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Gardening

By Jennifer Crouch Beneficial pollinators are one of the secrets to a healthy organic garden, and the most well-known of these gardener’s friends is the honeybee. But did you know that these charming little pollinators aren’t native to North America? Honeybees first arrived with European immigrants in the 1600s,...
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Flowers are a valuable addition to any edible or ornamental garden. They add beautiful color and fragrance, act as trap crops, discourage pests, and attract pollinators and predatory insects. Flowers can also provide you with an extended season of breathtaking blossoms that can save you money on decorative bouquets...
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Some people think garlic wards off vampires, colds or evil. Embrace the season by planting garlic! Prep: Garlic prefers rich, well-drained soil. Dig-in compost before planting. Plant: Break apart the bulb and try to keep the skin of each clove intact. Plant cloves 2” deep, with the pointy end...
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Sleep is good for us. It helps repair our minds and bodies, bolsters our immune system so we can ward off illnesses and provides us with the strength to take on the challenges of our daily cycle of waking, eating, working and sleeping. Our gardens work along a similar...
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By Amy Ockerlander Harvesting seed from your own garden is the ultimate act of self-sufficient organic gardening. Saving seed protects our food heritage, supports a resilient local food system and signals the end of the growing season. You might think seed saving is complex or only for those with...
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Plan Now for Fresh Garden Veggies in Fall & Winter Put fresh vegetables on your holiday dinner table this year by getting your winter vegetables started now. It may seem counterintuitive, but you need to think two seasons ahead to keep growing in your garden year round.What can you...
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By Carey Thornton, Adult Education Coordinator Whether you’re growing seedlings indoors or planning to pick-up your summer veggie starts at our May Edible Plant Sale, make sure you harden them off before planting outdoors – it could be the key to your success! Hardening-off is the process of slowly...
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by Kirsten DeLara, Master Composter/Soil Builder Wanna grow tomatoes? While we all dream of yummy home grown tomatoes, local gardeners are often challenged by our cool spring temperatures. The secret ingredients are heat and healthy soil. Here are some tried and true techniques to create your own tropical tomato...
Kids & Families

Juicy Landscape Blueberry hedges, Marion berry fences and grapevine arbors are edible landscaping at its most decadent. Berries are great additions to your landscape, providing unexpected beauty. Raspberry foliage is a beautiful addition to bouquets while blueberries and grapes provide brilliant splashes of fall color. Blueberries and raspberries are...