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Why Are There So Many Plants In the Rainforest?

Why Are There So Many Plants In the Rainforest?

The biodiversity of plants in the rainforest is staggering. Some rainforests have more species of plant than entire continents, and a single tree in the rainforest may contain more species of epiphyte (plants that grow on other plants) than most countries. But why are...

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Barrel Cactus vs Saguaro Cactus: What’s the Difference?

Barrel Cactus vs Saguaro Cactus: What’s the Difference?

To those of us new to the desert, it can be hard to tell the difference between a barrel cactus vs saguaro cactus. These large cacti grow across the southwestern United States. Young saguaros can closely resemble barrel cacti, adding to the confusion. Let’s break down...

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Cuttings: The Magical Way to Grow Plants

Cuttings: The Magical Way to Grow Plants

Fall is here! The sweaters are warm! The pumpkins are spiced! And leaves are falling from their trees! While many regular gardening activities are winding down, it is the perfect time to begin starting new plants from cuttings.  Many of the plants you see every day...

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How Do Some Trees Get So Big?

How Do Some Trees Get So Big?

Anyone who’s ever visited a rainforest in the tropics or the Pacific Northwest will findi it impossible to ignore how tall the trees are. A defining characteristic of a tree is definitely the fact that trees are taller than bushes -- but why are trees tall? Let’s look...

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Magic Plants in the Real World

Magic Plants in the Real World

We’re never too old for fairy tales. Folk stories about gingerbread houses, witches cauldrons, glass slippers, and cursed frogs have shaped our imaginations and cultures since humans first gathered around the fire. To this day, they continue to delight, enchant, and...

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18 Plants You Can Grow from Table Scraps (With Instructions)

18 Plants You Can Grow from Table Scraps (With Instructions)

Composting leftover food is great and all, but what if you could make more food come from your table scraps? This isn’t the stuff of dreams for starving college students - it’s real. You can grow plants from table scraps. It's nice to know where your food comes from...

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What Plants to Look for After Wildfires? Wildflowers!

What Plants to Look for After Wildfires? Wildflowers!

Wildfire seasons are becoming longer and more intense throughout western North America. As climate change continues to make such extreme weather events more common, it is important to know what to expect from land that has previously been burned. And it's not all bad!...

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Beyond Giant Hogweed: Plants That Burn or Blister You

Beyond Giant Hogweed: Plants That Burn or Blister You

Giant hogweed is a pretty terrifying plant that hit the news late in the summer of 2018. It’s an invasive plant and noxious weed, meaning it’s harmful to people. But it’s not the only dangerous plant out there. Touching giant hogweed can cause terrible burns (and even...

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A Guide to James, Jellies, and Preserves: From Apples to Peaches

A Guide to James, Jellies, and Preserves: From Apples to Peaches

It’s that time of year - pumpkin spice lattes are all over everything, leaves are turning colors, and… you’re drowning in extra fruits and berries that you need to find a way to preserve. Or is that just me? While you might want to make jams or jellies year ‘round (I...

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Planning a Last Minute Winter Vegetable Garden

Planning a Last Minute Winter Vegetable Garden

As the summer growing season slows and leaves begin to turn, it’s nice to start thinking about all of the vegetables and greens that you can keep eating fresh all through the winter. Here are some tips to prepare your last minute winter vegetable garden! While the...

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Identifying the 27 Most Common Vegetable Plants

Identifying the 27 Most Common Vegetable Plants

In all of the excitement of planting your vegetable garden, you forgot to label the rows of greenery. Now you’re looking at lines of little green seedlings (or a tangled mess of adult plants), and wondering what’s going on in your garden. Before you throw in the...

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