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Your urban garden: Mason bees, rain barrels, succulents, jams & more

Posted in News on January 23, 2020 at 6:00 am

With spring right around the corner, many gardeners have begun dreaming of their perfect garden for beautiful spring and summer colors and a bountiful harvest. If this sounds like you or if you’re interested in starting your own garden (going vertical, anyone?), we have workshops about gardening, water conservation, and food preservation. Our see […]

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Take and Give: Seed Library

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on January 22, 2020 at 6:00 am

Updated on January 22, 2020 Bring your green thumb (and your saved seeds) to any of our five seed library locations! The idea is simple: you borrow from a selection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at any time during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to […]

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Saving seeds from the garden: Lovage, snap peas, and coriander

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 3, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Ah, summer. Here you are again, bringing all that sunshine and heat and gardening goodness with you. For most of us gardeners, our seasonal plants have not only been selected by now, but they’re planted and fairly well established in our gardens. Many perennials are blooming, or nearly so. The time has […]

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The art of saving seeds

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 31, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole In a remote vault located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, nearly one million seed varieties are stored. The purpose of this immense storage facility is to ensure the genetic future of these seed varieties, should any of the gene banks located around the world suffer catastrophic disaster. One hundred […]

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Building and planting next year’s garden

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

By David Wyatt Earlier this summer when it was still scorching, I fenced off a portion of our yard to keep our new raised-bed garden out of reach of our two mutts. The dogs were not pleased to have lost some of their lawn. Too exhausted from the heat to do any more, I took […]

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