2 gardening books you might enjoy…
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2 gardening books you might enjoy…

One of our members, S.P., suggested club members might enjoy two books during the “share” time of our August general club meeting. “Pacific Northwest Foraging” by Douglas Deur. Plants specific to the USA Pacific NW area explored in great detail. “Coffee for Roses” by C.L. Fornari. Misleading facts about backyard gardening are debunked. Both books … Continue reading

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Disturbing bird declines in Netherlands – linked to pesticides?
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Disturbing bird declines in Netherlands – linked to pesticides?

A new study just published in “Nature” (July 2014) shows a possible link between pesticides and bird decline in the Netherlands. “These insecticides appear to be having more profound effects than just killing our pollinating insects,” said ecologist Caspar Hallmann of Radboud University in the Netherlands, an author on the new study, published today in Nature. … Continue reading

Pesticides Killing Bees?
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Pesticides Killing Bees?

There have been many recent news stories about a possible association between bee die off and certain pesticides, called “neonicotinoids”.  There are many competing views on this concern at this point.  [Photo: MN] Here are some pointers to recent articles, pro, con and undecided:   Xerces Society:     http://www.xerces.org/neonicotinoids-and-bees/   Bees killed in Wilsonville, OR:  http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/25000_bubblebees_killed_droppi.htmlContinue reading