Kalamazoo, Michigan | Main Streets

Television host John McGivern travels the Upper Midwest to celebrate the people who live there and the unique attractions, history and businesses of each community in a show called Main Streets. Last year, John made a stop in Kalamazoo. Have you seen this episode about our great city? Wenke president, Lisa Wenke Ambrosio, has the opportunity to talk about the greenhouse industry and how her family started as celery farmers here in Kalamazoo. Check it out!

Butterflies are Blooming Exhibit

Celebrate the changing of the season and beat the winter blues by visiting the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. This exhibit is celebrating its 29th year, debuting on March 1st and will give attendees the chance to experience thousands of butterflies up close and in person. Butterflies are Blooming is one of the nation’s largest temporary exhibits of the insect featuring 60 different species of butterflies fluttering about the garden’s …

Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control

Tired of unwelcome insect guests crashing your indoor garden party? Fear not! Bonide’s got your back with a secret weapon that sends bugs packing without breaking a sweat. Say “adios” to aphids, scale, mealybugs, and whiteflies – they won’t even know what hit ’em! BONIDE Systemic Houseplant Insect Control provides insect control for up to 8 weeks. Protects plants from aphids, whiteflies, and other listed insects. -Protect your plants from insect pests for up to 8 weeks-Protects from aphids, whiteflies, …

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Battling Common Houseplant Pests: A Guide to Identification and Control

Houseplants bring a touch of nature indoors, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of our living spaces. However, with the beauty they bring, houseplants can also attract unwanted guests—pests. Common houseplant pests can range from tiny insects to fungi and can wreak havoc on your indoor greenery if left unchecked. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the most prevalent pests that affect houseplants and discuss effective methods to get rid of them. Regular inspection and prompt action are essential to maintaining …

Keeping a Garden Journal

A garden journal serves as a valuable tool for documenting your horticultural adventures, learning from successes and challenges, and creating a legacy of your green haven.

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Winter To-do list

Anyone who thinks that gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with a dream – Josephine Neuse

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The Great Backyard Bird Count 2024

Spend time in your favorite places watching birds–then tell us about them! In as little as 15 minutes notice the birds around you. Identify them, count them, and submit them to help scientists better understand and protect birds around the world. If you already use eBird or Merlin, your submissions over the 4-days count towards GBBC. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to …

How to Cover Plants for Frost Protection

QUESTION: What is the best cover to use to protect outdoor plants from the cold air — fabric or plastic? Threat of frost usually occurs overnight when the temperature drops low enough to freeze the moisture on plant leaves and buds. To protect plants from frost, you will need to cover them to keep the moisture from freezing. While an unexpected frost can leave many gardeners scrambling to find anything to cover their tender plants; it is important to use the …

Fall is a GREAT time to plant

So, why is fall the best time to plant trees and shrubs? Not as much watering is needed Young plants need plenty of water. It is best to give good, long soakings rather than frequent, light watering. A typical rule of thumb is to provide at least 1 inch of irrigation per week. Summertime planting requires close attention to moisture levels and much of it can evaporate with the heat of the day. Autumn’s cooler temperatures and shorter days may …

Fall is a Great Time to Plant and Pick Fast-Growing Veggies and Herbs

While the season transitions, take in all it has to offer — football games, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and best of all, fresh-picked produce. Picking fresh produce in the fall always feels like such a treat. Even though leaves are starting to change, your veggie garden still has plenty of time left to produce delicious tomatoes, peppers, greens and more. Help your organic garden produce more than ever this fall with these four tips from The Espoma Organic Company: Ready, …