Get ready for No-Mow May

Bugleweed spreads in dense mats help turn a turfgrass lawn into a friendlier place for pollinators.

For about eight weeks, from early March as the snow is melting to the beginning of summer, the annual springtime resurrection of the landscape passes as a blur for those of us who work in the green industry. With more work to do than anyone can expect to fit in a day, spring is equal parts exhilarating and exhausting for gardeners. As we try to keep our heads above water, one of my favorite gardening trends of the last five or 10 years gives some welcome relief.

“No-Mow May” is a relatively simple concept with big implications. Don’t mow your lawn for the month so your landscape can better support early season pollinators. A mowing pause allows lawn “weeds” like henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), white clover (Trifolium repens), or creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) to flower, providing nectar and pollen sources for bees and other pollinators.

There are more than 40 million acres of irrigated turf grass across the country. For many native insects, especially pollinators who rely on flowering plants, that area may as well be desert. Scratch that. Deserts are way too biodiverse to compare to managed turfgrass. Those 40 million acres of lawn may as well be asphalt. Worse, considering the amount of pesticides dumped on turfgrass each year (an estimated five to seven pounds per acre according to the University of Massachusetts), those 40 million acres are really more like superfund sites if you’re an insect. Recent legislation to curb pesticide usage in the commonwealth limits the use of neonics, a specific class of systemic pesticides that make flowering plants toxic to the insects that depend on them. While this moves the state in the right direction, there’s more work to do to convince the average landowner that there is a better way to manage a lawn. No-Mow May is a great way to support the effort, diversify our landscapes, and make our yards better habitat for beneficial insects.

I’ve been practicing No-Mow May since I first bought my house in 2013. The previous homeowner planted bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) as a groundcover in a garden bed adjacent to the sidewalk. Bugleweed, a European plant species in the mint family, forms a dense mat of evergreen foliage. It’s a great groundcover for those who have the space to let it spread and there are many cultivated forms available at local garden centers. The bugleweed in my garden escaped the bed where it was planted and started spreading through the lawn in front of my house. That first spring, I let the bugleweed flower in the lawn, carefully mowing around its purple flowers and letting the honeybees from the farm down the street do their thing. The bugleweed spreads a little every year, outcompeting the turfgrass. Ten years later, my family enjoys a huge spring carpet of color, and I enjoy spending less time mowing at the height of spring.

My approach to No-Mow May might not be for everyone, but luckily there are many different options for those who

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5 of the best apps and podcasts for new gardeners

Whether it’s getting your gardening questions answered in a tick, identifying unfamiliar species, or listening to expert advice, all you have to do is surf and stream to be bang up to date.

Reassuringly for beginners, there are lots of options to put you on the front foot…

1. Blossoms

From pretty petals to weird weeds, the Blossom app helps you identify over 12,000 plants, flowers, succulents and trees.

Take a shot with your camera or pick a photo from your library, and its artificial intelligence will pinpoint the bloom or leaf. The app also provides growing advice, plant care instructions and much more. Free with in-app purchases.

2. Candida

A doorway to get you digging, potting and planting, think of Candide as your greatest gardening tool. A weighty tome without the load, you’ll find anything and everything you need to know about plants and flowers.

With video tutorials, Q & As and plant ID, you can share posts, hear on-the-spot gardening news and listen to audio tours. Plus, the app doubles up as a fast-track to National Trust gardens and hidden gems to visit. Free.

3. iNaturalist

With iNaturalist, the focus is on connecting like-minded nature lovers and gardeners, sharing your photos and exploring biodiversity.

With a wealth of access to gardening knowledge, naturalists and scientists to help you learn more about nature, you can really get stuck in by recording and sharing your thoughts and impressions with other gardeners around the world. Free.

4. A Way To Garden

The garden whisperer across the pond, Margaret Roach has been recording her 25-minute weekly public radio program for more than 10 years – and has won three silver medals from the Garden Writers’ Association Of America.

