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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Lesser Celandine a Major Challenge

If you’ve been out in the garden during our mild spells you may have noticed clumps of rich green, glossy leaves appearing as low carpets in your lawn or flower beds. You may be witnessing lesser celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly …

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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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Black Earth- Gardening with Biochar

I recently co-taught a class on soils with Mary Lu Lageman of Grailville as part of our permaculture class series at the Civic Garden Center. One of the topics I was excited to share about was biochar, a newly emerging and also …

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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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