Helping Frogs Survive the Winter

In the winter, frogs might seek refuge in your pond. Being ectothermic or cold-blooded, frogs regulate their body temperature by exchanging heat with their surroundings. These surroundings can be mud in a deep plant pocket or a potted plant located in a deep area of the pond, preferably below the frost line. The soil […]

Colocasia gigantea “Thailand Giant”

The first year (2012)

The second year (2103) with weekly fertilizer

It was love at first sight when I first saw this plant. Living in Indiana, I love to have that tropical feel in my backyard during the summer. I bought this plant online and planted it in a pot after the threat […]

New Plant Hardiness Zone Map Reveals Warming Trend

 

The USDA released their new version of the Plant Hardness Zone Map in January 2012. The new map is generally one 5- degree Fahrenheit half-zone warmer than the previous released map back in 1990. This mostly is a result of using temperature data from a longer and more recent time period. More […]

Rain Gardens

While forests and agricultural land are replaced with urban areas, it’s easy to see why increased storm runoff from these impermeable surfaces becomes a problem. Storm water runoff picks up pollutants from streets, sidewalks and lawns. It’s then rushed off to storm drains and to our local waterways and lakes. The end result is […]

GreenScaping Part 5: Practice Natural Lawn Care

Just a recap in the Series of GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard

Step 1: Build and Maintain Healthy Soil Step 2: Plant Right for Your Site Step 3: Practice Smart Watering Step 4 Adopt a Holistic Approach to Pest Management Today’s Post: Practice Natural Lawn Care

 

Mow higher, mow […]

GreenScaping Part 4: Adopt a Holistic Approach to Pest Management

Just a recap in the Series of GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard

Step 1: Build and Maintain Healthy Soil Step 2: Plant Right for Your Site Step 3: Practice Smart Watering Today’s Post: Step 4 Adopt a Holistic Approach to Pest Management

 

Continuous pest problems in your yard are […]

GreenScaping Part 3: Practice Smart Watering

Just a recap in the Series of GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard

Step 1: Build and Maintain Healthy Soil Step 2: Plant Right for Your Site Today’s Post: Step 3: Practice Smart Watering

 

Water Deeply, But Infrequently

Most plants do best when their roots are allowed to dry out […]

GreenScaping Part 2: Plant Right for Your Site

A few days ago, I introduced the series Greenscaping and discussed step 1 of 5, which was titled, “Building and Maintaining Healthy Soil”. Greenscaping, in essence, is a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden while protecting and preserving natural resources. Today brings step 2 […]

GreenScaping Part 1: Building and Maintaining Healthy Soil

GreenScaping, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, is landscaping practices that promote the health and appearance of your lawn and garden while protecting and preserving natural resources. A great article by the EPA titled, “GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard”, will be summarized here and will encompass five posts due to […]

Got Frogs? Toads?

Got Frogs? How about toads? These amphibians are considered by many specialists to be excellent indicators of the overall environmental stability of their local ecosystem. These sensitive creatures are usually the first casualties in an endangered ecosystem.

Their existence is important in both their predator and prey roles. When traveling to Panama a few […]