With many pollinators at risk, or on the decline, it is important to protect them in any way that we can. Mason Bees are great pollinators and building them a home to live in is easy!
Learn some tricks to growing early corn so you can avoid cross-pollination with neighboring GMO corn and beat the bugs while you are at it.
This post outlines the basics of garden planning to save seeds from cucumbers, melons, squash and gourds.
A pragmatic approach to eliminating male sterility from a home garden. Includes a diagram and photos about what to look for.
Roses are easy to grow successfully if you follow a few guidelines: provide good air circulation around the canes and keep the plants clean and not too damp. Roses come in many forms, including bush or shrub, climbing, and miniature.
Learn how to breed corn in your own corn nursery, plus learn how to properly hand-pollinate corn plants.
A birdbath in the garden does much more than a birdfeeder. Attract birds to the garden with water, and they will help with pest control, soil aeration, and much more as they get the water they need for drinking and grooming. Wasps love a drink too.
By the 4th of July, there's a palpable shift in the feel of the beekeeping season. New beekeepers wish for more guidance, and may even be wondering why they started this project! Here's a little reassurance that you are not alone in your endeavor.
It helps us feel better to know "why" things happen, but we don't always get to know that answer...
A quick essay regarding the "size" question of a top bar hive, from the bee's point of view - where it's all about the "volume"!
This blog post started life as an article in The Natural Farmer,published by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). It could be said to herald the birth of that entity we have come to call The Cynical Optimist.
Learn how to encourage good pollinators when growing plants under row covers to keep out the bad bugs.

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