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Garden With Native Plants

Reason 1: Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat As our population grows, mankind encroaches on the natural world, pushing out species of both plants and animals—some to the state of extinction. There’s not a lot I can do personally to save the tiger or polar bear, but I can make sure that area songbirds have plenty… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • March 25, 2014
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Eliminate the Lawn – Part II

Create a Master Plan! There’s nothing like going to a major garden show in the middle of February to get me thinking about what I want to do in my own garden. When we bought our house in 1993, we created a simple master plan for our grass-only, extra-large lot. At the time, we decided… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • February 20, 2015

Going to Seed

Spring Flowers Fade as Summer Dawns With the passing of the Summer Solstice, my garden marks the transition of my spring flowers from blossom to seed. Though I am always sad to see many of my favorite blooms disappear for the next nine months, I know that it is just part of the cycle of… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • June 23, 2014

Celebrate National Pollinator Week!

June 15–21, 2015 Eight years ago, the U.S. Senate proclaimed the third week in June as National Pollinator Week to help publicize the decline of pollinator populations and to promote gardening and agriculture practices that nurture these essential species. The Pollinator Partnership was formed as a resource for accurate information and to spread the word. From… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • June 15, 2014

My Garden’s May Flowers

Hooray for April Showers! I could not resist sharing the beautiful flowers that grace my garden in May, and the beneficial pollinators and insects they attract, with this photo essay. We were conscious about planting to have a continual progression of blooms as close to year-round as possible. The garden is a riot of color beginning in… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • May 23, 2014

22 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day EVERY Day

Try One or Try Them All—Whatever You Do WILL Make a Difference! 1. Grow Your Own Food The best way to ensure that the food you eat is grown organically is to grow your own. It’s healthier for you and your family, as well as the birds, insects and native plants in your area. Put… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • April 17, 2014
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Welcome to The Green Queen of Moderation!

living an imperfectly sustainable life! Featuring original content and curated posts covering the “re”words (recycle, repurpose, reduce, reuse, repair, restore), the green garden (organic gardening, native plants, backyard wildlife habitats), green choices (healthy lifestyle, conscientious consumerism, resource conservation) and simple gifts (hand crafted gifts, gifts from the garden, gifts from the heart).      … Continue reading →

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