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Our gardens and yards are strands in a huge web connecting all living creatures.

Caring for the environment starts with thoughtful decisions at home about chemicals that could impact pollinating insects, wildlife, water sources and more. Read more to see how small changes add up to a healthier world.

Doin' the Pollinate Shake!


How to hand pollinate plants in the vegetable garden.

Fertilizer Runoff Killing Gulf

Compost & Soil

This year’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, usually around 6,000 to 7,000 square miles, might well be the largest in history.

Plant Growth Regulators: Safe?

Compost & Soil

Flowering plants, like marigolds, have been treated with PGRs for years, resulting in small plants with many blossoms.

Honeybee Population in Decline

Beneficial Insects

Here's two-breaking stories on bee decline, pesticides and politics.

Household Chemicals and Climate News


Think the home cleaning and personal care products are safe?

Bird Decline Linked to Toxic Pesticides


For years, we've known that bird species in America's farmlands and grasslands have been in steep decline.

Worms and Global Warming


Are earthworms contributing to climate change?

Controlling Insect Pests With Birds

Beneficial Insects

How to attract bug-eating birds to your garden for organic insect control.

Drought and the Home Garden


Preparing for dry conditions this growing season will go along way towards reducing your losses as well as you water bill.

Cold Frame -- Hot Box


Extend your growing season by putting a layer of protection between your plants and the elements.

The Effect of Pesticides on Beneficial Insects

Beneficial Insects

Broad spectrum insecticides not only get rid of the bad bugs, they knock out the good bugs too.

Is Your Compost Made of Sewage Sludge?


The dirty truth about biosolids.