Solving the bagworm problem without chemicals

I do not recommend the use of Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) in the landscape because even though it is a naturally occurring, organic insecticide, it kills ALL SMALL CATERPILLAR LARVAE. If you are gardening to promote butterflies, this is a no-brainer decision…(more)

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Christina Pax
Should you plan your garden the way a chef plans a menu?

The gorgeous spring weather can really bring on the itch to do more! But what does it take to get past that blank panel of lawn, or those giant old, foundation shrubs that are now blocking the windows, toward creating a landscape that is authentically beautiful and supports vitality for us and other creatures?… (more)

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Christina Pax
Which phlox is best for you?

…I was, after all, shopping for plants for a butterfly mini-meadow. What stronger sales pitch could there be? I stood still for a moment and asked myself to imagine these beautiful plants the way I knew they would look, if not by the end of this season, perhaps early the next…leaves sagging under a heavy coating of white powdery mildew. But even that didn’t work…the butterflies won. I ended up finding room on my crowded cart for five more plants--some of the most beautiful phlox paniculata I’d ever seen…(more)

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Christina Pax
Good groundcovers reduce mulching & weeding

There is a trick to it, though. In order to get quick, lush, weed-suppressing growth that doesn't have a lot of bare spots, you have to match the groundcover's preferences to the type of soil, sun and moisture that you have. Yet you can't have a plant that is so aggressive it will overwhelm whatever else you want to have in the bed….(more)

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Christina Pax