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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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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Backyard Bouquet Sun Perennials

Who can resist the splendor of a bouquet of freshly cut flowers ? How would you like to grow your own bouquets for family and friends? Sun perennials (SP) offer a sustainable and economical choice for a cutting garden. Once …

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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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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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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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