Category Archives: Gardening

Garden Water Conservation

Your garden needs water to thrive, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be a responsible water user. Here are some great tips from the National Gardening Association: If you would like to see your project or advice featured in an LAB Wordless Wednesday post, please send photos and videos to Web Editor Ann Norman at ann@northstarpubs.com.

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Managing Perennial Pepperweed

Delicate wetland ecosystems that offer important wildlife habitats are threatened from multiple sources. One is the rapid expansion of non-native, invasive plants that choke out natural species and alter the wetlands. Perennial pepperweed poses such a threat to seasonal wetlands in California and other Western states. A study in the current issue of the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management examines characteristics of encroaching pepperweed. Two sites in the San Francisco Bay Area bioregion were studied to develop more effective … Continue reading

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Think Green — Vertically

When we think of gardens, our minds tend to sprawl out across a back yard. But try looking up and down: Vertical gardens and green walls are a visually compelling new trend, perfect for inside the home or in a cramped outdoor area. They give a fresh perspective to green space. Here are some great ideas from the folks at Urban Gardens: http://bit.ly/GHSHH8

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Look Sharp: Prepare Tools For Spring

Spring really is just around the corner. Now is the time to make sure your landscaping and gardening tools are ready to dig in to the challenge. Clean, sharp tools make the work a lot easier, so head into your garden shed and take some time to inspect and maintain them. Here are some helpful tips from Northern California’s Times-Standard: http://bit.ly/xOzdv8.

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Indoor Farming Webinar

LumiGrow Inc., provider of horticultural lighting, will offer an indoor farming webinar March 1. The free 30-minute webinar, Profitable Indoor Farming, will begin at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST. It is part of LumiGrow’s GreenAg educational series, which is designed to promote adoption of indoor and greenhouse farming practices that are both environmentally and financially sustainable. Moderated by Inside Grower Editor-in-Chief Chris Beytes, the live webinar will feature the case study of Green Winter Farms of Palmer, Alaska. Green Winter … Continue reading

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