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Gardener’s July To-Do List

by the editors at Rodale’s Organic Life Here’s your July gardening guide for North America’s USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3-10. If you don’t know what zone you live in, check the map here to find out. We’ve left off zones 1–2 (far-north Alaska) and zones 11–13 (small section of the Florida Keys, the Pacific coast between L.A. and Mexico, and […]

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6 Ways to Create a Backyard Bird Paradise

by guest blogger Toni Becker, member of the Rodale’s editorial team If you’re looking to soak up the sun and enjoy nature, you don’t have to go far. You can turn your backyard into a local bird hangout, even if you don’t have much space. Not only is bird watching a fun solo or family […]

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6 Nontoxic Ways to Keep Wasps Away

by guest blogger Rebecca Straus, online assistant editor at Rodale’s Organic Life Aside from different nesting preferences, the main difference between bees and wasps is that bees feed their larvae pollen, while wasps—a category that includes yellow jackets and hornets—nourish theirs with insects. That means that wasps are actually great to have around the garden […]

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Maria’s 5 Favorites: Bug Off…Naturally!

Yes! My favorite season is finally here with all its joys! I’ve always loved summer most of all, but the season is not without its downsides, a big one being the pesky bugs it brings. And yes, I know that many bugs are beneficial and necessary, but that doesn’t mean they need to hang around […]

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Gardener’s June To-Do List

by the editors at Rodale’s Organic Life Here’s your June gardening guide for North America’s USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3-10. If you don’t know what zone you live in, check the map here to find out. We’ve left off zones 1–2 (far-north Alaska) and zones 11–13 (small section of the Florida Keys, the Pacific coast between L.A. and Mexico, and […]

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Why You Should Never Drink from a Garden Hose

by Emily Main Summertime is just around the corner, which means days outside gardening, running through the sprinkler, and a nice cold drink of water from…not your garden hose. At least not if you have a conventional hose and don’t want to choke down a cocktail of heavy metals and plasticizers, according to a 2103 […]

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The Easy Way You Can Help Save the Monarchs

by guest blogger Claudia Allen, avid amateur gardener Since 1990, more than 90 percent of monarch butterflies have disappeared. The good news: you can help. With their distinctive orange, black, and white markings, monarchs are the one butterfly most of us can identify. So familiar, in fact, that we might take them for granted. But […]

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Spring Greens after a Long Winter

The spring greens are coming in! This past weekend, I had fiddlehead ferns in Maine. And the weekend before that, I made my first salad from my garden here in Pennsylvania, pinching off a few tiny leaves and herbs from each plant. Oh, the flavor! Fresh basil and parsley! The tenderest greens, and they would […]

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