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6 days ago

Gardening Calendar

Check out the many garden and nature-related events going on in the area this month.(Photo: Colleen Kottke)

Nowto Jan. 1

Not a Creature was Stirring-Holiday Floral Show, daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee. Show will feature a natural woodland setting with a forest of decorated trees filled with miniature rustic houses, burrows and dens showing how our smallest woodland creatures celebrate the holidays.

Dec.3-31

Holiday Express, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily,Olbrich Botanical Gardens.Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. Admission $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and under are free. Admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory is included.olbrich.org, 608-246-4550.

Dec.3

Homemade Holiday Open House,Wehr Nature Center, Franklin. Ages 3-12 invited to create unique gifts from natural and reusable objects.friendsofwehr.org, 414-425-8550.

Dec. 10

Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?/Luminary Walk, 2 p.m. UW Fond du Lac/Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, Fond du Lac.American documentary exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise, and its effects on land ecosystems, the marine environment, and the human body. Luminary walk to follow starting at the Gottfried Shelter.gottfriedprairiearboretum.org.

Dec.26

Luminary Snowshoe Walk, 6 to 8 p.m.,Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau.Enjoy the beauty of winter as you walk along a candlelit path through the snow-covered gardens. Bonfire, hot chocolate and snacks, too. A limited number of snowshoes available during the event ($2 donation per pair), or bring your own. Watch facebook.com/MonkBotanicalGardensfor weather related cancellations.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Family Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Mitchell Park Domes.A traditional celebration for families, a night of entertainment, music, and food.For more information, visit milwaukeedomes.org/, 414-257-5611.

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2 months ago

Gardening: Profusion of greening urban spaces chronicled in new book - The Daily Progress



NEW YORK Across the country, urban landscapes known for concrete and glass have been embracing foliage and flowers. And not just the occasional geranium-filled flower box.

Greenery-lined waterfront promenades have replaced windblown stretches of highway, gem-like pocket parks featuring flower gardens and waterfalls have replaced empty lots and even blighted rail tracks have sprouted gardens brimming with native grasses and shrubs.

I noticed it all of a sudden one day while walking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said photographer Betsy Pinover Schiff of New York City. It was just a 25-

5 months ago

100 Ideas For Plumbing

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5 months ago

The joy of gardening - The Rolla Daily News

After a long hiatus from gardening, my wife and I put out a garden last year. Our soil is so poorthat is one reason I quit gardening for so longon our hardscrabble place that we built five raised beds with concrete blocks and poured in garden soil that we bought on sale in the spring. It was a little pricey to get started, but it was quicker and easier and likely cheaper than adding all the soil amendments necessary. The raised beds also provided good drainage.We had a successful vegetable garden last year, lots of tomatoes well into the fall. I took green tomatoes into the house right before Thanksgiving.We started early this spring with a garden of peas and greens, and it was highly successful, too, although I don't think I want to do all that again. The peas, well, yes, maybe again, but you take up a lot of room for kale, turnip greens, chard and the like, and when you cook that stuff down, there's not a whole lot left. I'd have to plant a five-acre plot to cook up enough greens to keep me happy. I think I'll just keep buying greens; I'm partial to that Old Glory brand.Now we've got the real stuff of gardens growing: tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe and watermelon. The potatoes and sweet potatoes we planted earlier are also growing. So far, everything looks great. I wish it would rain, for I'm tired of watering every day. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems make the most efficient use of water during dry times, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden, but I don't do that. I stand out there for an hour or so with a nozzle and hose.The Missouri Botanical Garden also recommends that by now I have should have started seedlings of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower to provide transplants for our fall garden.Here's what the Missouri Botanical Garden recommends for July:n Weeks 1-4: Blossom-end rot of tomato and peppers occurs when soil moisture is uneven. Water when soils begin to dry; maintain a 2-3 inch layer of mulch.* Weeks 1-4: Cover grape clusters loosely with paper sacks to provide some protection from marauding birds.* Week 1: To minimize insect damage to squash and cucumber plants, try covering them with lightweight floating row covers. Remove covers once plants flower.* Week 1: Prune out and destroy old fruiting canes of raspberries after harvest is complete.* Week 1: Blackberries are ripening now.* Weeks 2-3: Apply second spray to trunks of peach trees for peach borers.* Week 2: Dig potatoes when the tops die. Plant fall potatoes by the 15th.* Weeks 3-4: For the fall garden, sow seeds of collards, kale, sweet corn and summer squash as earlier crops are harvested.Page 2 of 2 - * Weeks 3-4: Set out broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower transplants for the fall garden.* Weeks 3-4: Early peach varieties ripen now.* Week 3: Sweet corn is ripe when the silks turn brown..* Week 3: Keep cukes well watered. Drought conditions will cause bitter fruit.* Week 3: Harvest onions and garlic when the tops turn brown.* Week 4: Sow seeds of carrots, beets, turnips, and winter radish for fall harvest.* Week 4: Thornless blackberries ripen now.Gardening is good exercise, and heaven knows I need that.My primary care provider says I need a lot of work.

