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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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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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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Potatoes in a Box

Potatoes are usually considered a space hog in the garden: you need to plant them in a large area in order to have enough to feed your household for more than a few meals. For this reason I have never …

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The Miracle of Frost Hardy Vegetables

Since the first snow fall I have pretty much ignored my vegetable garden, since it was covered with several inches of snow for an unusual number of weeks. After returning from my holiday vacation to a snow free garden, and …

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Build up Garden Beds with Sheet Compost

Sheet composting is a low-work gardening strategy that recharges your garden beds. The basic idea is that you create a layered compost pile on top of an exisiting garden bed or where you want to build a new bed and …

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This Year's Leaves, Next Year's Compost

I love this time of year:  the earth is still holding on to summer’s heat, but the cool winds start to blow in (some people call this “sweater weather”).  It begins to feel crisp without being too cold; the garden …

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