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International Compost Awareness Week Kicks off May 1st!

Winning poster design by Yessi Budisari of West Indonesia. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Composting Council.

Across the USA, events featuring food scrap diversion, organics recycling, and the use of compost as a solution to soil and water challenges worldwide will be the focus of celebration for International Compost Awareness Week, May 1-7, […]

Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country

By Courtney White (Chelsea Green Publishing, May 2014, 272 pages, Paperback $19.95)

Book Review by Jennifer Highland

When was the last time you saw a book about climate change that featured the word “hope”? That alone is good reason to read this book and share it with everyone you know. Author Courtney White is so […]

Gardening Freedom. Take Your Summer Back!

The founder of GardenMats, Peter Comart, proudly stands in his own weed-free garden that has produced a bountiful garden paradise. Courtesy photo

By N. R. Mallery

I love to garden, and grow about 80% of what I eat. But I am also a very busy person, and I find it very […]

Welcome This Early Spring

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

When the Earth becomes vibrant again with life in spring, we welcome the change, and many feel a surge of joy and gratitude. I know that spring is very early this year – the daffodils bloomed in Pittsford in March, the earliest date ever. This is no surprise as winters […]

Plant an Earth Day Tree with UNH Master Gardeners and The Littleton Food Co-op

LITTLETON, N.H.— Join the Littleton Food Co-op, the University of New Hampshire Master Gardeners and the Earth Day Network in celebrating the 46th anniversary of Earth Day on Sunday April 24 from 11 am – 1 pm at the Littleton Co-op in Littleton, NH. This year’s celebration is focused on an ambitious goal set forth […]

Spring Garden Day Highlights Sustainable Gardening on April 9, Milford, New York

Master Gardener Volunteer Event held in conjunction with OCCA’s Earth Festival

Are you ready to explore new gardening techniques this spring? On April 9, the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will present Spring Garden Day, with this year’s event focused on sustainable gardening techniques. It will be held in […]

Garden Product Reviews

Cate’s Pruning Shears

By N. R. Mallery

Two pruning shears came in from Cate’s Garden for review. They are both of the highest quality and are available together on Amazon Prime for $61.94

I LOVE these pruning shears!! Oh my goodness – they’re just the best I have ever held in my […]


Everyone Should Do It

Micro Basil Forest. Photo by Jake Egolf

By Dane O’Leary

A garden limited to a very small space and intensively cultivated is called a “micro-garden.” Urban dwellers have long been growing their own produce in such spaces. However, contemporary micro-gardening can be done in in any type […]

Two Garden Product Reviews

that Make Gardening Fun!

By N. R. Mallery

I love gardening, but when the weed’s get ahead of you, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It can seem like you are fighting a losing battle against the persistent weeds.

When you grow organically, chemical weed killers are not an option. So in our quest for a […]

Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week!

The Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) and Green Mountain Compost are joining the rest of the planet in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week, May 3-9, with a roster of fun, soil-boosting workshops and activities. Check out the list below and reserve your spot at CSWD’s Compost Awareness Week web page at