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Grow your own Shiitake mushrooms!

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Learning With Nature

Since experiencing nature is known to benefit student development, think about taking your class outdoors and use components of nature for teaching the traditional classroom subjects. Nature can be beneficial when teaching math, reading, social studies, and art. Spending time with nature with others helps us communicate, and gain the…
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Seed Starting

February is a great time to start seeds indoors. Vegetable garden favorites, such as tomatoes and peppers, do best when they are transplanted into the garden instead of directly seeded. Save money by raising your own transplants from seed. You will also have a much larger selection of varieties available…
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Pruning: Out with the Bad, in with the Good!

If’ you’ve been putting off pruning that overgrown pear tree until the perfect moment, well I’m here to tell you that moment has finally arrived!  Late winter is the best time to prune as plants are dormant and can definitely handle a much needed “haircut”, if you will.  However, not…
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Christmas Greenery

While some opt for the ease of an artificial tree and greenery that can be used year after year and passed down to kids and grandkids, there is just something about a real tree and fresh cut greenery that brightens up the home at Christmas. Native trees such as pines…
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Something Stinky This Way Comes…

The cooler weather is going to send insects scrambling for warm, safe places to spend the winter. Unfortunately for us, our houses are exactly what these bugs are looking for. One of the peskiest invaders is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). This bug was introduced from Asia most likely…
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Fall Caterpillars

Caterpillars can often be garden pests throughout the summer, but many of the species we see in the fall have no effect on our crops.  In fact, some look like they popped right out of a surreal painting and turn into even more beautiful butterflies and moths. Though they may…
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