Sustainable Landscape Design

Compost tea please!

Compost tea please!

Did you know that in a single tablespoon of soil there are more soil organisms than there are humans on this planet? Or that there are 5,000 different types of bacteria in a single gram of soil? Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the...

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Leave the Leaves!

Leave the Leaves!

Leaf fall is one of nature’s most efficient recycling mechanisms. By leaving your leaves in your garden, the nutrients that went into creating those leaves during the spring and summer are returned to your soil during fall and winter. This...

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Rambunctious Garden

‘We’ve been changing the landscapes we inhabit for millennia, and, these days, our reach is truly global. Inhale. That breath has 36 more molecules of carbon dioxide than it did in 1750.’ -p.2 Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris...

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Second Guesses…

Generally, a pergola goes over a patio, and there is a confidence that comes when you design within general rules. This one is designed to link patio to lower level woodlands with a mulched seating area beneath. I left the job site after the...

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Seed Shopping

Malabar Spinach: Thrives in summer heat, beautiful on a fence or trellis. Visualizing it in the garden on this cold wet Saturday. Southern Exposure Seed Catalogue is sold out, but Johnny’s Selected Seeds has ’em.

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Playground to Farm

  The strip beside our alley driveway is bounded by an old chain link fence that has been mangled  by the trunks of  mulberry trees (thankfully now dead).  By mid-June, it  gets overrun by mile a minute vine, wild roses, poison ivy and about...

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