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10 Ways to Naturally Control Bugs in Your Garden

10 Ways to Naturally Control Bugs in Your Garden

Whether you have a huge garden in the country, or a tiny one in a city backyard like me, you’ll find one thing in common: BUGS. They creep, they crawl, they fly, and they ooze–and you need to know which ones can stay in your garden and which ones need... 

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7 Ways to Keep Cats out of Your Garden

Jun 21, 2015
7 Ways to Keep Cats out of Your Garden

Meet Neighbor Kitty. Isn’t he handsome? Over the years, he has “supervised” me on numerous garden projects, like planting asparagus and building a seed starting light. The only part I don’t like about sharing the garden with him is that he regards my raised beds as his own personal litterbox.... 

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How to Kill Obnoxious Weeds Without Using Roundup

How to Kill Obnoxious Weeds Without Using Roundup

If I told you that the 3-year-old and I spent an hour yesterday spraying all the weeds in our yard, you’d probably have a conniption fit. “You WHAT? Those weed killers are full of terrible chemicals! I can’t believe you even have those in your house. And you let the... 

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The Blue Muse
The definition of magenta

May 30, 2015
The definition of magenta

Happy Saturday, all!"Where flowers bloom, so does hope" --Lady Bird Johnson xoxo,shawnaNaBloPoMo May 2015May 1- To selfie or not to selfieMay 2- Helping things growMay 3- All the feelsMay 4- When your imagination wears you outM...

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Sun lovers

May 28, 2015
Sun lovers

It felt like a near-death experience. Me. Turbo kickboxing after eight months away. Burning chest, raspy breathing, nausea. And my chipper instructor was happily babbling about the weather. While I glared, I somehow absorbed her information: Low 90s th...

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Flowers in a drought

May 14, 2015
Flowers in a drought

Despite the blessedly beautiful storm clouds covering my neighborhood right now, California is in a terribly, ugly, awful, persistent drought. Thinking about the lack of water and related consequences gives me heartburn at night, and we've made extra e...

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Fixing my tomato mistakes

May 13, 2015
Fixing my tomato mistakes

There are few things I like better about summer than sweet, ripe tomatoes from the garden. In fact, I've cultivated quite the obsession over the last six years, trying but often failing to get the bumper crop of my dreams.My problems? In no particular ...

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Spring, in full burst

May 11, 2015
Spring, in full burst

Maybe it was too much Alice and Wonderland as a kid, but I can't help anthropomorphizing flowers. Like this hydrangea, which looks like it has a chorus of little mouths shouting to high heaven. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this.BlogHer'...

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The Blue Muse
All the feels

All the feels

Anger. Irritation. Sadness. Engagement. Chagrin. Satisfaction. Pride. Possibility.As a researcher, I'm interested in how emotion influences communication. When I'm angry, how do I communicate differently than when I'm sad? Or happy? Or bored? Or smug? ...

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Helping things grow

Helping things grow

Sometimes, it's literal--cultivating veggies and flowers. Often, it's educational--helping students learn and expand their thinking. Frequently, it's personal--generating ideas and new skills. My passion, as it turns out, is helping things grow.New in ...

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