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The Health Benefits of Gardening & Nature

The Health Benefits of Gardening & Nature

There are numerous health benefits to gardening or being in a natural setting. Some of them are obvious-any activity burns calories, so it is easy to understand how gardening can be seen as exercise. However, many of the benefits of gardening and nature are psychological and not immediately apparent

Plants and the Seasons: Pt. 2 Spring/Summer

Plants and the Seasons: Pt. 2 Spring/Summer

By Bryn Richard Although the plant world may look dead now, in the middle of winter, it is only asleep. From your garden to the wilder forests and meadows, from the century-old tree to the new seed created last fall, plants are only awaiting the arrival of spring before bursting into life. What triggers these [&hellip

Spider Questions

Spider Questions

A letter from a reader: Hi Bryn, I am a long time Yoga Bean subscriber and I very much enjoy your articles on gardening. I have a somewhat strange question for you, but here goes… We recently set up a playhouse for my 2 year old daughter that she loves. What she does not love [&hellip

Ode to the Stinky Rose

Ode to the Stinky Rose

By Bryn Richard Although as Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet” there is one plant that has earned the nickname “The Stinking Rose” and that is Garlic! While this term is widely used, no one seems to know where it comes [&hellip

Home-scale Stormwater Runoff Solutions: An Overview

Home-scale Stormwater Runoff Solutions: An Overview

There is a finite amount of water on the earth.  Think about it. The same water that exists today was around when dinosaurs roamed and was there a million years before them.  This water may exist frozen solid in a glacier, drifting as a gas in the sky or tumbling as liquid down the side [&hellip

The Rebirth of the Victory Garden: Freedom Gardens

During World Wars I & II, food gardening in urban and suburban spaces was promoted by the government as a patriotic and fulfilling duty.  These gardens came to be known as Victory Gardens, although the concept started out under different names such as “liberty gardens,” “war gardens,” and “food gardens for defense.”  Those people who [&hellip

Back to Basics: Planting Trees & Shrubs

How hard could it be to plant a tree?  Don’t you just dig a hole and drop it in?  Well, judging from the number of poorly planted trees I see everywhere, it must be harder than most people realize.  Actually, I wouldn’t describe it as difficult at all-it just takes a little forethought and understanding [&hellip

Bees, Pt. 2

Bees, Pt. 2

While we may primarily associate beekeeping with the production of honey and beeswax, most commercial beekeepers actually rent out their hives for “pollination services.&#

Bees

Bees

Until recently, most of us have been fairly unaware of bees and their activities, with the possible exception of occasionally being concerned that we might be stung by a nearby bee. With the rise of Colony Collapse Disorder, suddenly bees are regularly in the news. What do we know about these creatures and why are [&hellip

Sustainable Stormwater Management

Sustainable Stormwater Management

For many years the preferred approach to stormwater management has been to treat stormwater as a problem to be controlled-get that stormwater into drains and offsite as fast as possible. After all, rain feeds the streams and we’re just helping out by getting it there faster, right? Slowly we are learned that we’ve been causing [&hellip