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A Day In The Life: Korean Forest Healing Instructor

In the 1980s, Japan was struggling with a mental health crisis. Its citizens were suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicide at record levels. As the problem grew, the government hired the country’s best psychologists to come up with a solution.   They came back with an idea that would influence Japanese culture for decades: shinrin-yoku, or... Read more »

How Nature Changes Your Brain

In 2013, neuroscientists made a fascinating discovery. As you read this, there’s a tiny part of your brain — right in the middle, between your ears — that’s on the lookout for snakes[*].  That brain region is called the pulvinar. If you’ve ever jumped at a garden hose or an oddly curved stick, you’ve felt... Read more »

10 Things Gardeners Often Neglect

Whether your garden is a cluster of pots on a patio or fire escape or a backyard spanning acres, taking care of demanding plants can be a challenge. Here are 10 things gardeners often overlook that can make a big difference in whether your gardening experience is discouraging or delightful.   Nurturing the Soil  ... Read more »

Why save water when there’s not a drought? It’s time to talk about teleconnections

After years of living through the seemingly never-ending nightmare of a record-setting drought, residents of the American West awoke in 2018 and 2019 to something very different. Take California’s capital city, Sacramento, for instance. The month of May usually averages less than an inch of rainfall. But in 2019, May brought 3.42 inches of rain.... Read more »

Selecting and Planting Trees

Arbor Day is upon us, and the best way to celebrate is by planting a tree. They produce oxygen, prevent erosion, absorb carbon, and provide food, shade, beauty, and many other things. Simply put, they’re amazing. With all the reasons to plant a tree, all you have to do is pick a variety and get... Read more »

The Care and Maintenance of Orchids

Everyone loves orchids and I’m no exception. I have twenty different varieties, which means at least one is in bloom at any given time. The most common variety is Phalaenopsis, the moth orchid. That’s the variety we’ll be focusing on here. While their long-lasting flowers are sure to brighten any house, keeping them alive can... Read more »

Starting Your Garden Indoors

Starting Your Garden Indoors     Going through seed and garden catalogs while it’s snowing outside is a joy for many gardeners. The catalogs have bright pictures, enticing descriptions, and the latest garden gadgets. Spring can’t get here soon enough! But you don’t have to wait for spring to get a jump start on your garden.  Have you ever bought seeds and not known what... Read more »

Tomato Varieties Demystified

Tomato Varieties Demystified It’s true what they say. Money can’t buy home grown tomatoes. That means you need to grow your own! Whether you start from seed or buy plants from a greenhouse, finding the right variety is crucial. But where do you start? Let’s begin with hybrid vs. heirloom varieties. What’s the difference? Hybrid... Read more »

How to Save Tomato Seeds

How to Save Tomato Seeds Saving tomato seeds from heirloom varieties is more than a hobby for some people. It’s a passion. In order to be successful, you must follow a few simple steps. First, hand-pollinate the flowers you want to collect fruit from. Tomato flower pollinating wands are sold specifically for this job. They... Read more »

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