Intuitive and fun, Roach has a lovely style. Her A Way To Garden podcast is an A to Z of tending and cultivating plants from seeds.

5. Gardeners’ Question Time

With a worldwide following of avid listeners, Gardeners’ Question Time is entertaining, informative and a wonderful addition to your listening pleasure.

With a panel of horticultural experts to answer all those nagging questions and share their gardening knowledge, this is the podcast if you want to be well-informed and build up your gardening repertoire.

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10 crops for rapid results |

Fast-growing vegetables can give you results quickly and simply. When some vegetables can take a long time to grow, you can easily get impatient. This is where you utilize quick-growing vegetables.

If you are thinking of when to plant vegetables, planting speedy crops will give you harvests while you wait for other slower-growing crops. Also, by growing these fast-growing vegetable plants successionally it can mean a continuous supply of homegrown produce all through the season.

The likes of micro-greens, salad leaves, and radishes can give you rapid results with crops in just a few weeks and many of the fastest-growing crops are simple to grow, even for a beginner gardener. I have grown all of these quick-growing vegetables in the kitchen gardens that I worked in during my time as a professional gardener. I found it very rewarding to sow the seeds, watch them grow, and then get a harvest in such a short period of time.

A selection of vegetables in a wire basket

Sowing fast growing vegetable plants can fill gaps as other slower crops develop

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10 fast-growing vegetables to add to your veg plot

These fast-growing vegetables can all give you fast results and are easy to grow at home. As well as for growing in beds, if you are looking for vegetable garden ideas, these crops are suitable for raised garden beds and many are even ideal for vegetable container gardens.

Always follow the guidelines on seed packets and be aware that the speed of growth for all crops outdoors will depend on the time of year they are sown and the weather conditions.

1. Microgreens

A tray of radish microgreens growing

Radish microgreens are a great crop for growing on a kitchen windowsill

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  • ready to harvest: 14-21 days

Microgreens can be grown on a windowsill and go from sowing the seeds to harvesting in as little as two weeks. They are the seedlings of plants and are packed with nutrition and flavour.

Common microgreens to grow at home include cress, radish, beets, pea shoots, and arugula. You can grow microgreens year-round and they can be added to salads or used as garnishes on dishes. Sow microgreens regularly, every week or two, to ensure a constant supply of delicious and nutritious shoots.

Buy microgreen seeds from Burpee (opens in new tab).

2. Radish

Harvesting radish out of the vegetable garden

Radishes are a great option for anyone new to vegetable gardening

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  • ready to harvest: 20-25 days

Radishes are one of the fastest-growing crops and can be grown either in the ground or in raised beds, pots or containers. Sow the seeds thin and thin seedlings out until they are an inch apart. Water regularly and harvest when the radishes are about an inch in diameter.

Growing radishes means you can discover the wide range of colors, shapes, and flavors they come in.

Buy radish seeds at Walmart (opens in new tab).

3. Arugula

A close-up of arugula in a bowl

The baby leaves of arugula have a sweet taste

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  • ready to harvest: 20-50 days

Arugula,

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Fire Gatekeepers. Build Homes. Fast.

Poilievre to fine big city governments that block new homes & give bonuses to those that free up land & speed up building

Ottawa (Ontario) – The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, announced plans today to get big city gatekeepers out of the way and bring homes to our people:

“After 8 years of Justin Trudeau, the dream of home ownership has died for 9 out of 10 young people in our country. Canadians are doing everything we ask of them: going to school, getting a good job, working hard, and yet they still can’t afford to own a home. And as homes have become unaffordable, rents have skyrocketed. Young and new Canadians are finding it impossible to even save for a down payment, with all their hard-earned money going into rent and paying for skyrocketing groceries thanks to Justin Trudeau’s inflationary spending and taxes.

