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Bee Pollen: Nature's Backyard Superfood

Honeybees don’t mean to gather pollen. They don’t go searching for it, and it doesn’t drive their foraging trips. In fact, the honeybee’s pollen collection is a bit of an afterthought.Nectar is what drives the honeybee forager to visit flowers. It’s the nectar that she’s concerned with when she returns to the hive and does her waggle dance for her sisters, conveying the precise location where the sweet stuff can be found.
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Window Box Ideas for All Seasons

Gardening is so relaxing. Just looking at beautiful greenery and flowers is calming to my soul. Window boxes are a great way to add flowers to an area that would otherwise be flowerless. They add a great pop of color to a dull, drab window, and they make a pretty window even prettier.We have a window box outside our kitchen window.
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Clematis Plants and How to Grow Them Successfully

Rosie is a library media specialist. An avid reader and life-long learner, Rosie enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise in many areas. The ClematisThe clematis has been around since the 1800s. Today there are more than 300 varieties of clematis. They are perennials—returning year after year—growing larger and covering more area.
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5 Ways to Help Bees Without Becoming a Beekeeper

PHOTO: ShutterstockBeekeeping is popular. It seems that after chickens and goats, bees are the most coveted hobby farm “livestock” endeavor. However, beekeeping can seem daunting, not to mention expensive. Not everyone feels confident donning a suit and maintaining a hive. Lots can go wrong when you keep bees, above and beyond the obvious risk of being stung.
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GMOs or Pesticides: Which Evil Would You Choose?

Did you ever play “Would You Rather” as a kid? The idea of the game is you’d pose two ridiculously difficult situations and charge your opponent to choose the one, however horrible it might be, they’d rather participate in. Would you rather eat spiders coated in chocolate or caramel coated in ants? Would you rather walk around the North Pole naked or through the desert in a wool sweater and parka?
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