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The “purple flower” of the Purple coneflower is not a flower at all!

The colorful part we see on the purple coneflower is actually a bunch of modified leaves called “ray florets” or petals. They form a beautiful circle around the actual flowers at the center, known as “disc florets.” The “disc florets” are small tubular structures found in the middle. They produce nectar, enticing pollinators like bees […]

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Pine Barrens Ecosystem Poster – New Jersey (Free Download)

I’m in love with this place! The New Jersey Pine Barrens is a unique ecosystem that covers over 1.1 million acres in southern New Jersey.It is characterized by its acidic soils, and a multitude of diverse plant and animal species that have adapted to thrive in these conditions. You can see some of the biodiversity […]

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Important function of Perennials in an Agriculture System

Why do so many farms prefer to grow annual vegetables in their early stages of establishment? Usually, this is because annual vegetables are a commercial product, that has quick economic returns and there’s already a niche market available in a different market. However, sometimes this can be a trap that includes only seasonal labor, and […]

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The Beauty of Native Plants in Your Garden: How to Create a Wildlife Haven in Your Own Backyard

“Ecology and spirituality are fundamentally connected, because deep ecological awareness ultimately, is spiritual awareness” -Fritjot Capra Are you looking to add some color and life to your garden? Look no further than native plants! New Jersey’s forests, natural areas, and reserves are full of biodiversity, and by adding native plants to your garden, you can […]

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September Planting Guide: Top 5 Delicious Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden

Are you looking for some new ideas for what to plant at home this season of the year? Check out my September Planting Guide, there’s no doubt that September welcomes the beautiful fall, and the growing seasons begin to slow. However, this is a great time to spend outside in your garden, planting fast-growing vegetables […]

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The Fascinating World of Jerusalem Crickets: A Guide to Coexist with These Misunderstood Insects

Jerusalem crickets, also known as potato bugs or Ammopelmatus sp, are fascinating creatures that are often misunderstood and feared. Found in the western United States, these insects are known for their large size (up to 2 inches long) and unusual appearance. They have long antennae, spiny legs, and round, segmented bodies. Despite their intimidating appearance, […]

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