Deserved Rest for You and Your Perennials

The grounds here at the Civic Garden Center are gradually sauntering their way to bed.  It’s okay; after a year like this, we’re all tired and many gardeners desire to institute a scorched earth policy in the garden. However, it …

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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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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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Save Money by Saving Seeds

I don’t know about you, but I have been having a heck of a time getting seeds to germinate outdoors this summer. Many of my spring crops finished their time in the garden much sooner than usual and so I …

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Rooftop Harvest

I went up to the roof of the Green Learning Station this morning to do a little watering and found quite a bounty awaiting me! I harvested two savoy cabbage that have been growing since last August and for some …

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The salad gardens I planted by the square foot method back in February have already yielded copious amounts of lettuce, spinach and radishes and should be producing for awhile still. If you read my earlier blog, you know how easy …

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That’s right, the Civic Garden Center has been selling plants the first weekend of May for 52 years! Gardeners in Cincinnati know that this one weekend sale is THE place to get their gardening fix. This year we have for …

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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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