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Small Brown Bat
August 12, 2022

How & Why to Attract Bats

Bats have gotten a bad rap over the years, thanks to their associations with blood-sucking vampires, and the scare of them carrying rabies. However, despite these myths, bats are actually really useful in the garden. In fact, only 3 species of bats carry rabies and all of them live in Central and South America. Instead, […]
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Bat House on Tree
August 18, 2022

Bat Houses Pros & Cons

Yes, you do need to be careful around bats carrying diseases, but attracting these animals to your yard can do wonders for your land’s overall health. Recently bat houses—like bird, butterfly and bee homes—have become more popular among the home gardener and hobby farmer. Bats are an often-ignored species in conservation, despite the fact that […]
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Bee Balm with Hummingbird
November 3, 2022

All About Bee Balm

A perennial favorite native to North America, bee balm (also called wild bergamot or monarda) is beloved in flower beds for its beautiful blooms of red, pink, purple or white—not to mention the fragrant foliage. Bee balm is a great addition to a pollinator garden. The flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees; and the seed heads will […]
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Japanese Beetle on Leaf
June 19, 2022

Controlling Japanese Beetles in Your Garden

Japanese beetles were not much of a problem in the United States until about 1919, when this ravenous native of Japan began a serious invasion, probably after hitchhiking to North American on imported ornamental plants. Today, they are a serious nuisance to gardeners and farmers across North America. The adult Japanese beetles that eat so […]
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March 22, 2023


Years ago begonias were known as a shade plant. Better breeding has introduced varieties that can take both shade and sun. The succulent-like leaves and stems of wax begonias don’t need constant moisture and can withstand short periods of dry weather. A general rule for watering begonias is to give them about an inch of […]
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Rex Begonias
June 3, 2022

Rex Begonia Care

Among the various types of begonias, Begonia rex is one of the most beautiful and dramatic plants. Sometimes called painted-leaf begonias or fancy-leaf begonias, these plants are known for their variegated leaves. They frequently have large leaves (up to 6 inches long) that are brightly colored in various shades of green, red, silver and even purple. These […]
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Pink Rieger Begonias
June 3, 2022

Growing Rieger Begonias

Flowering begonias, also known as Rieger begonias, are beautiful flowering winter plants with creamy blooms in bright yellows, reds, pinks and even white. They are fast-growing, and typically bred to bloom during the winter season and sold as disposable plants; the idea is to enjoy the bloom and throw them out after the season is […]
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Bird bath
May 5, 2022

The Benefits of Birds

It can be a lot of work to attract backyard birds, but doing so can offer many benefits beyond just enjoying feathered visitors. Benefits of Backyard Birds Wild birds are part of the local ecosystem, and attracting them to your yard means planning bird-friendly landscaping, adding fresh, clean water to the yard and choosing the best bird […]
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Birds on Branch
June 3, 2022

All About Backyard Birding

Bird feeding can be a valuable addition to your wildlife gardening, but where do you start? With so many varieties of bird houses, seed, suet, flowers and ornamental grasses, it can be hard to decide what you need. To help you on your journey, we’ve gathered some helpful information to guide you on the attracting […]
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