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Shamrocks for Year-Round Luck

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Shamrocks for Year-Round Luck
Everyone knows that you don’t have to be Irish to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, nor do you need a green thumb to grow shamrocks inside or outdoors.  As a matter of fact why not try both this year.  With the popularity of container gardening exploding, the hunt for suitable pot plants is intense.  Oxalis (commonly sold as shamrock plants) coordinate beautifully in mixed containers and summer window boxes.  They can’t be beat for their stunning foliage and ...
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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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