March 18, 2019

Now through April 30, 2019, head to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids to see the nation’s largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit.

Every March and April, the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is an opportunity for a...

March 2, 2019

Studying the behavior of various bee species and their habitat activity in restored prairies is the research of Sean Griffin, Michigan State University PhD candidate. For more than a decade Griffin has studied wild bees and habitats across the US including the tall gra...

March 1, 2019

Since there is no peeking in a hive until the outside temperature reaches a minimum of 65 F, one might wonder how honey bees are surviving the winter temperatures like the -18 F to 38 F swing during the January 31 to February 4 weather roller coaster.

“The cluster of be...

January 22, 2019

Finding a Balance Between Biodiversity and Bureaucracy for Homeowners and Businesses


For many homeowners and businesses, perfectly mowed lush lawns are a symbol of aesthetic perfection. For others, lawns are a waste of time, money, and are as beneficial as a parking l...

October 8, 2018

I missed the entire gardening month of September and wish I hadn’t let it go but that’s part of the learning process – I bit off more than I could chew. However, all is not lost. Here are the final results of the garden and some changes I’ll make for next year:

Three Si...

August 21, 2018

It looks and acts like a hummingbird but it’s really a moth – wait, what?

That’s right, there are at least three hummingbird moth species (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in Michigan that might be visiting your flowers: hummingbird clearwing Hemaris thysbe, snowberry clearwing...

August 11, 2018


Twenty days since my last post is a bit of a clue. I’m overwhelmed…by the weeds, by the cherry tomatoes coming out of my ears that I can’t easily reach because they all fell over for the third time, and by the devastation the miserable squash vine borer (SVB) has cau...

July 26, 2018

Are you growing melons, pumpkins, squash, or cucumbers? If the answer is yes, Michigan State University needs your help with its volunteer Squash Bee Citizen Science Project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic Program. And no, you don’t...

July 20, 2018

Almost everything I have planted is growing successfully - a testament to research and luck. However, the weeds are beginning to get the best of me. I weeded this past weekend for several hours and noticed that where I watered every other day, I could easily pull them...

July 2, 2018

“Oh, what a pretty bug” was my initial thought when I found a squash vine borer (Melittia satyriniformis) resting on a catnip leaf earlier this week. It’s a moth-family insect I wasn’t familiar with and after reading about it, I felt rather sick. This is what finished...

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