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The Vegetable Garden

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by Suzanne Ruggles “I just came in from the garden. It had been calling me for quite some time, and I was resisting. But it didn’t stop calling, and I was practically levitated to it, and there it was – the garden in splendor: glorious light shining from every bean flower, the bright, clear yellow […]

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Native Plants

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by Suzanne Ruggles Native plants require less water because they are suited to the climate, soils, and other environmental factors of their native regions. They also have built-in defenses against native insect, viral, and fungal predators and are thus less likely to succumb to the different fungi and insects that plague non-native plants. Because of the above, […]

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More Problems with Common Landscape Practices

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by Suzanne Ruggles A. Leaf Removal Leaves and plant litter are a vital part in the life giving systems that plants need in order to survive. Nature, in its infinite wisdom, has provided an incredible diversity of organism that make up the soil. They range in size from the tiniest one-celled bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa; to […]

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Native Wild Deer Diet

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by Susanne Ruggles with a quote from The Economist. In “The Economist” June 8, 2002, “A Biting Response” it says. “Gardeners understand the virtue of pruning. Cutting back the lanky stems of a prized shrub leads not only to a smaller bush; it also reinvigorates the whole plant, thickening it up as side branches are stimulated […]

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Why Nature Is Good For Us

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by Suzanne Ruggles Nature is good for us. This may seem obvious, but science is now actually studying this quantitatively, and coming up with surprising, although obvious findings. Richard Louv, in “Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”, links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s children to some of […]

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Wildlife Rescue Center Honors the Barefoot Gardener

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Wildlife Rescue Center boardmember Suzanne Ruggles, known to many as “The Barefoot Gardener,” has received the first Suffolk County Water Authority Source Water Protection Award. This award is co-sponsored by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, The Nature Conservancy and Neighborhood Network and seeks to recognize individuals actively working towards ensuring the quality and quantity […]

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The Barefoot Gardener