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Get Inspired: Garden!

GREAT gardening article:

Today.com, “Gardening 101: Everything you need to know to plant a thriving garden” (posted 3/18/16)

There is so much information in this article (how to, choosing plants, tools), but these natural pest elimination  recipes are great – make your own:

Insect repellent: In a large pot, mix two heads of crushed garlic, 3 cups of crushed mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper and 12 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Let the mixture sit overnight and then strain it into a couple of spray bottles, adding a few squirts of dish soap to each. This should yield 12 cups of liquid.

Weed killer: This is as easy as filling a spray bottle with white vinegar and adding a teaspoon of dish soap. Be careful when spraying this solution because it can kill your plants too.

If you love to garden … or … need some encouragement, this is the place to be!

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show | March 16-20, 2016


Held each spring at the San Mateo Event Center, the show covers more than five acres and includes full-sized showcase gardens, floral designs and loads of ideas, discussions, talks, pamphlets and experts galore!


DOW Weed Killer & People & Butterflies…..

Dear Friend,


Dow Chemical Co. calls it a weed killer. But it has the potential to harm a lot more than weeds.

As I write, Dow Chemical Co. is seeking the EPA’s approval to market its new herbicide Enlist Duo, a toxic mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. If it’s approved, it will be sprayed on millions of acres of genetically engineered crops. This dangerous mixture has been shown to increase the risk of endocrine and reproductive system disruption, Parkinson’s disease and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) have written a Congressional sign-on letter urging the EPA and USDA to reject Dow’s application for Enlist Duo. There’s no time to waste – please ask your representative to join them and sign the letter today. We only have until this Friday, July 25, to get as many Congressional signers as we possibly can.

Click here to urge your representative to stand up against this new toxic herbicide mix and tell the EPA and USDA to deny Dow’s application.

When EWG’s analysts dug into the potential dangers of this toxic herbicide, one of the most alarming facts they found is the shocking number of schools that are close to soy and corn fields where Enlist Duo could be sprayed – more than 5,600 schools, to be exact. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want my child anywhere near this stuff.

On top of the very real threats to human health, widespread use of 2,4-D would affect dozens of endangered species and potentially worsen the decline of honeybees and other essential insects.This is a no-brainer – we must do whatever we can to put a stop to this toxic weed killer before it hits the market.

Click here right now to tell your representative to sign the Congressional letter urging the EPA and USDA to reject Dow Chemical’s application for Enlist Duo.

Thank you for taking action on such an important issue.


Ken Cook
President, Environmental Working Group