School gardens are nothing new. The first recorded school garden program in Europe was in 1811 and the first of the American school gardens was in 1891. Victory gardens in the United States School Garden Army (USSGA) became popular during WWI. The goal was to incorporate an agriculture curriculum into public school education. At that time, the schools grew relief gardens during the Great Depression and they were used to raise the spirits of the local citizens and nourish the students and their families. During WWII, victory gardens were popular again. The green revolutions of the 1970s and … [Read more...] about Growing Up in the Garden
A few properly placed shrubs and trees can significantly cut winter winds – and home energy costs.Wind affects the temperature inside your home by pushing the air you’re paying to heat out of cracks and openings in your home — a process called air infiltration. Sealing those cracks inside your house can help, but so can trees and shrubs outside the house.Dense evergreens planted on the north or northwest side of your home can help slow and deflect these winds. An understory of densely-branched shrubs can help to fill any gaps. The U.S. Department of Energy says that just three properly … [Read more...] about Fight March Winds with Windbreaks
Many people enjoy looking at plants and flowers and find it relaxing to dig in the dirt. But research and a growing number of horticulture therapy programs are showing that gardening holds serious healing power. Trained and certified therapists, including members of the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), help clients treat physical and psychological conditions including PTSD, addiction, and dementia through gardening. According to the AHTA website, “Horticultural therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. In … [Read more...] about The Therapeutic Power of Plants
February is National Bird Feeding month, created to encourage people to provide food, water, and shelter to wild birds. Participating in National Bird Feeding month can help bird populations survive winter and provide you some entertainment in your yard!How can you celebrate National Bird Feeding month?Everyone has a favorite bird. Is it the beautiful red cardinal that stops by your feeder every morning, or the chickadee, with its distinctive "chick-a-dee-dee-dee” call? There are so many birds to see - learn a new species this month and figure out how to attract them to your yard. The Cornell … [Read more...] about Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month
During the Victorian era, people conveyed their feelings on Valentine’s Day through the different meanings of flowers. Nothing conveys warm feelings like cut flowers, especially roses. However, their beauty doesn’t last forever. For a lasting gift consider giving the gift of a plant!A quick look at the meanings of other flowers will introduce many more associated with love. The choice of a Valentine's gift that expresses your feelings is up to you!Winter honeysuckle symbolizes devotion — what could be a better Valentine's Day gift?The camellia, with the meaning, “I am longing for you,” is a … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day is upon us, and love is in the air!
The seed swap is a fundamental part of human history. Seeds were one of the first commodities valued and traded. Today, modern gardeners collect and exchange seeds for many reasons ranging from cultivating rare, heirloom varieties to basic thrift. The exchange of seeds perpetuates biodiversity. It is an act of giving and the ultimate form of recycling. Seed swaps in cities across the nation join in celebrating National Seed Swap Day each year on or around the last Saturday in January. This year’s Seed Swap Day, January 30, 2021, will include a live online session on seed saving safely … [Read more...] about Celebrate National Seed Swap Day