Penstemon digitalis: An Early Bloomer for Your Garden

Does the name penstemon ring a bell? Penstemon digitalis is a lovely perennial plant, about three feet tall, that features elegant green (and sometimes purple-tinged) leaves and multiple white, bell-shaped [...]

Jerry Wilhelm on Soil, Water, Organisms, and Love

When mid-nineteenth century plough technology finally made “breaking” the tough prairie sod feasible, the extraordinary fertility of Midwestern soil was revealed and the destruction of the prairie immediately got underway. [...]

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