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Posted on 01 February 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution and Mosquitoes With a Rainwater Garden

mosquitoBy Vanessa Richins

While the water from rainstorms is mostly beneficial for your garden, it can also bring hazards elsewhere.

One such problem occurs when polluted storm water runs off into lakes and rivers.

It can also erode the shorelines.

Another problem that can occur is an abundance of mosquitoes. These pesky insects like to lay their eggs in standing water. The more stormwater that can collect into pools, the more possibilities for mosquitoes to be born, bringing annoying pain and possible diseases.

One remedy for both problems is a rain garden. One state that is encouraging its residents to create them in Minnesota. The Minnesota Star-Tribune explains how they work, “Experts say a well-designed rain garden can hold water for Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 18 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

UGC Reader Question: Growing Vegetables in Polluted Areas

By Vanessa Richins

Vivian Campbell is wondering “about the safety of vegetables grown on a terrace in a polluted city like Cairo, which is where I live. Any help available? Thanks.”

Hello from the other side of the world!

As the world becomes more industrialized and the air, soil and water more polluted, it is indeed a concern to gardeners everywhere.

One plan that I would suggest is, if possible, bring the plants inside. You can surround them with plants that work to purify the air. Some plants that are especially efficient at removing air pollution include (as tested by NASA) :

  • Bamboo palm, Chamaedorea seifritzii
  • Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema modestum
  • English ivy
  • Fiscus, Benjamina
  • Gerbera daisy, Transvaal daisy
  • Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’
  • Dracaena ‘Marginata’ Read the rest of this entry »
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