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Summer Is for the Birds

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Summer Is for the Birds
As I watch a pair of chipping sparrows make a nest in my patio hanging basket, I am reminded that summer is a great time to bird watch.  The long days in June, July and August provide an extended period of good light to watch birds especially since many species are more brilliantly colored during the summer months.  Birds are also nesting at this time which can make for intriguing observation of nest building behavior as well as incubation and rearing of hatchlings. I asked fellow Ma...
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Kemper Arts & Crafts for July

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Kemper Arts & Crafts for July
Here is the next group of art/craft demonstrations at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening in July. They are offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon for visitors (FREE admission Wednesday). Staff and volunteers have agreed to share their artistic talents. They will demonstrate their art/craft, answer questions and provide instructional handouts for visitors to try at home. Drop by anytime to watch our artists at work and get inspiration for yourself or for gifts. Check us out on our Faceboo...
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Pet-Safe Gardening

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Pet-Safe Gardening
Recently, I’ve been trying to go totally organic in regards to my lawn and garden; fertilizer, weed control and insect control. Not only am I concerned with my own family’s safety but also my neighbors and their pets. We have lots of people walking their dogs, doing their dog thing. I’m sure some of my neighbors use pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers with harmful ingredients for pets and they don’t even know it. Many of the popular outdoor plants are even toxic but ...
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