Did You Know, Fauna, Nature

The American Robin

The American Robin is a harbinger of spring. As soon as we see those familiar red breasted birds bopping across our lawns, heads tilted to the side, yellow beaks hovering hopefully for a breakfast worm, we know winter is finally releasing its hold. They are more closely related to Eurasian blackbirds than European robins, but… Continue reading The American Robin

Did You Know, Fast Facts

Are Poinsettias Poisonous? 10 Fascinating Facts about this prolific holiday plant.

Poinsettias account for a quarter of all houseplants sold in North America each year generating sales of over $144 million dollars annually. What most people think are flowers are actually leaves. The flower of a poinsettia is that small yellow cluster in the centre. The dazzling displays of red that typically lure us in are… Continue reading Are Poinsettias Poisonous? 10 Fascinating Facts about this prolific holiday plant.

Did You Know, Trees

Tree Free Paper

While so much has gone digital, there is still nothing like holding a "real" book in your hands. Nothing compares to that new book smell. But what exactly are you sniffing? From where does that paper come? If it's tree-based there is an 85% chance those printed pages used to stand tall in the form… Continue reading Tree Free Paper

Did You Know, Fast Facts, Top 10 Lists

Ten Fun Facts about Pumpkins!

All pumpkins are not created orange. There are stunning varieties grown globally that ripen to hues of yellow, white, pink, red, tan and even blue! Out of the 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the United States each year, 80 percent of the crop ripens and hits the market in October. If pumpkins make… Continue reading Ten Fun Facts about Pumpkins!

Did You Know, Fast Facts, Seeds

Five Fast Facts about Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are produced on Salvia Hispanic plants, a member of the mint family native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Low in calories but high in nutrients, these power packed seeds have 2.5 times more protein than beans, 6 times more calcium than milk, 8 times more omega-3 than salmon, 3 times more… Continue reading Five Fast Facts about Chia Seeds

Did You Know, Fast Facts, Five Fast Flora or Fauna Facts For Friday, Flowers, Garden Helpers

Five Fast Facts about Bumblebees

There are over 255 different species of bumblebees in the world. The largest is the Bombus dahlbomii which can grow up to 4 cm (1.6 inches) long. The smallest is the Perdita minima who measures in at less than 2 mm.Unlike honeybees, bumblebees do not die after stinging. Bumblebees flap their wings 130 times per… Continue reading Five Fast Facts about Bumblebees

Did You Know, Fertilizer, Seeds

A Truly Green Lawn

Are you one of those people who love the look of a manicured lawn but can’t help feeling a twinge of guilt every time you look over your expanse of green? Do you worry about the cost to the environment in keeping your emerald square looking lush and weed free? Or maybe you’re tired of having to… Continue reading A Truly Green Lawn

Did You Know, Fast Facts

Butterfly Trivia

The world is home to over 17,500 species of butterflies. The rarest is the Palos Verdes Blue once thought to be extinct, only to be spotted alive and well, though few in number, in 1994 in San Pedro, California.  Peru is home to at least 3,700 species of butterflies; more than any other country. In… Continue reading Butterfly Trivia

Did You Know, Seeds, Soil

How Sunflowers Save the Earth

After a natural disaster we expect help to arrive in the form of Relief Agencies and Government Aid, but we might be surprised to learn sunflowers often come to the rescue as well. As sunny and cheerful as they are, sunflowers are about far more than just boosting spirits and looking pretty. These big, bright,… Continue reading How Sunflowers Save the Earth