Throughout millennia, the forces of Mother Nature have been grinding down mineral-rich rocks into small particles. The result is healthy and fertile soil filled with a natural mix of nutrients that plants (and people) need to thrive. The problem is this: Mother Nature works slowly—while humankind destroys quickly. It takes nature 500 years to replace…

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Houseplant

After months of outdoor gardening, our attention has turned indoors. Now is a good time to take stock of the health of our houseplants and to give them the TLC they need to thrive during the winter. The first thing to understand is that most of the plants that we consider houseplants come from tropical…

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All-Natural De-Icer

As we write this, an early Arctic blast is sweeping across the country bringing snow and freezing rain. Judging from the weather predictions, businesses, municipalities and homeowners will face a busy season of trying to prevent icy winter slips, slides and falls. The good news is that there are all-natural alternatives to rock salt and…

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Conservation International has launched a stunning campaign called Nature Is Speaking (#NatureIsSpeaking). The campaign features the voices of famous actors speaking as nature. Visit the website to watch the series of short films and to learn more about CI’s “humanifesto.” (Essentially, nature doesn’t need us. We must take care of nature if we humans expect…

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Garden Wildlife

The leaves are falling fast from the trees and the season’s first frost doesn’t feel very far away. Suddenly, you realize that there isn’t much time left to put the garden to bed for winter. And so you furiously dig out your tools and start cleaning up and cutting back. You pull up weeds, remove…

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