Creating backyard oasis for bees, birds, butterflies keeps pollination cycle going  Which is why it's not so surprising that her backyard in west Houston near the Energy Corridor is a certified backyard wildlife habitat.  The state certification is awarded to backyards that meet certain requirements - such as at least half of the plants being native to Texas as well as having consistent food, shelter and water sources for wildlife.  Backlas is one of many local gardeners who appreciate…

Creating backyard oasis for bees, birds, butterflies keeps pollination cycle going Which is why it's not so surprising that her backyard in west Houston near the Energy Corridor is a certified backyard wildlife habitat. The state certification is awarded to backyards that meet certain requirements - such as at least half of the plants being native to Texas as well as having consistent food, shelter and water sources for wildlife. Backlas is one of many local gardeners who appreciate…

A close up shot of "Madelyn D'Ann 2014" Daylilies provide a full palette of color and dimension for the garden, and they have few rivals, if any, on that score. If you plant your garden with multiples varieties, you can have all sorts of blooms from early spring to autumn.

A close up shot of "Madelyn D'Ann 2014" Daylilies provide a full palette of color and dimension for the garden, and they have few rivals, if any, on that score. If you plant your garden with multiples varieties, you can have all sorts of blooms from early spring to autumn.

Bromeliads, including the colorful Neoregelia, absorb extra water and hold it until needed. Rain water is best.

Bromeliads, including the colorful Neoregelia, absorb extra water and hold it until needed. Rain water is best.

Until spring and summer flowers bloom, a birdfeeder provides nourishment for these goldfinches. Your garden will thank you for it, as will the birds and the bees. They need our help, too, to stay healthy and happy in our increasingly concrete society.

Until spring and summer flowers bloom, a birdfeeder provides nourishment for these goldfinches. Your garden will thank you for it, as will the birds and the bees. They need our help, too, to stay healthy and happy in our increasingly concrete society.

An underground greenhouse is a smart option for those who love gardening, but unfortunately live in a cold climate. You need only, to build your greenhouse few feet into the ground with a slopping roof made from clear corrugated roofing. Earth’s natural thermal insulation, combined with passive heat of the sun will result in significant energy savings. An underground greenhouse will extend over the annual gardening season. You will be able to have fresh fruits and vegetables most of the…

An underground greenhouse is a smart option for those who love gardening, but unfortunately live in a cold climate. You need only, to build your greenhouse few feet into the ground with a slopping roof made from clear corrugated roofing. Earth’s natural thermal insulation, combined with passive heat of the sun will result in significant energy savings. An underground greenhouse will extend over the annual gardening season. You will be able to have fresh fruits and vegetables most of the…

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