Victory Gardens for the 21st Century

What does the lawn represent to you?  To many it is a word like yard or garden, that space in which we try to work the elements of nature into our own private ecosystem.  To others, it is the expanse …

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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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Planting the Spring Garden

Yesterday afternoon the sun called me up to the garden to see what could be done. With my seed box, planting plan drawn up in dreary January and trusty rake and shovel under my arm, I trekked up to the …

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Compost = Heat Source

“Does anyone know why the compost pile gets hot?” we asked a class of kindergarteners. “Because of hot lunch?” innocently responded a little guy named Elias. We all got a good chuckle. I’m sure you know that it’s not the …

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Protecting Safe Spaces for Kids

Gardening on valuable real estate is a radical step towards improving the low-income environment. Cincinnati has more green space (including vacant lots) than any other city in the country. But it’s a bit like the wild west – the cowboys …

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Get Ready for Fall Gardening

In the middle of 90 degree weeks it is hard to imagine that fall is on its way, but now is the time to start planning your fall vegetable garden. If you enjoy eating any of the following foods you …

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