Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect

31
Jul

Pick a Number, Any Number. How to Get Started Greening Your Neighborhood Today!

Forty-two ways to green your neighborhood: just plant a new tree Lee, sweep up the salt Walt, pick up your dog’s poo Lu, and set yourself free.
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11
Jul

The Kraus Family Creates a Backyard Habitat

A few summers ago, the Kraus family noticed a steady increase in monarch butterflies visiting their backyard native wildflower garden. One day after an overnight rainfall, Paula Kraus was stunned to see the black walnut tree in her family’s backyard overflowing with monarch butterflies sunning their wings.
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13
Jun

The Farmers Among Us

 How church members are contributing to the locally grown organic food movement … and how you can too.
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28
May

How to Turn your Lawn into an Ecological Asset: Feed the Soil, Not the Grass

John Coatta, of Green Core Organic Lawn Care, explains how homeowners can have lush lawns that don’t rely on weed killers and synthetic fertilizers.
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03
May

The “Accidental Beekeepers”

About 15 years ago, MaryJo and Charlie Skemp started noticing unusual activity in a hosta planting that runs along the back side of their home. Beginning each spring, the garden would become an energy-filled flurry of what appeared to be bees, or perhaps wasps or hornets, hurriedly flying in and out of anthill-like holes in...
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20
Apr

Consider the Consequences of Your Purchases at the Garden Center this Spring.

Next time you visit your favorite garden center, you may want to contemplate some of these purchases:
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19
Mar

Start Seeing Buckthorn

Wanted: Ecosystem Outlaw Don’t be fooled by this outlaw! With buckthorn’s ability to quickly grow into dense, thorny, thicket-forming hedges, you may love how it keeps your neighbors from seeing you with your hair sticking straight up while taking the dog out to the backyard first thing in the morning, but, this is one clever...
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03
Mar

The Living World Beneath Your Feet

Did you know that dirt is dead soil? Dirt is “parent” material: rocks, minerals, silt, clay. Soil is dirt formed by innumerable living micro-organisms, organic matter, and abiotic factors such as wind and water. Soil is a complex, living, breathing ecosystem.
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04
Feb

Winter Project

Build an Aldo Leopold Bench While Aldo Leopold is best known for his writing, teaching, and work regarding his forward-thinking “land ethic,” back in the early part of the last century, he also designed a nifty little bench. His design is a reflection of simplicity, functionality, oneness with nature, and surprising timelessness.
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