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The Life of Soil

The Life of Soil

Let’s start by making one thing crystal clear: soil is not the same as dirt. Dirt is dusty and dirty. Soil is clean, fragrant, nurturing, and essential to life as we know it. You’ll never catch a gardener refer to soil as dirt.

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Tags: Compost, Garden, Soil
Meet the New Saturday Market and Lane County Farmers Market Vendors

Meet the New Saturday Market and Lane County Farmers Market Vendors

Of the many joyful rituals that greet the return of Spring in Eugene, the opening of the Lane Farmer’s Market, and the Saturday crafts market, is perhaps the most delicious and festive.

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Tags: Community, Farmers, Lane County, Seasonal
4 (More) Garden Styles to Inspire Your 2017 Garden

4 (More) Garden Styles to Inspire Your 2017 Garden

You may be stuck inside with no immediate gardening tasks to do, but you can start dreaming up a plan for your 2017 garden! We'll help you out with 4 more unique garden styles you can try. Check out part...

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Tags: Garden, Inspiration
Garden Styles to Inspire Your 2017 Garden

Garden Styles to Inspire Your 2017 Garden

You may be feeling a bit lost in the winter months without a garden to play in. But with the winter rain comes time cuddled up indoors planning your 2017 garden. We'll help you get inspired with our list of...

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Tags: Garden, Inspiration
A History of Thanksgiving Plants

A History of Thanksgiving Plants

Ever wondered how we ended up eating certain plants on Thanksgiving? Here’s a look into the origins of 4 fruits and vegetables that commonly show up at the Thanksgiving meal. Potatoes While turkey is undoubtedly the star of Thanksgiving dinner,...

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Tags: Native Plants, Seasonal
Planting A Green Fence

Planting A Green Fence

What, exactly, is a green fence? In England, country roads are lined with tightly woven hedgerows. In NYC, containerized tapestry hedges establish the boundaries between rooftop gardens. Both of these are green fences, created with living plants. Yes, a green...

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Tags: Garden, Landscape, Trees
Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants

Remember the day you first saw a deer through your kitchen window? Thoughts of beauty and peaceful country living probably echoed through your head, re-affirming your decision to dwell out of the city center. Compare that to the last time...

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Tags: Education, Garden, Native Plants
An Ode to the Gardening Dad

An Ode to the Gardening Dad

It’s that time of year again - the greeting card aisles are filled with cards ranging from mallards flying over a picturesque lake to failed DIY attempts. Stores everywhere have eye catching displays in the entry, filled with manly colored...

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Tags: Garden, Inspiration
Gardening: Start Them Young

Gardening: Start Them Young

Early morning, the first day after school let out for the summer, I would be wide awake before 7am, my body still in school schedule mode. I would tiptoe out to the kitchen to find a note from my dad,...

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Tags: Education, Garden
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