Federal landscapes go sustainable

Somehow I missed some really big news – the October 31 announcement of new requirements for federal landscapes.  Should I blame the less than eye-catching announcement itself, shown above?  Or maybe the ...

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Bluestone says good riddance

Pot image by Shutterstock To plastic pots, that is. According to a press release I just got, Bluestone is the first perennial nursery to com­pletely replace plastic growing pots with biodegradable media.  ...

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Wildflowers on demand

This is a mock-up; click on the second link to see the (very similar) real thing. Just stop by one of Jenny Kendler’s seed stations, located at strategic spots on Buffalo’s East ...

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Here’s to No-Blow Gardens

Guest Rant by Evelyn Hadden Let’s face it, the outdoors is getting noisier, and not in a good way. It used to be that a person could find calm, quiet places even ...

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Poor Man’s Fertilizer

As I contemplate the task of plowing the driveway, I find it hard to see anything appealing in last night’s snowfall.  It seemed to me that we already had plenty of the ...

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Winter Soundscapes

Mullein is one of my favorite plants to grow because it attracts seed-eating birds, including chickadees and downy woodpeckers, in winter. It also makes dramatic natural sculptures. Winter offers less visual stimulation. ...

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