Very late at night, not quite dawn, the insects shush and the first bird says hello. If your garden is particularly bird friendly, lots of sweet tweeting and chirping and song-of-the-morning bird music greets  you before the sun arrives. 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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When Civic Garden Center staff and volunteers think of the first weekend of May, our automatic first association is THE Plant Sale. It has been happening for over 60 years now and it is the big event for many Cincinnati …

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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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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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Landscaping with Fruit

When my husband and I purchased our first house, over seven years ago, we were eager to transform our small yard from patchy grass with a few scraggly shrubs, into a beautiful and edible oasis in the city. It is …

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It’s hard to avoid talking about the weather these days, especially as we have surpassed our average amount of rainfall for the month of April by about 8 inches!  It has been nearly impossible to work in the garden – …

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