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  • Green Idea 1 : ' Find your nearest Farmer's Market and go there this weekend with friends...
  • Green Idea 2 : ' Swap your old incandescent bulbs for CFLs when they burn out and start saving $$$
  • Green Idea 3 : ' Try using your bike this weekend instead of your car...
  • Green Idea 4 : ' This Spring why not plant a small kitchen garden of tomatoes and peppers on your balcony or patio?
  • Green Idea 5 : ' What are you waiting for? Make the change today!

    The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.


    You can grow your own food whether you live on a rural farm or in a tiny urban apartment. Urban gardening is all about using space wisely to regain a closer connection with your food and beautify your home or neighborhood.


    Explore energy resources, such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal, ocean thermal, and wave power, that replenish themselves within a short period.


    Locating the Farmers' Market nearest to you is now only a few clicks away. Localharvest.org is a useful and straight-forward site designed to faciliate your quest.


Fall Planting Guide: USDA Hardiness Zones By Zipcode

Posted by vergelimbo On 11:45 PM 2 comments

The first week of September was a week of falling rain and falling temperatures here in Winston-Salem. Much of my summer crop was still producing, but I made room for interplanting some fall vegetables, such as kohlrabi and brocolli. Other fall veggies that grow well in my garden are Dinosaur Kale, collard greens, swiss chard and fall squash. In the photo you can see the long row of kohlrabi, and the widely spaced brocolli. The rain was welcome, and within a few days the seedlings had almost tripled in size!

A Day Before The Attack...

I took the photo above on a Friday evening... I noticed that something had eaten one of my brocolli plants. Humn. "Might be time to build a small fence", I thought. I had recently expanded my Urban Garden Project to the creekside area of the lot, which is unfenced on one side. So, the next day, I bought some black nylon mesh and cut down some 1-inch bamboo and was preparing to erect the fence when I saw that ALL my broccoli and kohlrabi had been devoured - in one day! 24 kohlrabi and 12 broccoli-devoured overnight by ravenous (gluttonous?) critters.

Does it say "All You Can Eat"?

While I was worrying whether it was too late to plant my brocolli, somewhere, perhaps in a groundhog burrow, someone was thinking "Man, am I hungry!" Now, I'm okay with "sharing" my garden's bounty with the local fauna, but the "All You Can Eat" attitude of my interloper was unexpected. I returned to Myers Nursery the following day to buy replacements but as luck would have it they had sold out. So, I'm learning to live with the loss... [cue violin music]

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:
Depending on where you garden, different plants can be planted at different times of the year. Knowing how late or how early you can safely plant your seeds or seedlings is crucial to the productive success of your garden. After carefully choosing and perhaps even growing your seedlings from specific seeds indoors, nothing can be more heartbreaking than an unexpected frost or hungry critter.

Click on the map image and you will be redirected to a page where you can input your zip code to get your precise "hardiness zone" and better determine what you can plant and when. And remember to build that fence if you have hungry rabbits, deer or groundhogs in the neighborhood.

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