How easy is it to build Green?

I hear a great many people talking about being green, living healthier, sustainability and what it all means these days. And I freely admit it makes me happy. It seems more and more people are focusing on there own “foot …

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The Green Learning Station is proud to be the highest tech parking lot in the Midwest. We are home to an experiment comparing six types of pavement, five of which let water flow through them. How does pervious paving work? …

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From Oct 17-20, the leaders in green roof and wall design, construction and research met for the Cities Alive conference in Chicago.  I was lucky enough to attend and share the design of the Green Learning Station’s green roofs with …

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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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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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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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What happens to our rain?

Part of the problem with understanding how things work is that it can be hard to forget them. Take for instance the rain we have been getting for the past 36 hours. Because I teach about this subject for a living, I …

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I am one happy gardener this week!  I live on a steep slope and have been battling erosion issues after heavy rainfalls for years.  I’ve built terraces.  I’ve had french drains installed. I’ve planted rugged plants that will “hold the …

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