Category: Earth-friendly design

Feeding Birds in the Winter Garden

Finch and coneflower | Spotts Garden Service

As temperatures drop and food sources become a bit more scarce, birds can use extra help from gardeners. Consider feeding birds in your organic garden in late fall and winter, and encourage them with these strategies.

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Garden Horror: Invasive Plants

Just in time for Halloween, we turn our attention to plants guaranteed to give gardeners and environmentalists of all stripes nightmares. We speak, of course, of invasive plants. The USDA National Invasive Species Information Center defines an invasive plant as one that

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A Word about Acorns

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Squirrels aside, we often see acorns as just a nuisance and a tripping hazard. But the truth is, their utility is only limited by your imagination!

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Basic Permaculture for Gardeners

Frog | Spotts Garden Service

We’re seeing more permaculture techniques and philosophy showing up in home gardening, and that’s a good thing!

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Look Up! A Tree Walk

Street Trees | Spotts Garden Service

Trees are immensely valuable in the home landscape. Their shade helps cool our urban streets. They act as home to a host of creatures, insects to birds to squirrels. They reduce water runoff, fight air pollution, and take up carbon dioxide.

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Top 5 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects

Yellow yarrow | Spotts Garden Service

Gardens benefit from a wide range of beneficial insects: those that either prey on other insects (predators) or insects that lay their eggs within other insects (parasitoids). While that visual may bring to mind a horror movie, these beneficial insects

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5 Indiana Native Plants You Might Not Know Are Native

Phlox paniculata | Spotts Garden Service

There’s more to Indiana native plants than just coneflowers and black-eyed susans!

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The Bee-Friendly Garden

Bees in Caryopteris | Spotts Garden Service

June 20 to 26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week. Celebrate by supporting the pollinators in your garden, especially native bees! Give bees a chance with these tips for creating a bee-friendly garden.

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5 Easy Steps to A Greener Garden

5 Easy Steps to a Greener Garden

You can save resources, encourage diversity, and enjoy a beautiful garden too. The winter planning stage is a great time to consider ways to improve your garden this year. So follow these 5 steps to a greener garden!

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Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

As you plan this year’s garden, consider using companion planting. By selecting plants that will repel certain pests or improve the soil around other crops, you can boost your yield.

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