Friends in the Garden

Maria Rossoto

Basics of Garter Snakes and How They’re Good for the Garden

Some snakes are good for the garden. This article focuses on a common one, the garter snake, so you can learn to identify and make peace with it. It’s best to internalize this information because a snake encounter in the garden is always a surprise. You’re focused on weeding or checking your plants, maybe you …

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Important Things Ladybugs Want You to Know (An Exclusive Interview with a Ladybug)

They’re cute, colourful little beetles that eat pests who destroy vegetable farms and gardens, but beyond that, what do you really know about ladybugs? I sat down with a ladybug recently to get answers to the age-old question, “what should you know about ladybugs?”  What this ladybug revealed might surprise you. Maria (M): Ladybug, thank …

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Companion Planting – Myth or Fact?

Don’t Google “companion planting” unless you have hours to spend reading contradictory information. It seems impossible to untangle which advice has a bearing in science and which advice is the result of an eons long gardening whisper game. Companion planting “knowledge” is often dispensed without any data and sometimes without any reasoning to back the …

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