News roundup


A butterfly garden can be as small as three square feet or as big as a thousand acres, as long as it’s a pesticide-free planting of native perennials and grasses on a sunny site.

You can tell that native plants are going mainstream when CBS News does a story about monarch butterflies and habitat loss.

Mark Bittman is always interesting, whether he’s giving us recipes or informing us about the intersection of food and the environment. Most recently he showed that Round-Up (glyphosphate), the “harmless” and “short-acting” herbicide that’s widely used in commercial agriculture and home gardens, is most likely a carcinogen.

And if you wanted even more proof that reality is more complicated than it seems, take a look at PBS’s documentary about plant communication. It certainly made me think about pruning in a whole new light. (Ouch!)


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