Sunday, April 13, 2014

Prairie Pines Preserve in Lee County Delivers The Goods!

I recently literally took a hike in Prairie Pines Preserve in Lee County, Florida, a Conservation 20/20 purchase.  Wonderful place, FREE, and lots of native plants and native wildlife to see.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Occupy Your Yard!

Here comes the onslaught, commercials from Scott's Miracle-Gro, Wal-Mart and Lowe's on how to have a beautiful yard this summer. All you have to do is dump pounds and pounds of dangerous, neurological altering, poisonous, man-made, often petroleum based crap all over your man-made, over-watered, lifeless lawn.

Now, one of them is saying, "Grow Greater" and showing wonderful pictures of family picnics with what I believe is supposed to be home grown food.  But if it's been covered in fertilizers and pesticides, it's not fit to eat!  And this idea that for some reason only blooms from plants native to southeast Asia that have been fertilized to the point that the blooms are unnaturally large are beautiful is crazy, wrong and sending a very dangerous message.  Bigger is NOT always better, just ask the bees.  If you can find any, since so many have fallen due to the overuse of...wait for it....pesticides that not only kill insects, but every living thing in your landscape AND affect the health of your children and pets, and for pets sometimes fatally.

The madness needs to stop!  No matter where you live, even in desert areas, there are plants native to your region that can handle harsh conditions.  They need to be placed according to mature height and width and light conditions and mulched.  Three inches deep.  Create a compost bin and you're all done.  Stop watching garden shows that promote through their advertisers the destruction of our water and soil, and start supporting those who know the truth and speak it.

I know someone who will thank you for it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"What Plants Talk About" Re-Airing on PBS

Hey SW Florida! WGCU is re-airing the Nature program, "What Plants Talk ABout" Wednesday night at 8pm.  If you miss it, you can catch it on your computer by googling PBS, Nature, What Plants Talk About.

Dr. Cahill

To find out details about the Florida Native Plant Society state conference this May, please visit