small royal blue bird, with white breast on moss-covered wood
What's the Buzz?

Update: Why Are the Birds Dying?

If you’re one of the many WFH, who have become a COVID gardener, I want to alert you to an article that popped up in the news a few weeks ago. It was picked up by the Smithsonian magazine folks who ran a story about it in their 9-17-20 issue.

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brilliant orange Fall color on serviceberry shrub
Curing the Gardening Phobia

2nd Lesson in Pruning: Cut Out Extra Canes

Do you have a shrub that seems to have legs? That is, it’s creeping into a different spot in your yard? It’s got so many little “shoots” that the position is actually moving?

A couple of things could be happening here. And without going into too much science—I want to keep your life simple—the issue with your traveling shrub is basically that it constantly sends up shoots looking for light and water.

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brilliant, clear blue sky with white lilacs in the foreground atop lush, dark green foliage
Curing the Gardening Phobia

First Lesson in Pruning, No Learning Curve Required

So…there’s a shrub in your yard that bloomed when you first moved in…but didn’t bloom the second year. Or the year after. And then you noticed lots of sticks in it this year. What will you do with it?

Take your first 1-minute lesson