Combating Nature-Deficit Disorder in the Garden

According to author Richard Louv, the greatest increase in childhood obesity in our history has occurred in the same two decades that the greatest increase in organized sports for children in our history. “Pediatricians are now saying that this generation of children may be the first to have a lower life expectancy than their parents and its because of this sedentary lifestyle.”

Natural Pest Control in your Edible Schoolyard Garden

Chemicals are toxic and abound everywhere. People apply pesticides and herbicides often without thinking about the consequences. The purpose of your organic edible schoolyard garden is to connect students with both nature and their food supply. It is also a place for thoughtful contemplation for the students. Commit to using natural means to control pests.

Most insects in your garden are beneficial, so you want to isolate the unwanted… Continue reading

Edible School Garden Grants and Donations

Our Fence Looking for some extra money to finance your schoolyard garden project? Try to unearth a grant to pay for your expenses.

Begin your search at KidsGardening.org or the National Gardening Association. Both maintain a database of current grants available for schoolyard garden projects.

There is also your local farm bureau. A… Continue reading

Companion Planting-With A Little Help From Our Friends

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Many plants have synergistic relationships. Our ancestors saw this and practiced companion planting. Native Americans engaged in this practice by organizing the crops of maize, squash and beans close together and called them the Three Sisters .

Some plants exude chemicals from their roots or aerial… Continue reading

Vegetable Planting Guide by Month for South Florida Gardeners

Gardens can be planted year-round in Florida, but fall is the preferred seed-planting season. Below is a planting guide published by the University of Florida/IFAS with

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recommendations for vegetable planting by month.

Many factors influence the productivity of a garden -including; soil quality, water, drainage, amount of available sunlight, nutrients and… Continue reading | 20 Comments

James Hansen on Cap-and-Trade, Tipping Points and Where We Go From Here

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In a recent interview, post- the COP15 Conference, the nation’s top climate scientist and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for

15-Year-Old Maldives Climate Ambassador Asks World Leaders to Take on Climate Change

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP15, opened Monday in Copenhagen, Denmark. One country on the front lines of climate change is the Maldives, a low-lying island nation in the Indian Ocean with 80% of its land lying three feet or less above sea level.

The Maldives President… Continue reading

Climate, Overshoot & Alternatives to the Mall

As an alternative to being part of the herd at the mall this Black Friday, some celebrated Buy Nothing Day.

As I explored in my previous post, our insatiable demand for natural resources now exceeds our planet’s ability to meet it. September 25th symbolically marked Earth Overshoot Day, the day humanity began living beyond its ecological budget… Continue reading

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