Category Archives: Wildlife

Plight of the Pollinator


I cannot live without coffee and chocolate. Therefore, I cannot live without pollinators.
 
This week is National Pollinato Continue reading

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Plants We Love: Buttonbush

A few years ago my husband and I moved to a lakefront property that had lawn growing down to the water's edge. I immediately started researching putting in a riparian buffer (I always think of Hyacinth from the britcom "Keeping Up Appearances" touting her "riparian buffet" when I hear that phrase). Continue reading

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We Need Plants, Plants Need Pollinators

June 20-26 was Virginia Pollinator Week, a time when we focus with others across the United States on the irreplaceable value of bees, butterflies, moths and nature's other pollinators.

There is an alarming and discernible decline in the population of these fascinating creatures that make seeds and fruits magically appear on plants, shrubs and trees. While this decline is not news for those of us interested in gardening and farming, the week reminds us how much we need to ramp up our efforts to reverse this trend and educate everyone about the far-reaching effects a loss of our pollinators will have on everyday life. Continue reading

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Our Backyards - They're For The Birds!

Who doesn't enjoy hearing a songbird or catching a glimpse of their bright colors in the backyard? Some people garden specifically for wildlife, including birds, by choosing all of their plantings based on how they function for wildlife in the landscape. While you don't have to replace everything you have, certain additions can help attract our feathered friends. Continue reading

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Plants We Love: Goldenrod

Along with the growing awareness of the many benefits of planting more native plants around our homes, a natural question arises: which native plants should we plant? Continue reading

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The Benefits of Gardening with Natives

To help us understand all the benefits we gain when we plant our gardens with native plant species, we can start by taking a broader view of ourselves and all the other creatures that live with us on our planet. We share a finite amount of space in a living system that is self-perpetuating as long as the different species in that system exist within certain parameters. This is the "food web" we all learned about in elementary school. At the center of those webs we always have the plants, and, if we take them away, the system collapses. Continue reading

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Plant Some Happiness on Earth Day

While many people have been celebrating with green activities all week, today is officially Earth Day. How will you celebrate?

I've started by planting a container garden on my apartment porch. As you can see, it's a work in progress, but it's already added some sense of purpose to what was previously a barren concrete slate. I think Mother Nature would give me an A for effort. The birds and other creatures who've been visiting hopefully would do the same. Continue reading

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The Joy of Perennials

Perennials, with little doubt, are the strength of our flower gardens. Once established, they come back year after year, thereby simplifying a gardener's life. With planting season upon us, a wide variety of perennials are displayed at garden centers, making selection somewhat overwhelming. True, there is the temptation to get them all, but it is important to assess one's needs and what is right for the garden. Continue reading

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Let's Get Growing

Welcome to Plant More Plants!

We'll give you tips and information to help you create the best yard possible - both for your family and for the Chesapeake Bay.

As the largest estuary in the United States, the Bay is important, and its well-being is the cornerstone of the new Plant More Plants campaign. More than 17 million people live in the Bay's watershed, and many rely on its economic and recreational benefits. The Bay also is home to 3,600 species of fish, plants and animals. Continue reading

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