CATALYST

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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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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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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