Tag: Gardening

Earthworm Research

Since we talked about earthworms last week…how about a little research? When I was a kid I was taught that earthworms were good. Lots of worms was a sign of a healthy soil. As I […]


Since I had the photo from yesterday… Frustrating. I waited until the 16th to plant out anything, and we got a hard frost last night. GRRRR. Michigan, you vex me. It’s freaking spring already! Get […]

Baby’s Breath: Pretty and evil

I’m talking about the plant (Gypsophila paniculata), not actual babies, BTW. I was recently reminded that a lot of folks don’t know that Baby’s Breath is a nasty, invasive plant in the US. Oddly enough, […]

Pollinator Action Alert: Farm Bill in Senate

I got an email recently from the Xerces Society about some senatorial action: “Please contact your Senators and ask them to sign on to a letter by Senator Boxer in support of vital research on […]

World Naked Gardening Day, 2009

Once again, conditions were a little nippy (nipply?) for celebration in Michigan on World Naked Gardening Day: “Get ready for the Fifth Annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD)! People across the globe are encouraged, on […]

Dennis vanEngelsdorp @ TED!

Somehow I missed this–Dennis was at TED last year!  He discusses honey bees, native bees, and some of the evidence for CCD and native bee declines.  I love his slogan of “Make Meadows, Not Lawns.” […]

Do Earthworms have hairs?

Hey–apparently I missed International Earthworm Day!  So–here’s something wormy for you. A lot of people don’t realize that earthworms, like their cousins the polychaete worms, also have hairs on each segment.  Earthworms have tiny, hard […]

Don’t eat green Potatoes!

Argh! Once again, I find that a grocery store is stocking and selling green potatoes.  This is aggravating for two reasons: 1. Green potatoes are toxic. (They have their own listing in Medline, for FSM’s […]

Not a bee breakthrough…

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately about this news story: “Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse? ScienceDaily (Apr. 14, 2009) — For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) […]