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Dancing With Bees

Montana gardener provides a bounty of bouquets

Honeybees need all the help they can get these days, faced with challenges such as colony collapse disorder where worker bees simply vanish. Emily Brown, known as Arizona’s “Queen Bee,” says homeowners can help. “Any homesteader can find ways to make their property into a pollinator paradise,” she says. “There’s never been a better time to learn about beekeeping.”

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Koi Story

There’s something magical about watching koi swirl up out of the depths of a crystal clear pond; it’s easy to see why these ornamental carp are referred to as living jewels of the pond. Verne and Paula Gilkes, Vankleek Hill, Ontario, have raised koi since 1983, and have some sound advice for interested owners.

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    Big Taste

    Growing the perfect tomato takes a lot of skill and more than a little luck, but gardeners still love them. Nearly every home garden has at least a plant or two…something that can’t be said for beans or carrots. Learn the secrets of the perfect tomato, from soil prep to variety selection, from the experts.

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      Pump Up Garden Soils

      The passion for soil health that has been sweeping across farm fields in recent years is now taking root in backyard gardens. “Soil health is just as important in the garden as it is on the farm,” says Carroll, Ohio, gardener and farmer Ann Brandt. “There’s a lot of information on the use of cover crops…for farmers, and the same benefits are available to gardeners."

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