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Our lawns are also an opportunity for health as well as beauty. And when we wanted to write about chemical-free lawn care for the Summer 2014 edition of the Dirt, our member newsletter, we knew Sustenance Design‘s Lindsey Mann would be able to give us the scoop. She and her team create ecologically supportive landscapes, […]

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by Paula Maia Fernandes A garden is capable of growing much more than beautiful plants, it can also grow a community. Lola Blum has on her name what she is all about – to help blooming community’s core values such as healthy living skills, community development, environmental education, and artistic expression through growing a garden. Blum is the Co-Founder […]

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Community gardens not only increase people’s consumption of fresh produce, but they also improve overall physical and mental health of kids and adults alike by getting them outdoors, interacting with other people in their communities, and giving them the chance to later cook the foods they’ve personally grown and nurtured. Fred Conrad is the community garden coordinator […]

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With the population of the monarch butterfly at risk, conservationists are working to restore the habitats of these important pollinators, and the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta is putting an important call out to Georgians to collect native milkweed seed. Milkweed and other nectar plants are important for habitat creation for pollinators, such as the monarch. […]

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The middle school in my neighborhood has a great school garden, with fruit trees, berry bushes, and raised beds growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil. LOTS of basil. Do you have a lot of basil in your school garden? Wondering what to do with it all? Throw a Back to School Pesto Party! Kids can […]

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We can tell you what’s bugging us this summer—the 28-spotted ladybug! (Or ladybird, depending on whether you’re British or not.) Ladybugs are usually beneficial insects in a growing environment because they eat aphids like it’s their job, but the 28-spotted variety would rather devour potatoes and other solanaceous crops like tomatoes and peppers, Cucurbitaceae crops like cucumbers and squash, and Fabaceae crops […]

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The talented team at Anthony-Masterson Productions have a couple new videos in our Field Trip! series, and both feature the fine folks at Jenny Jack Sun Farm in Pine Mountain. Here, Jenny Jackson talks about the best ways to grow and plant sweet potato slips. Her method allows you to save seeds by using the […]

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One option for fertilizing your garden organically is to use fish emulsion. However, buying it at the store can run you $20-$25 a gallon. Here’s a way to make it yourself, care of Chris Edwards, farm manager at Fresh Roots Farm in Atlanta. You will need: A bucket WITH A LID—any size Brown material, such […]

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