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Bees Bees and more Bees, please.

As the world's bee population mysteriously declines, you can join the many renegade bee charmers by creating environments and habitats in which bees can thrive. For starters, we now have Mason Bee Nest Kits that can be placed just about anywhere! Mason bees have lived in the US for millions of years. They are called Masons because they work with mud to build and seal their nests. Masons pollinate orchards and gardens and are active in colder temperatures. They are not honey producing bees and do not chase or sting. In the wild, Masons build mud sealed nest in tubes like reeds or holes in trees. Extensive research here in the US has proven the Mason bees task is made easier if...

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GRDN and owner Susanne Kongoy are featured on GARDENISTA by the lovely Erin Boyle! "For plant lovers living in the city, it's nice to know there's a place within walking distance that you can visit and leave with a little something green. Susanne Kongoy's shop, GRDN, on Hoyt Street in Brooklyn is just that sort of an oasis..." photograph by Erin Boyle

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Indoor Plants for the New Year

It is a new year and time to regain your confidence with indoor plants. Let us help you by suggesting a few plants that can get you going. Ferns are perfect green companions. They survive with slightly spongy soil - not too moist and certainly not dry. They prefer indirect light and do well in the middle of a room. Snake Plants offer height and structure to a room. They clean the air better than most plants and are extremely tolerant. They only need watered every few weeks! How convenient is that?! Succulents are even more tolerant. They require a bright room and very little attention. And because of their size they look great planted in all sorts of containers....

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