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8 months ago

Volunteers needed for seniors' home repairs - Napa Valley Register

Rebuilding Calistoga is seeking volunteers to help with home repairs and yard work during Calistogas National Volunteer Week April 15-17.

Rebuilding Calistoga is part of the national Points of Light volunteer program and celebrates National Volunteer Week each year with a community-wide volunteer weekend by organizing the community to work on 15 to 20 homes in Calistoga, said Haley Sakai of Calistoga Affordable Housing.

Each home project requires four to five volunteers who would work four to six hours to complete the various work requests for which homeowners applied. Most of the projects involve work such as repairing or replacing rotted wood on decks and stairs, unclogging water pipes, replacing lights, painting, yard work, and general spring cleaning.

Steve Pride, CEO and co-owner of Pride Mountain Vineyards, shuts down his wine tasting room and winery operations twice a year to allow employees to spend a full day working on homes in Calistoga. Its his way of giving back to the community, he said.

Rebuilding Calistoga, part of Calistoga Affordable Housing (CAH), is a senior home repair program that recently received three nominations for Napa Volunteer Centers first annual Heart of Napa awards program.

CAH launched Rebuilding Calistoga in 2010 and has been recognized by Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and AARPs Create the Good national award for its work on behalf of Calistogas seniors.

Since its inception 700 volunteers have completed more than 400 work projects. The program has raised more than $180,000 to pay for materials for those projects and inspired volunteer work groups from Calistoga High School, 4-H clubs, Pacific Union College, Calistoga Rotary, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Opus One Winery, and Solage Calistoga employees, as well as numerous local families and individuals.

10 months ago

Backyard Gardening & Weather on this week's Sustainable Living - WMNF

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On Mondays (2/1/16) show we talked about home gardening and did a short piece about this years strawberry season and the weather related problems our local growers are dealing with.

Josh Young, an organic strawberry farmer and owner of Crop Protection Services in Plant City covered the strawberry topic.

Our home gardening guests were: Christina Bellamy, an organic gardener for over 55 years living in Clearwater; Jim Kovaleski, an amazing urban gardener in Florida and Maine; and Karen Elizabeth, the driving force behind all kinds of Eastern Hillsborough County organic gardening projects and the new location for Plant City Commons Community Garden. Christina and Jim both talked about climate issues and vegetables. You can find much more information about the show on the Facebook WMNF Sustainable Living Show page.

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1 year ago

Looking For Unique Yet Easy Home-Improvement Ideas?

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Consider installing solar panels on your roof if you have high electric bills each month. While they may be expensive and labor intensive in the short run, in the long term you'll cut down on your electric bill and contribute to helping the Earth through utilizing greener energy sources. There are also tax credits for those who install solar panels.

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2 years ago

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