How to Take Good Flower Photos with Your Smartphone

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I love taking flower photos in my garden, but I am not always pleased with the results! Strangely, my android smartphone seems to yield the best results, perhaps because my expectations are always low and I’m always pleasantly surprised how my relaxed attitude makes for a better pic. Either way, I wanted to pass on info Read More →

Hey DC: Can you host a beekeeper this year?

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The DC Beekeepers Alliance wants to know: can you host some bees this year? Below, Toni Burnham from the Alliance explains. Dear DC Gardening Community: About 50 households will soon participate in our 2016 beginning beekeeping class, which focuses on responsible urban apiculture, but many do not have a space to keep bees. Beehives in Read More →

Join Me to Talk about Urban Bees, tonite and next week

All are welcome to join me tonight as I talk with the Cheverly Garden Club about urban bees and my book, Hives in the City.  The meeting starts at 7pm at the Cheverly United Methodist Church (2801 Cheverly Avenue, Cheverly, MD 20785), and is free and open to the public. I’m also going to be Read More →

Last Minute Gift Idea: Hives in the City

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  **Update: as of Jan 12, 2016 the site (www.hivesinthecity.com) is back up and running. Thanks for your patience! I just got an important message from the company that hosts the website for my book.  It seems that our site has been shut down for a day or so in order to address some important security updates. While I’m Read More →

Time to Put Away the Fertilizer

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Are you still applying fertilizer to your lawn?  Or is your lawn care company still coming like clock work to apply chemicals even though you’ve got Christmas lights hanging in the bushes? This late in the season there is really no benefit to applying those chemicals, and you risk polluting local waterways with excessive nitrogen. Read More →

Sing a Veggie Song, Do a Veggie Dance, Win a Garden

Radishes are easy to grow.  Learn how this spring in a  DC DPR course

Urban Grown Veggies, a garden consulting company located in Washington, DC, has just announced that it will host a  a citywide “Creativity Kids Contest” this spring. All DC public school students are eligible to enter.  Students must use their creativity to sing or rap OR create an original dance for a song that the owners of the Read More →

Here’s Hoping #OptOutside Becomes a Tradition, Too

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The national retailer of outdoor equipment REI made headlines earlier this year when it announced that its stores would remain closed on both Thanksgiving AND the day after, known  in the US as “Black Friday.” I’ve long been against the idea of any store opening on Thanksgiving. The holiday used to stand out as the one day of Read More →

Got Good Bird Pictures? Send them to Cornell

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology wants to see your bird pictures. Each week between now and February 29, 2016, the lab is accepting submissions for its annual BirdSpotter photography contest.  Visitors to the website will then vote on their favorite pics. Winners will be rewarded with prizes such as bird feeders, t-shirts, framed artwork and Read More →

Bumble Bees Provide Another Reason to NOT Rake Leaves

Fothergilla is an awesome native shrub that has lovely flowers in spring, and  GREAT fall color.

For years now I’ve been proclaiming the many good reasons to stop raking leaves in urban and suburban back yards. Leaves are the perfect mulch, and can increase the biodiversity of your soil. Leaving your leaves in place helps to provide lots of habitat of insects, which in turn provides lots of food for foraging Read More →

Help Document Global Biodiversity in the Great Nature Project

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  Join the Great Nature Project National Geographic and the enthusiastic nature lovers working at iNaturalist.org have partnered to host a ten day international celebration of biodiversity. The goal of their “Great Nature Project” is to is to create a database of records that can be accessed by scientists, decision makers and the general public Read More →

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