Posts

Leave the Leaves, Turn Out the Lights

Most people are aware of the global biodiversity crisis, the shocking declines of insects, birds, and other animals, yet many don’t connect it with life in our comfortable suburbs. Because everything is connected, what we do at home is more important than you might think. Anyone with a house and yard can take two actions that will immediately increase biodiversity by helping the creatures that share our neighborhoods: leave the leaves and turn out the lights.  I’ve never understood why sensible people would remove autumn leaves from under their trees and bushes, only to then pay good money to add mulch and fertilizer. Fallen leaves are nature’s combination fertilizer and mulch, full of exactly the nutrients trees and shrubs need. And regarding “messiness,” nobody walks through the forest preserves in autumn wishing someone would clear out all those darn fallen leaves. Those leaves are what make the outdoors comfortable for many animals, providing shelter, food, and habitat. Fireflies d

The Last Tomatoes

Samhain, Halloween, Day of the Dead, All Saints/Souls Days

An Absence of Some Months

A Small Prairie Garden

On Summer Break, Back Soon

All Kinds of Nightshade

Guest Post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden

Problematic Pokeweed

Beware the Dreadful Bindweed

A Date with Some Turtles

Ecological Reality Is Not What You Hypothesize

How Gardening Is Not Writing

Matteo and His Fig Tree

Spring Dispatches from the Backyard

April is Poetry Month 2011: "Segovia's Every Tree in Its Shadow"

The Earth Day Reading Project: A Blog Meme

We Need More Native Plants in Our Parks

In Praise of Native Shrubs

It's Time for Your Lawn to Make Peace with the Earth!

"Attracting Native Pollinators"

One Year on the Blog

Sandhill Cranes and Spring Resolutions

An Historical Precedent for the Polyculture Lawn

The Wild Things Conference

(GMO) Alfalfa and Our Future

Guest Post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden

A Hedgerow Project

Pollinator Garden Resources on the Web

Two Classic Accounts of Living with Nature

Rambling around the Web

Let's Talk About Bees

Non-native Plants I Won't Deep Six

Hummingbird Facts and Nature Rants