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Why do flowers smell?

Imagine walking through a tropical forest as a sweet scent wafts through the air. A little farther down the path, the putrid stench of rotting flesh makes you catch your breath. Upon investigation, you find that both odors originate from flowers – but why do flowers smell like anything at all? ...
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Patricia Neal works with children to tend their neighborhood sponsored garden.
Local model for an urban CSA
“Four years ago, I realized we needed a model for an urban CSA,” says Craig Neal, founder and chief gardener of the Neighborhood Sponsored Garden (NSG) located in a backyard on Beard Ave. …
Christy Johnson of United Goods does minimalistic, graphic prints in small sizes. (Photos submitted)
Inside the head of minimalist State icon artist
Christy Johnson, founder & CEO of United Goods started working as a graphic designer and artist in 2003 in Minneapolis. A life-long creative, she’s loved to draw since she was a kid. Over …
These small lightboxes made by Longfellow artist Chris Miller can brighten tables and shelves. Other larger ones function as furniture. (Photo submitted)
How to add art to your home
Longfellow mosaic artist Chris Miller believes that art is like jewelry for your home. “I made this piece in glass a few years ago and I display it each September during LoLa Art Crawl. It says …
A series of 50 native plant gardens along Nicollet Avenue provide food sources and nesting space for pollinators.
Nicollet Pollinator Pathway for Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
There’s a new pathway in southwest Minneapolis, but it’s not for people.  The Nicollet Avenue Pollinator Pathway is a series of 50 native plant gardens along and around Nicollet …
April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring in the bees. This bee is feasting on creeping Charlie. (Photo submitted)
No mow May helps pollinators
Stumbling over bicycles and skateboards in the back of the garage, your fall is broken by the lawn mower handle. Wrestling your new turf terrorizer out of its winter hold, a vague memory forms of the …

Ready for your best lawn ever? 3 expert spring lawn care tips

(BPT) - Spring is just around the corner! As you make your list of spring cleaning chores, don’t forget to add lawn care to the to-do list.“The key to a healthy, robust lawn is …

Spice Up Your Life!: 8 Easy-to-Grow Unusual Vegetables

(BPT) - Ditch the boring broccoli and say hello to a purple powerhouse! Want to spice up your salads beyond the usual suspects? Then buckle up, veggie adventurer, because we're about to embark on a …

So, you want to build a retaining wall: 6 things to know before you start

(BPT) - When you want to enhance your outdoor living space, consider building with retaining wall units. Segmental retaining wall (SRW) units are the basic building blocks of landscaping, and you …

Don't know how to use your front and side yards? Hardscape features can make you love your whole outdoor space

(BPT) - Do you spend most of your time and energy focusing on your backyard for outdoor living? Most homeowners do, leaving the untapped potential of front and side yards unnoticed. What if you could …

How to create an age-friendly outdoor space you'll love for years to come

(BPT) - If you or a loved one are planning on making improvements to your home to help you age in place comfortably and safely, you're probably focusing your attention on areas inside the home. But …

(BPT) - A new year means a new garden! It's time to start thinking of what you’ll cultivate indoors and outdoors in 2024. Whether large or small, in sun or shade, there are many choices of …
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(BPT) - If you love your outdoor space — but aren't crazy about weeding, watering and mulching — you'll be glad to know there are simple ways to minimize maintenance of your yard and …
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Lifestyle news
Almost half of Americans have not written a single check in the past year — here's what they're doing instead
In light of the fact that 46% of Americans have reported not writing a check in the last year, GOBankingRates takes a look at the alternative methods people are using to exchange money.
History of foodborne outbreaks in the US
FoodReady used National Outbreak Reporting System data to understand foodborne illness outbreaks over the past two decades.
A new law aimed to increase voting access in rural counties. In South Texas it's having the opposite effect.
Votebeat looks at a new Texas state law that requires small counties to increase early voting days and hours and how some election officials are concerned over potential cost increases.
Biggest March Madness upsets since 1982
ATS.io compiled a ranking of the biggest men's March Madness upsets since 1982—when the term was coined—using Sports Reference data.
Women on quarters: Who they are and why it matters
Stacker explored the fascinating lives and achievements of the 20 remarkable women celebrated by the U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters Program.