How can we keep from working?

Yesterday there was a snippet on NPR about school districts that paid students for every book they read. They found that the students did, in fact, read more books, but they chose shorter books. One of the researchers being interviewed …

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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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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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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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Our Best Plant Sale Yet

You remember the line from the movie Forrest Gump that went, “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get.”  That’s how I feel about the weather in Cincinnati – it’s been spring-like for …

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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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Plant Lore: Snakeroot

Twice this week I had people comment on a weedy looking plant with white flowers that is growing in the Civic Garden Center’s Backyard Vegetable Garden. Since then, I have been seeing it all over town: mostly on the edges …

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