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November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful that you are here. I learned not too long ago that gratitude and happiness are BFFs, which really makes a lot of sense to me. In order to combat the overwhelming negativity of the news of the world, I've been trying to do more through...

October 25, 2018

I'm an enormous fan of the YouTube channels produced by PBS Digital Studios. I've posted before about my affection for Deep Look, an exploration of life on the small scale, mostly about bugs and ocean life.

Well, I just have to tell you that the most recent video from I...

September 20, 2018

In the above video, Patrick Dolan explains his gardening methods. His methods have a lot of overlap with my own and I agree 100% with his five gardening principles:

  1. Grow a lot of food

  2. Don't spend much money

  3. Don't work harder than you have to

  4. Work with...

June 28, 2018

I observed something curious and slightly frightening the first time I grew yardlong beans: the plants were covered in wasps. Instead of panicking, I did some reading and discovered that yardlong beans have extrafloral nectaries. While flowers produce nectar to lure po...

June 14, 2018

In my garden, I've given up on growing yellow squash, zucchini, and pattypan squash (collectively known as "summer squashes" of the species Cucurbita pepo) for three reasons:

  1. They take up too much space. Summer squash grows as a bush that can reach 4 feet in diamete...

March 1, 2018

Happy Anniversary everybody! I started this blog after giving my first gardening talk at Rooting DC 2017. I will be back at Rooting DC 2018 on Saturday to give an hour-long talk about good bugs in the garden and I'm so excited.

My primary goal for this past year of gard...

February 8, 2018

I'm busy putting the finishing touches on the presentation slides for my Gardening with Good Bugs talk for Rooting DC. My original plan was to include video clips of predators and parasitoids attacking garden pests...until I realized that my YouTube playlist had b...

January 11, 2018

Welcome to part II, butterfly larval food sources. Seeing butterflies in the garden always feels like I've been given a front row seat to watch a very special dance performance. As discussed previously, all flowering plants provide nectar that adult butterflies feed on...

June 15, 2017

I added a new link to my Stuff I Love page of resources for gardeners: Good Gardening Videos. The site host a well-curated archive of science-based gardening advice.

I particularly admire the videos by OneYardRevolution because the author generously shares his jour...

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