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Author: host Created: 4/16/2009 7:27 PM
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By host on 2/20/2010 6:58 PM

Beautiful green lawns provide numerous environmental benefits and their ability to store carbon is one of them; but when a recently published research study regarding the ability of grass to store carbon reached the opposite conclusion of previous studies, more than a few scientists were scratching their heads.

A study by Amy Townsend-Small, Earth system science post-doctoral researcher at University of California, Irvine received extensive media coverage because of the negative conclusions she presented regarding growing grass lawns. Her study suggested that the carbon-storing benefits of lawns were counteracted by fuel consumption.

Focusing on four parks and lawns in Southern California, the Townsend-Small study found that greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer production, mowing, leaf blowing and other lawn management practices were four times greater tha ... Read More »

By host on 1/31/2010 8:22 PM

What is a Purple Martin (Progne subis)? And why do you want to invite them to your garden? Purple Martins are the largest member (to 8 inches long) of the swallow family of birds. They are famous for a number of things: 1) their prodigious appetite for bugs, 2) their aerial acrobatics, 3) their close association with humans, and 3) their yearly migration over land from Canada in the summer to Brazil in the fall.

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By host on 1/16/2010 3:20 PM

Freeze Damage.Most of Florida is now experiencing mild weather after two weeks of record breaking cold. You have probably had a chance to survey the damage that was dealt to your plants by the freezing weather and depending upon where those plants were located in your garden and their cold tolerance some probably held up better than others to the Arctic front.

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By host on 12/31/2009 4:01 PM

Bone-in Rib Roast ready for the oven. Click to enlarge.This is one on the few times of the year that my wife likes to abandon the kitchen to allow me to work on my cooking masterpiece – a Rib Roast.

This year she bought a bone-in roast which I like to work with more than the boneless ones. It seems to me that bone-in roasts tend to have more flavor. If we manage to pick up the roast a few days...

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By host on 12/21/2009 10:51 PM

Baker Creek heirloom Seeds catalogOh boy, oh boy, oh boy! The seed catalogs are beginning to arrive in my mailbox. OH, YEAH!

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By host on 12/9/2009 10:35 PM

Agastache, Salvia and Gaura. Click to enlarge.This is an awesome time of the year for gardening in South Florida. Check out my Butterfly, Bee and Hummingbird garden. I ordered the plants online from High Country Gardens in September. These plants do not require a lot of water and are recommended for areas in full to partial sun, Zones 5b to 10. The flowers are beautiful, do not have a noticeable scent, but because they are members of the mint family, the lea Read More »

By host on 12/8/2009 9:38 PM

Purple Pitcher Saracenia purpurea, Red Pitcher Sarracenia rubra, Sundew Drosera, Tropical Pitcher Nepenthes, Venus Flytrap Dionaea Muscipula and Cobra Lily Darlingtonia californica in a terrarium. Click to enlarge.Good old Lowes – I went over to buy a light bulb and I came out with a light bulb and 5 carnivorous plants. I had wanted to buy some of these plants last year, hesitated and...

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By host on 12/6/2009 10:17 PM

Christmas Moose Mess.Yes! Got our Christmas twinkle lights, icicle lights, doe, buck, fawn, moose, candy canes and wreaths up today! I have some strict rules on when the decorations go up:
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By host on 11/22/2009 10:05 PM

I love to garden during autumn in Florida. Fewer bugs, lower temperatures and humidity make it much more comfortable to work in the Florida garden. The only thing that I do not like about fall and winter gardening in Florida is that darkness falls so much earlier with the time change and all that it is dark by the time I arrive home from work. I know some people garden by the moon, but I end-up resorting to gardening by flashlight and yard light. I wonder how a pair of night vision goggles would work. I did see a cool hat in Lowes for $19.99 that had 4 bright white LEDs built i Read More »

By host on 11/15/2009 9:05 PM

Plants cannot tell the difference between organic and chemical fertilizers so why use organics? While organic fertilizers release nutrients slowly and improve the body of soil, chemical fertilizers impact the health of the soil by releasing salts into it eventually making their way into the ground water.

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