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Secret garden — an invisible bouquet of vibrations

June 8, 2015

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Secret garden — an invisible bouquet of vibrations by Jill Mattson —  Plants respond to music, growing better while listening to classical music, but how does sound change the physicality of the plant? In the book, The Secret Life of Plants, researchers hooked plants to machines resembling lie detectors, which revealed their responses to threatening […]

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Garden Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening

March 11, 2015

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Garden Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating the Love of Gardening by June Cotner — This book is an eloquent tribute to the wonders of the garden, a place where our souls are nourished and memories have grown. Our gardens grow us, and this moving collection of readings takes us through every season and down […]

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Homeopathic remedies for plants

September 16, 2014

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Homeopathic remedies for plants by Dannette Hunnel —  It is autumn in Arizona, probably the most exciting time of the year for the Southwestern gardener. Phoenix favorites include mums, snapdragons, petunias, pansies, marigolds, geraniums and more. Once they are established, we know we can enjoy the beauty of our plantings well into late spring. How […]

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What we need to know about genetically engineered foods

December 13, 2012

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by Rose Montana —  Food derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops entered the U.S. food supply sometime after 1996, the year in which the first GE crops were planted. Chemical companies, including Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow and BASF, that produce these never-before-in-the-history-of-planet-Earth organisms have succeeded in keeping most consumers in the dark regarding genetically modified organisms […]

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Spring clean with dandelion root

October 3, 2012

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by Curt Burbach —  The time for spring cleaning is here again, and with it, we must realize that our bodies need cleaning too. Just like your house, your yard, your pantry and every other organic organism in this world, your body will benefit tremendously if you take a little time and effort to cleanse […]

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Taste of life: Awakening to the wonders of food

September 19, 2012

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by Loba —  Sensing a connection to the source of your food can make a huge difference in how healthy and satisfied you feel. For example, learning how to identify, lovingly harvest and prepare local wild plants can connect you more deeply to your sensual and grateful self, and to the sustenance and inspiration Mother […]

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Health updates

September 18, 2012

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The following is new information regarding toxic lawns and how to have the best-looking lawn around. Facts about America’s chemically dependent and toxic lawns • 67 million pounds of pesticides are applied to roughly 30 million acres of lawns in the U.S. annually. • The number one, most water-intensive crop in the United States is […]

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Living with scorpions in the Southwest desert

September 12, 2012

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by Peter Bigfoot —  There are three main types of scorpions in this region — the giant desert hairy scorpion, the rock scorpion and the bark scorpion. The giant desert hairy is the Hollywood-sized creature, about four inches long, and three times the size of the rock scorpion. The rock scorpion looks similar to the […]

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Feng shui your garden

September 7, 2012

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by John Leslie —  Is your front door visible from the street? Do you have a walk or path that meanders from the street to your main entrance? If you answered no to either of these questions, your front yard could use a feng shui fix. Feng shui applies not only to the interior of […]

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Good garden design with permaculture principles

August 30, 2012

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by Doreen Pollack —  It seems there are two big reasons why people are reluctant to do more with their yards: money and time. But you can save a lot of both if you begin to consider how your yard fits into the environment around it — by doing this you can let Mother Nature […]

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Create holiday traditions with plants

August 28, 2012

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by Doreen Pollack —  Plants have long been a part of holiday traditions, and with good reason. They bring enduring beauty into our lives and make excellent gifts that can be enjoyed by almost everyone — not just the gardeners in your life. You may think of holiday plants as the Christmas tree, a hostess […]

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Everybody eats, but do we know what?

March 20, 2012

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by Eric Herm —  As humans, we tend to forget our bond with the rest of nature’s living creatures. Despite our magical ability to drive shiny automobiles, don the latest fashions, construct extravagant cities or make full use of opposable thumbs, we are really no different than the rest of nature — we all eat, […]

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Creating a backyard wildlife habitat is environmentally smart

March 5, 2012

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by Doreen Pollack —  There are many reasons for creating a wildlife habitat: personal enjoyment; protection of animals (especially those that are endangered); improved curb appeal; and building community with neighbors. One of the biggest benefits, however, is the positive impact it has on the environment. First and foremost, a wildlife habitat is eco-friendly. Many […]

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