Can you feel it? The days are getting longer! The plants can feel it, too.  And that means it’s time to PLANT!!! Well, it’s almost time to plant.  But let’s get ready anyway.  Here are all the wonderful things you …

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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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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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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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The Weeds Will Always Be With Us

It’s been a rough week in the neighborhood – not because anything particularly bad happened, but because I was in neighborhoods more than schools this past week and reminded of how tough life is. Our neighborhood gardens are built strongly …

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Good Bug – Bad Bug

“It’s a POLY!!!” a two-year old screamed as we dug in the compost pile.  He giggled and twitched as the roly-poly – or sow bug – climbed up and down his hand.  The sow bug eventually rolled off his hand …

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The Neighborhood Gardens team’s builds gardens on a shoestring budget.  We have a nose for finding the free leaf mulch, newspapers for weed suppression, donated rain barrels, pots, plants and even services like the man who wanted to practice whacking …

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