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When I started my gardening career, and I hate to admit how many decades ago that was, dealing with bugs in the garden was easy. See a bug?  Kill it — preferably with a strong, extremely toxic chemical.            Today my relationship with bugs in the garden is much more complicated…. Read more »

Planting in a Changing World – Part 2: Climate Change

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Gardening has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother had beds of iris and grew roses in her St. Louis back yard, my father had a thriving vegetable patch in the former ash pit of our home and my grandmother always had annuals blooming next to her kitchen… Read more »

Planting in a Changing World – Part 1: Phenology

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  I was catching up on some reading the other day when an unexpected term caught my attention. At first glance I thought the word was phrenology and I couldn’t understand why anyone from the magazine Horticulture would be writing about measuring skulls. Rereading, I figured out that my brain had substituted a familiar word… Read more »