How Do Insects Survive Winter?

As we shiver through winter’s freezing temperatures and heavy snow, many gardeners hope the severe weather translates to fewer garden insects in the coming growing season. But, unfortunately, insects have evolved many coping mechanisms enabling them to tolerate winter conditions just fine. Most commonly each insect species overwinters in a specific developmental stage – egg, larva,... Continue Reading →

Workers in the Soil

When discussing beneficial critters, it’s easy to forget about the ones we don’t see, especially those below ground. Yet the soil is where it all starts, so they deserve recognition and admiration too. From cycling and retaining nutrients to improving structure, suppressing disease and moving and holding water, air and carbon, soil fauna do an... Continue Reading →

Spiders and their Webs

Everyone has had that experience where you are walking along, minding your own business, when suddenly strange, gossamer threads are coating your face. You realize in a panic that you are now draped in some spider’s home and desperately try free yourself from this silky inconvenience. The very idea of this can send a shiver... Continue Reading →

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