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If You Build It, They Will Come

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If You Build It, They Will Come
Many years ago when my girls were young we would go on frequent hikes through the many beautiful parks and nature sanctuaries that St. Louis has to offer.  They would collect a vast array of priceless finds from rocks, sticks and leaves to an extensive assortment of seed pods, bits of moss and an occasional cicada wing – which I wryly told them were fairy wings no longer in use.  At times the collection of precious ‘yard waste’ would become a little overwhelming. ...
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Read Plant Labels!

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Read Plant Labels!
I was at Home Depot looking through their Garden Center when I noticed this label on their plants. I’ve worked in several garden centers and have never seen this kind of tag. I went home and did some research. What are Neonicotinoids?  It is a new class of insecticides (used in the past 20 years) chemically related to nicotine. Neonicotinoids act on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse. This is more toxic to invertebrates, like insects, than to mammals, birds and other org...
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Is There A Doctor In The House?

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Is There A Doctor In The House?
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a Plant Doctor? It is a very interesting and enjoyable job if you have a curious mind and an investigative nature.  The Kemper Center for Home Gardening has a Plant Doctor desk staffed with sharp and dedicated volunteers who are eager to help with any problem you may be experiencing in your yard.  Here is an opportunity for you to take a shot at being a ”Plant Doctor” and diagnosing a problem I noticed in my yard.  Read on and se...
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