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    Yard Notes: Sick of Cicada Fracas? There’s Plenty More to Bug Out On

    The news is aswarm with warm weather wackiness—like pollen blizzards!

    Yard Notes: First Impressions Can Stink Like Carrion Flowers

    Green thumbs think they have the key to life, but no shame in dirt: we’ll be rotting in it someday.

    Pruning Tips: If You Haven’t Gone Deep with a Lopper, You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

    I’d never come across a scene like this before. Limbs everywhere. The main part of the body—what was left of it—was barely recognizable. I knew the victim, too. Lately it had been a shadow of its former self. But you could say that about a lot of people I knew. They didn’t deserve to be handled like this. What really got me was the woman. The way...

    Yard Notes: The Plot Against Big Plots

    Getting unstuck from lofty goals is as easy as sticking a clipping in a pickle jar.

    Yard Notes: We Heart Plants…Thirsty, Floating, Dark-loving, and Otherwise

    Plants are our joy, our knights in leafy armor. But sometimes, they just break our damn hearts! Scientists feel like they’ve struck out when they can’t study botanical bombshells and have to settle for sundry ones. And we can literally flunk our cardiograms when we don’t feast on leafy greens, says a study that found “people who consumed the most nitrate-rich vegetables had about...

    Gardening Naked: 8 Ways The Shower Will Revolutionize Your Indoor Gardening

    Full disclosure: I feel pretty weird writing about my bathroom, but we all have one—even tiny studio renters—and my facilities have facilitated a gardening breakthrough: dealing with the needs and messes of plant care without the typical space or tools. I don’t own a watering hose or a patch of dirt, so the indoor outhouse has become my horticultural center. Many of my plants...

    Outdoor News: Earth Day Regrets Include the PPE Paradox and Chlorophyll Cocktails

    Thursday was Earth Day, a rotation of the planet dedicated to itself, created in the ’70s to get boomers out of their hot tubs and est seminars and back to the land. And back FOR the land, really. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbwC281uzUs Fifty-one years after Cronkite croaked about “the fouled skies, the filthy waters, the littered earth,” it still feels like we’re (un)chillin like villains in ’21: The earth...

    Yard Notes: Relationships with Moms are as Complicated as the Ecosystem

    May! Where are all those flowers quenched by April showers? At the airport getting ready for YOUR MOM (Mother’s Day is Sunday lest you look like negligent spawn). Here’s a peek into the facility that stores 90% of all flowers entering the United States.  While we associate moms with home, the flowers we gift them come from all over. If you want the mom in...

    TikTok Tips: Tomato Trouble, Avocado Bravado and Pothosmania

    Why you should never serve tomatoes on a plate… https://www.tiktok.com/@aerate.me/video/6951440353429916933?sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6898400227947169285&is_from_webapp=v1&is_copy_url=0 Avocado Advice? Strip and hide somewhere dark… https://www.tiktok.com/@aerate.me/video/6948093994396093702?sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6898400227947169285&is_from_webapp=v1&is_copy_url=0 Multiplication table, pothos edition… https://www.tiktok.com/@aerate.me/video/6946960441973263622?sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6898400227947169285&is_from_webapp=v1&is_copy_url=0

    Help Planted: How Backyard Gardeners Are Growing the Country Out Of the Pandemic

    America is hungry. At the start of this year 29.6 million people were living “in households where there was either sometimes or often not enough to eat in the last seven days,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. That’s up from 24.9 million in the first two months of 2020. Food banks are filling the void, and to do so, they’re wielding a...

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