Edible Front Yards

One of the challenges of gardening in the city is the proximity of neighbors, their houses, and stately street trees. All of these factors combine to make a lot of shady spots and relatively few places that are suitable for …

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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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Landscaping with Fruit

When my husband and I purchased our first house, over seven years ago, we were eager to transform our small yard from patchy grass with a few scraggly shrubs, into a beautiful and edible oasis in the city. It is …

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Gardening as Inquiry

“Our garden is nothing if not an experiment,” my husband said to me after I explained my rationale behind the two trenches I had just dug under our new cold frame. No, I told him, they were not for drainage, …

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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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