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Green Thumb Sunday: Hunting for pollen

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Green Thumb Sunday: Bee in my beet greens

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Tiny white spots on a backside? Never good.

When my parents were visiting, I pointed out my struggling basil plant and noted that, though I had aids to keep me from forgetting to water it (and, indeed, hadn’t even OVERwatered it), it looked pretty wretched. The leaves had gotten limp and had started to lose their color, and I’d already cut back half [...]

Hot, hot ladybug action

The bright flashes of red on the sunflower leaves caught my eye as I passed by the bed. First one, then two, then it was as if my eye had calibrated to pick them up, and the ladybugs were everywhere, scattered amidst the leaves like water droplets. Ladybugs and I have a troubled history: I [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Halloween bug, climbing

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Low-maintenance pet

Not that long ago, I went out to cut some parsley for a dish I was making, and very nearly harvested myself a caterpillar. I don’t understand how this works. There were, as it turned out, three of these vibrant guys hanging out in my two parsley pots, all chilling on a parsley sprig of [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Launching pad

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Holy bean leaves, Batman!

It’s probably too early—far too early—to declare the Great Bean Experiment of 2007 a success. But, at least temporarily, there seem to be good things happening. There are flowers on the bean plants. Lots of flowers. And as I’ve learned, flowers beget vegetables. As much as I love flowers for flowers’ sake, I sure do [...]

Finally, the non-mosquito bugs come out to play

There’s been all kinds of news this year about the lack of bees around the country. I’m as troubled by this as everyone else, and must admit that this year, there are many fewer bees in evidence in my garden than last summer. I don’t know if I just planted the wrong things, or if [...]