“We have more places in Canada where there is no one than places where there is anyone. But Justin Trudeau’s refusal to confront big city gatekeepers has resulted in Canada having the fewest homes per capita in the G7. Under the Liberals, the down payment needed to buy a house has doubled. In Vancouver, it’s tripled. Big cities, like Vancouver and Toronto, are the world’s 3rd and 10th most unaffordable cities in the world.

“In Vancouver, $644,000 of the total price on any given home is going to pay for government permits, zoning fees, and other bureaucratic costs. Senakw, a First Nation housing development with 6,000 homes was held up by NIMBYs because they thought it was too dense and didn’t have adequate parking. In 2022, Vancouver only managed to approve the construction of 6,269 homes. The Broadway Subway expansion, which has received $896 million in federal funding, has faced significant opposition from local NIMBYs and City Councilors for, among other things, trying to build more homes around transit stations.

“Canadians deserve better. That’s why today I am announcing my plan to bring homes people can afford. A Poliievre government will:

  • Require unaffordable big cities like Vancouver to increase homebuilding by 15{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} annually or face big financial penalties and have portions of their federal funding withheld.
  • Impose a NIMBY penalty on big city gatekeepers for egregious cases of NIMBYism. We will empower residents to file complaints about NIMBYism with the federal infrastructure department. When complaints are well-founded, we will withhold infrastructure dollars until municipalities remove the blockage and allow homebuilding to take place.
  • Reward cities who are removing gatekeepers and getting homes built by providing a building bonus for municipalities who boost homebuilding.
  • Require cities seeking federal funds pre-approved building permits for high-density housing and employment on all available land surrounding transit stations.
  • Sell ​​off 15 percent of the federal government’s 37,000 buildings. We will require these buildings to be turned into affordable housing.
  • Stop printing money. We will require every dollar of new spending to be matched by a dollar of savings. This will end
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The Four Best Businesses To Buy This Year

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Are you looking for a great investment opportunity this year? If so, then you have come to the right place! This article will explore the four best businesses to buy this year. We will examine their potential for growth, profitability, and sustainability. With the right knowledge and careful research, you can make a wise decision when investing in a business this year. So, let’s get started and take a look at the four best businesses to buy this year.

Where can you find businesses for sale?

Thankfully gone are the days when you need to hunt down a for sale sign. Nowadays, you can find businesses for sale in many other ways, such as online business for sale directory pages. This seems to be the most popular way for business owners to sell their businesses and for aspiring entrepreneurs to buy businesses, these websites will give you an extensive list of potential businesses to buy and allow you to search for your ideal business opportunity by investment level, location, and industry to ensure you find a business that will suit your needs.

Now that you know how to find businesses for sale, we will list the top four businesses to buy this year and explain the pros and cons of each business opportunity.

1) Home-Based Businesses

When it comes to finding businesses for sale, one of the most popular and profitable options are home-based businesses. Home-based businesses offer an excellent opportunity for those who want to start their own business with minimal overhead costs. Some of the most popular home-based businesses for sale include web design, content writing, virtual assistant services, and more.

One of the best things about home-based businesses is that they can be highly profitable without the need for significant investments or complex business structures. With the proper focus and dedication, home-based businesses for sale can be a great way to launch a successful career in entrepreneurship.

2) Technology Businesses

When it comes to buying businesses, technology is one of the most promising areas to consider. With the rise of digital transformation, technology-based businesses are becoming increasingly lucrative and in demand. These types of businesses can range from software companies to internet-based services, so there is something for everyone.

One thing to consider when looking at technology businesses is their scalability. Many of these businesses have the potential to expand rapidly due to their adaptability to new technologies, products, and services. Therefore, when researching different technology businesses for sale, make sure you research their scalability and long-term potential before deciding.

Furthermore, take into account the current trends in the technology market. It is essential to be mindful of emerging trends that can influence the success of a technology business. For example, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things are transforming businesses’ operations and providing significant opportunities for those willing to invest.

Finally, look for businesses with a solid customer base and good supplier relationships. The key to success

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