Author: Catherine Sherriffs

Do Your Part! Tips For Wildlife Conservation In The Garden

Here’s a scary thought: declining populations of pollinators is putting the existence of certain plants in jeopardy. In the U.S., the list of endangered pollinators includes two types of insects, four kinds of bats, 16 different birds, and 25 butterfly, skipper and moth species. You and I can do something about it! This year, plant a garden that has wildlife conservation in mind. I came across a fantastic book, Gardening For Wildlife: A Complete Guide To Nature-Friendly Gardening. Author Adrian Thomas has put together beautifully-photographed and informative pages that send a very hopeful message: no matter what the size...

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Therapeutic Gardening? Social Prescribing Movement Sweeps Across UK

Instead of filling out prescriptions, many UK doctors are telling patients with mild depression and anxiety to grab a set of garden tools. A new movement called “social prescribing” is gaining popularity, and it’s based on the knowledge that not all of what ails us can be fixed with medicine alone. As a result, recreational activities like gardening are being recommended to help people cope with mental health issues. Good For The Soul Here’s how it works: people can go to a doctor and get a referral to a community gardening group, with the cost partly covered by the...

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Hydroponic Help: Government Grants For Farmers Making The Switch

We love hearing from our readers, and just recently, we got a great question about what kind of government support there is for people looking to start farming with hydroponics. This is such a timely topic! The world’s population is currently at 7.6 billion people, and it’s projected to hit 9.7 billion by the year 2050. Experts are constantly talking about how we need to start thinking about better, more sustainable ways to feed future populations. Hydroponics could be one of the go-to approaches because you can grow plants rapidly, and in habitats that don’t normally support them. There...

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Drainage Woes, Be Gone: How To Build A Rain Garden

If you’re looking for a way to solve drainage problems in your yard, look no further than a rain garden. It’s a good-looking, effective way to manage soggy ground, and also protects our lakes, streams and wetlands from polluting water runoff. Rain gardens also provide food and habitat for pollinators, songbirds, and other wildlife. Need help building one? John Bly, Education Program Manager at Blue Thumb, is here to help. What types of properties most benefit from a rain garden? Any property that has both impermeable surfaces (roofs, driveways, sidewalks etc.) and space for a rain garden would benefit...

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Rain Gardens: Drainage Solution That’s Easy On The Eyes

Is poor drainage in your yard causing you to get some serious wear and tear out of your billy boots? Introducing the rain garden! It’ll drink up the excess water surrounding your house, and it’s easy on the eyes too. Many of us have tried to solve the issue of unwanted water in our yards by installing expensive french drains. But, don’t you hate spending money on something you never actually see? French drains can eventually collapse or get clogged, so if you can avoid them, opt for a gorgeous rain garden. It’s a long-term solution to your drainage...

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