Barbara H. Shaw

Barbara Shaw gardens, writes, and makes junk art in Oregon. She earned degrees in zoology, physiology, and journalism, and writes about science, health, growing things, and energy management. She also delights in reading, cooking, photography, eco-travel and has visited 60 countries. Married to a sports journalist, she embraces being a grandmother.

Articles by Barbara H. Shaw


Pollinator Pollinator Pollinator Pollinator


What plants should you use to attract pollinators to your garden? Barbara Shaw gives her advice.

Photosynthesis: The Power of Light Photosynthesis: The Power of Light Photosynthesis: The Power of Light Photosynthesis: The Power of Light


Photosynthesis powers life on Earth. The word has Greek roots, with Photo being “light” and Synthesis being “put together.” Barb Shaw puts...

Plant Sex: Dioeceous and Monoeceous Reproduction Plant Sex: Dioeceous and Monoeceous Reproduction Plant Sex: Dioeceous and Monoeceous Reproduction Plant Sex: Dioeceous and Monoeceous Reproduction


Genetic exchanges have been going on since bacteria ruled the earth. In time, special structures developed to get genes from one individual...

Farm to Table: Culinary Delights in Northern New Mexico Farm to Table: Culinary Delights in Northern New Mexico Farm to Table: Culinary Delights in Northern New Mexico Farm to Table: Culinary Delights in Northern New Mexico


The geography, scenery, and culture in Northern New Mexico are fascinating. And so are the local culinary establishments. Barb Shaw scouted...

Harvesting the Rain: How to Properly Collect Rainwater for Reuse in the Garden Harvesting the Rain: How to Properly Collect Rainwater for Reuse in the Garden Harvesting the Rain: How to Properly Collect Rainwater for Reuse in the Garden Harvesting the Rain: How to Properly Collect Rainwater for Reuse in the Garden


Whether it’s out of necessity, to lower your water bills, or to help the planet, harvesting rainwater can be rewarding.

A Quick Guide to Growing Plants in Coco Coir A Quick Guide to Growing Plants in Coco Coir A Quick Guide to Growing Plants in Coco Coir A Quick Guide to Growing Plants in Coco Coir


Coir is commonly used in hydroponic media. Here’s a bit more about where it comes from and how to use it in your garden.

How Nutrients from the Ocean Help Your Garden How Nutrients from the Ocean Help Your Garden How Nutrients from the Ocean Help Your Garden How Nutrients from the Ocean Help Your Garden


Minerals and nutrients from the sea are beneficial to land-based organisms today. Here's how ocean-based nutrients help your garden grow.

Understanding Circadian Rhythms in Plants Understanding Circadian Rhythms in Plants Understanding Circadian Rhythms in Plants Understanding Circadian Rhythms in Plants


Here is why understanding your plants’ circadian rhythms is beneficial.

How to Build a Food Forest How to Build a Food Forest How to Build a Food Forest How to Build a Food Forest


Food forest gardening is a hot topic in the permaculture community and among small farmers. But it’s hardly a new idea.

How to be a Successful Rooftop Gardener How to be a Successful Rooftop Gardener How to be a Successful Rooftop Gardener How to be a Successful Rooftop Gardener


Though perhaps in its infancy in many North American locales, rooftop growing is a well-developed practice elsewhere.

Farm to Table: King Estate Farm to Table: King Estate Farm to Table: King Estate Farm to Table: King Estate


By working with nature, King Estate have created a one-of-a-kind farm to table restaurant that is a unique experience.

Turning Trash into Treasure with Indoor Composting Turning Trash into Treasure with Indoor Composting Turning Trash into Treasure with Indoor Composting Turning Trash into Treasure with Indoor Composting


Humans have taken advantage of nature’s recycling program for thousands of years. Even though a lot of us live in urban areas, there’s no...

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