Seeds are magical little things – pieces of dried out “wood” that, when watered, suddenly come alive to make tall redwoods, bright red poppies, even delicious tomatoes and eggplant. Starting from seed allows gardeners to try varieties of plants seldom seen in the nursery – especially herbs and vegetables. This presentation covers everything a hoping-for-green-thumb…

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Planting, growing, and harvesting are fundamental to Judaism. Agriculture ties Jews to the seasons and to the land, through holidays and life cycle events. In this presentation, you’ll learn about connections between Judaism and fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, trees, shrubs, and more. Nan will talk about traditions and practices that easily translate to home gardens.…

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New garden trends still originate in old England! Even in that historic region, resources are becoming more precious. Private gardens and public gardens like Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, RSH Wisley, and Hidcote are among those refocusing on stewardship, far beyond sustainability. They integrate wildflowers and grasses into formal gardens as an acknowledgment that attracting beneficials is…

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Sustainability is a path, rather than an endpoint. And, if it follows the pattern of other cultural shifts, sustainability starts at home. From there, it spreads to workplaces, businesses, and our communities at large. So, how do we make our homes – our home landscapes in particular — more sustainable? This presentation inspires participants with…

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Starting new plants from cuttings is truly amazing. Lop off a branch, stick it into some potting soil and soon it’s an entire plant! And truthfully, it is almost that easy after participants know some of the tricks that propagators use. Once they see and understand the process, they can propagate almost anything, from the…

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Grow more per square foot, with less water, less back stress, fewer pest problems and an extended growing season, even in the worst soil in the world! How? By growing vegetables in a raised bed. Nan presents different examples of raised beds, including a time-proven method for easy-on-the-back (and easy for small children) wooden raised…

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