Topic: Garden

The Education of Farmer Pete

A visit with Sandhill Farms’ Pete Rasmussen. Sandhill Farms is well-known among Salt Lake-area food lovers and growers. It is the source of over 30 varieties of hardy heirloom culi …

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Garden boss in Antigua

Catalyst communist and WCG Green Team Farm Director James Loomis will be traveling to the Caribbean this month as part of a US State Department funded farmer exchange program. Last …

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Creating beneficial insect habitat

Lacewings, lady bugs and manits, oh my! Now, this is not another article about bees, or any other pollinators for that matter. Bees get entirely too much press when it comes to ins …

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Pledge to be pesticide free this Spring!

Want to learn how to forgo chemicals on the lawn and in the garden? SLC Green, our city’s Department of Sustainability, is posting weekly pointers. Pesticides are any herbicide, fu …

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Pull-Out Garden Guide 2017

This planting guide reflects some of the changes occurring in the modern garden. With the rise of raised beds, intensive planting, vertical gardening and no-till methods, planting …

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Garden Like a Boss: Cover Crops

Get a jump on spring. Within days of last month’s thaw, I was in the garden. Overwintered spinach and kale have repeatedly filled my plate and my belly. Some of the sweetest carrot …

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Love Your Lungs: Grow Your Own Air Cleaners

NASA studies in  the 1980s proved what your great-granny always knew: Houseplants are a good thing. All plants absorb carbon dioxide (what you exhale) and release oxygen (what you …

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Grow Your own Carbon Credits!

Everything you need to know to get started in DIY carbon sequestration. It’s impossible to be a self-aware human being in this day and age and not acknowledge the effect we as huma …

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Garden Like a Boss: At home on the farm

Wasatch Community Gardens’ downtown Green Team Farm is a job and an education for seven women facing homelessness, led by our man Loomis. Nestled in the heart of the homeless ghett …

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Ask Umbra: What should you do with your food scraps?

Q. Dear Umbra, When disposing of food waste, what’s better: putting it down the garbage disposal, or disposing of it in the solid waste stream? I know my water treatment plant inci …

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Ask Umbra: Hot tips for getting your compost pile cooking

Q. Dear Umbra, I’m tired of my compost not cooking. Can I just bury it around my plants and pull the stray volunteer seedling that emerges? Kristina Cleveland, Ohio This story orig …

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Compost Like a Boss

Getting the best carbon/nitrogen ratio is an autumn project. I love composting. Growing, harvesting and eating the bounty of my garden is honestly a secondary benefit of my primary …

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The Urban Almanac: October 2016

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. OCT 1 If you’re still in the mood, there’s plenty to plant now, like shrubs, trees, roses, spring bulb …

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The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world Day by day in the home, garden & sky. SEPT 1 NEW MOON. Neptune reaches its closest approach to Eart …

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Ditch the Leaf Blowing!

A beautiful fall morning dawns in the great city of Salt Lake. You are enjoying a brisk walk. The sky is crisp azure blue and the birds are singing. The streets are still empty and …

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