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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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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Good Bug – Bad Bug

“It’s a POLY!!!” a two-year old screamed as we dug in the compost pile.  He giggled and twitched as the roly-poly – or sow bug – climbed up and down his hand.  The sow bug eventually rolled off his hand …

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Schools Green their Daily Actions

Starting this month, six Cincinnati Public Schools are taking a step to improve their schools’ environmental impact. Silverton Paideia, Rockdale Academy, Pleasant Ridge Montessori, Roselawn Condon, Rees E. Price and Dater High School are participating in Sustainability in Action, a program envisioned by …

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