Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect


Virtual Tour of Neighborhood Greening’s Annual Native Plant Garden Tour & Sustainability Expo.

Did you miss this year’s annual tour? No problem! Here’s a recap of the day’s event. https://vimeo.com/583497949  
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Thank an Ant! The Essential Spring Wildflower Gardeners of the Insect World. By Vicki Bonk

The Ephemeral Spring WildflowersAfter a long winter, spring wildflower ephemerals herald a new growing season. The first blooms magically transform the woodland landscape.
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One Route to a Sustainable Home

“My wife and I recently fulfilled our goal of building a planet-friendly home for our golden years. Sustainable energy consumption and aging in place were our “must-haves.”
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Homegrown National Park

“What if each American landowner made it a goal to convert half of his or her lawn to productive native plant communities?
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Digging into Soil Health by Kassie Brown

All winter long I dreamed of spring planting. I purchased countless seed packets with big plans to grow organic soybeans to make tempeh, tomatoes to can, blue corn for cornmeal, cabbage for sauerkraut, and dry beans to last our small family throughout the next cold season.
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Notice Nature Everywhere. A Willowy Experience, by Alan Branhagen

Willows are one of the last of our shrubs and trees to lose their leaves in autumn. They turn shades of yellow—anywhere from greenish-yellow to whitish-yellow. As earlier fall colors start to paint our landscapes, the willows offer a decidedly green contrast in a diversity of shades depending on the species.
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The Eastern Meadowlark

“It is increasingly difficult to find ‘grassland’ birds, such as meadowlarks, within metro areas. Empty fields are typically seen as opportunities for more urban development.
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Life in a Woodwide Web

“A tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a ‘woodwide web’ of soil fungi that connects vegetation in an intimate network that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods.
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Amanita Muscaria and Boletus Edulis: Two of 10,000 Kinds of Mushrooms to Notice on this Planet.

“Last fall, my brother and I took our parents to the North Shore of Lake Superior to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
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