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Raising Expectations
A Guide To Building Raised Gardening Beds

You may have heard people talking about having raised beds, but really — what are they? How tall does a bed have to be in order to qualify as a raised bed? What are the benefits? Do you have to have raised beds for your vegetables? Are they difficult or pricey to construct?
Better Soil, Better Drainage, Better Back
Raised beds are great for gardeners who have poor soil (rocky, clay or sandy). By building beds above your soil surface and filling them with higher quality soil, you’re giving your vegetables a better environment to thrive and produce. Also, if you are a gardener with mobility issues, you will find gardening with raised beds to be much easier than gardening at ground level.

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The Prairie Ecologist
Chris Helzer

Who could be mad at these big beautiful brown eyes?
As it turns out, lots of people can.
The differential grasshopper is one of a long list of native North American species, headlined by white-tailed deer and raccoons, that have adapted very well to today’s agricultural landscapes.  Whether you call these species adaptable generalists or pests probably depends upon whether or not they’re eating your sweet corn.  Regardless, you have to admire (or at least recognize) the traits that allowed them to thrive under changing habitat conditions that have pushed many other native species to the brink of extinction.

Latest review of Beautifully Sustainable

Tim Power, MNLA Government Affairs Director expounds on the pragmatic virtues of Douglas Owens-Pike’s book in the August 2014 addition of the Scoop, the official publication of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.


2014 Pollination Celebration

EnergyScapes Inc. is excited to be part the Pollinator Party
Thursday, July 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Lyndale Park on Lake Harriet
4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Come by, have fun, and get educated on what you can do to promote a healthy environment for our precious pollinators.
EnergyScapes will have have milkweed seeds for anyone who want to help feed the monarch butterflies. You can also pick up a copy of Beautifully Sustainable; Douglas Owens-Pike’s comprehensive field-guide to converting your landscape into a sustainable ecosystem.

Angie’s List Writes Two Article Feature EnergyScapes!

On July 1st 2014, the popular site for business transparency, Angie’s List, featured an article about the benefits of bee’s as well as attracting other important pollinators .   In the article EnergyScapes was mentioned for their work in providing pollinator habitat for these crucial insects as well as tips fr