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The easiest way to attract loads of butterflies

The Minnesotan recently shared his success with putting black bananas in his bird bath — this one attracted over a dozen butterflies to feed at one time.

Or maybe this just tells you what NOT to leave in your garden if you're like Ariel who saw this picture and commented, "These are the fucking ugliest butterflies I've ever seen."

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An ode to edamame: my homegrown, protein-rich popcorn replacement

I do not care what you say; the BEST snack food in the world is edamame. Green, healthy, savory, salty — steamed soybeans have the popability of potato chips, and it's so easy to drop a ton of money on frozen packs of them at the grocery.

Growing my own edamame not only broke free of the frozen food aisle, but inspired a consuming love for these tiny green beans and all their furry hardiness.

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Fill a foyer with plants

Carol-san shared her photos of a smart use of space: her home has a less-than functional space in this passageway. Happily, she's made the best of it by greening up the space with lots of indirect-light-loving plants.

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3 links celebrating garden-dwelling hedgehogs

Honestly, this post is just a reason for me to fantasize about what it would be like to have little hedgehogs living in my garden, all cute and waddly. So I found videos, GIFs, and helpful tips to teach me all about my completely-imaginary hedgehog.

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Mapping your garden to plan for a better harvest

We moved into our homestead back in 2006 when it was just a blank canvas of lawn, with a couple old rose bushes here and there. After six years of major landscape changes, it’s about time I got around to making a decent planting plan of the homestead. Using AutoCAD and Illustrator, I came up with a pretty rad (and full-color!) homesteading map.