A Winter Harvest Garden

     If you are like me, now is the time of year you begin coveting all the beautiful cut greens and berry branches in markets, and perhaps in your neighbors’ yards.  However, many of these winter accents are costly, and …

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How can we keep from working?

Yesterday there was a snippet on NPR about school districts that paid students for every book they read. They found that the students did, in fact, read more books, but they chose shorter books. One of the researchers being interviewed …

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Let Your Trees do the Mulching

Years ago someone sent me an email titled ‘St. Francis’s Lament’ in which the nature-loving saint bemoans the silliness of replacing natural cycles with our human desires for control and cleanliness.  As a modern example he discusses the silliness of …

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Earthworms have long been heralded as a gardener’s best friend, as revitalizers of the soil. While this is certainly an apt description of tried-and-true composting worms such as the Red Wiggler, not all earthworms deserve such glowing praise. Take the …

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In late July, Grant Gibson opened the gates of Compost Cincy on the edge of Elmwood Place. You’d never know it from the road, but thousands of tons of organic waste are quietly decomposing into compost, which will be sold …

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A Book for a Political Summer

Anybody else getting tired of the phone calls asking for money for various political campaigns? Being in a swing state, and in a particularly swingish county, has ramped up the attention, hasn’t it? No matter what our individual political stripe …

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Black Earth- Gardening with Biochar

I recently co-taught a class on soils with Mary Lu Lageman of Grailville as part of our permaculture class series at the Civic Garden Center. One of the topics I was excited to share about was biochar, a newly emerging and also …

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