Category Archives: Insects, bugs & other pests

Spiders: Never more than 3 feet away in the garden


My mother’s family is spread out so that my cousins and their families live from coast-to-coast. While her parents lived next door to us so my relationship with my grandparents was extremely close, I wonder if I might walk past, … Continue reading

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Attracting butterflies


Almost every online garden center offers pre-planned butterfly gardens. It isn’t difficult to plan your own. Choose your flowers knowing that the plants need to provide nectar for adults, leaves for babies (caterpillars) and favored sites to lay eggs.  Choose … Continue reading

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Beware Belladonna


  Here in Wisconsin, we’ve always had Belladonna in our gardens, fields and roadsides but this year the deadly weed seems particularly invasive and worth giving you a heads up. Atropa belladonna, commonly known as Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade, is … Continue reading

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The bees knees


Not exactly sure what that headline means, but my dad always used the phrase in reference to things he likes. And I like bees. They are in trouble and you should care.

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