Spring Sprouts of Joy!

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On this cloudy, but warmer day, I’m joyful and excited about…

A re-designed worm-composting system

This winter we adopted worms from friends and began our vermicomposting adventure. Our garage is heated, providing a great home for our new friends and it has been SO NICE to continue composting throughout the winter. Typically we had to walk through snow to get to the back of our yard, and because the cold temperatures prevent the compost from “cooking” we didn’t have active production for about 5 months of the year. We can’t wait to spread the compost we’ve generated during the winter on our garden in the coming weeks!

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A few books that you might like to explore:

For Everyone -

Pee Wee and the Magical Compost Heap and Pee Wee's Great Adventure by Larraine Roulston

Compost By Gosh! Introduces vermicomposting: worm composting by Michelle Eva Portman

For the Adults-

Laverme’s Handbook of Indoor Worm-Composting by Laverme De la Terre with Ellen Sandbeck



A new shelving unit for our grow lights and HAPPY little sprouts

Since moving to Duluth, 7 years ago, until yesterday, we had not unpacked our grow lights. Instead we would shuffle the seedlings back and forth between rooms throughout the day for the best light. When the afternoon light was best in our side sun room, I’d have to shuffle all the plants from the back room. This year, I am ELATED to have a new shelving system in our garage and plants that are joyful too!

A few books that we like to pull off the shelf this time of year:

For Everyone -

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, we’ll never tire of this classic

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy

The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

For the Adults-

Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell

Grow Up, Not Out for more Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter



Two Community Gardening Initatives

The Hillside Orchard

This weekend I learned about The Hillside Orchard initiative. An urban orchard and garden plot located at 6th Street and 5th Avenue East in Duluth. The garden features an orchard, butterfly garden, blueberry, strawberry and black currant bushes, grapes, a salsa and salad garden and much more to come. Community members can pick local, fresh, organic produce for FREE!

You can read more about the efforts and how to get involved at:

http://www.duluthcommunitygarden.org/PDF/fall_2011.pdf

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillside-Public-Orchard/175407262508150?sk...

I also recommend checking out Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal it will inspire you!


Tomato Man Project

An initiative through Duluth Public Schools, the City of Duluth, the Duluth Community Garden Program, Duluth Garden Flower Society and the University of Minnesota Duluth, will continue efforts started by Ray Picconatto (Tomato Man). Tomato plants will be grown and provided every student at participating schools. I’m excited to help bring this opportunity to Congdon Park Elementary and sprouting a few more beans!

And as I wrap up this post… the sun is trying to poke though… one more thing to be joyful about!

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