Winter Pruning Tips
It’s that time of year again - time to prune the fruit trees! Although the ideal moment to prune your deciduous trees will vary depending on your climate, and your preferred pruning methods will be different from those of your neighbors, as with most gardening tasks, there are some basic principles that are good for all of us to keep in mind when we prune. I like to prune fruit trees just as their buds begin to swell. This time of year, I walk through the orchard looking for
Fall Seed Saving Tips
Saving your own seeds is the most important gardening job you never thought of doing!
Food For Thought
Here are a few of the questions that have surfaced through our work in creating and sustaining edible gardens in diverse communities over the last decade. We hope they inspire and challenge you, your family and community to create your own garden and your own process of inquiry into the rhetorical question “Where does my food come from?” FOOD and FARMING Where and how is the food I eat produced? How is the food I eat transported, processed and packaged? How are the workers wh
Secrets to Summer Success in the School Garden
Summer presents numerous challenges in a school garden. Whenever we meet with school communities, the same question always arises, “What are we supposed to do in the summer time?” Fortunately, there are some simple solutions to common concerns about summer in the school garden. Common concerns about summer include: 1. There will be no staff, students or teachers on campus to take care of the garden. 2. Summer crops use more water than spring, fall and winter crops. Why use lo
Simple Rules for Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees and Vines
Effective approaches to pruning trees, vines and shrubs vary quite widely. There is by no means a “correct” way to prune. And yet, there are some principles of plant growth that help the person with the pruning shears, loppers or saw in hand decide which decisions to make based on acute observations of the tree or vine’s growth. Pruning is primarily an art of observation, secondarily, of cutting. To prune effectively is to observe what you see and imagine how the plant in que
Are School Gardens Built to Last?
It is promising to see the increasingly widespread public and private support of school gardens in the US. Acceptance of school gardens as relevant teaching tools for health and nutrition is on the rise – from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to the USDA Food and Nutrition Services program and an ever-growing network of corporate and private sponsors, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. However, is teaching about health and nutrition all that school gardens
Growing School Gardens
We're delighted to announce the release of our recent collaboration with the Center for Ecoliteracy on behalf of Annie's Homegrown, "Growing School Gardens: Annie's How-to Guide for Growing 5 Types of School Gardens." It is available as a free download, so please take advantage of this resource! #schoollunch #schoolgarden #edible #ediblelandscape #ediblegardening #learninggarden #foodsystems #sustainable #urbangardening #containergardening #verticalgardening #planting