Climate Change and Our Gardens

As passionate gardeners, we keep wondering how the changing climate is affecting our gardens. We therefore noticed when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated its plant hardiness zone map on January 25, 2012. Throughout much of the U.S., the map is a half-zone (5 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than its 1990 predecessor. Gardeners rely on plant […]

Downspout Disconnection – What’s the Point?

By Dr. Dianne Saxe and Jackie Campbell A dinner guest recently grumbled about municipal requirements that he disconnect his downspouts. Why are they making us do such a stupid thing, he complained. What’s the point? Do we really have to do it? Yes, we told him, and it’s about time! But why? Most downspouts move storm […]