Pick up new kitchen skills and recipe ideas at the Civic Garden Center’s summer food classes  August is a time of bounty in the garden (and farmers’ markets)… so what are you going to do with all those fruits and …

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Iridescent Beetles Galore

As a gardener, I have a wide range of feelings about insects. I go out of my way to attract certain insects to my vegetable garden, namely pollinators and insects that eat or parasitize garden pests. While some visitors to …

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What To Do When The Chicory Blooms

What to do when the chicory blooms? Know that summer has started, for sure — no more weirdly cold nights when you wish you hadn’t gone ahead and planted the most tender annuals. Plant Heavenly Blue Morning Glory seeds, along …

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When Civic Garden Center staff and volunteers think of the first weekend of May, our automatic first association is THE Plant Sale. It has been happening for over 60 years now and it is the big event for many Cincinnati …

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             Every year there is an effort to embody the Civic Garden Center’s message  in its booth at the Home and Garden Show.  The center started as a resource for local gardeners during World War II.  Over the years, …

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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 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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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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