gardening

Restorative Justice
4:39 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Missouri's Prison Garden Program Donates Record Haul Of Fresh Produce To The Needy

Offenders harvest fresh fruits and vegetables at gardens located at Missouri Department of Corrections' institutions to donate to the needy.
Credit Missouri Department of Corrections

A record donation of produce to more than 80 food pantries and other sites around the state is coming from an unlikely source: the Missouri Department of Corrections.

For the third year in a row, prisoners in the Department's Restorative Justice Garden Program have harvested and donated a record haul of fresh fruits and vegetables to pantries, churches, nursing homes and school districts throughout Missouri.  This year, the offender-grown produce weighed in at 178 tons, topping last year's donation of 163 tons.

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Obituary
7:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Cindy Gilberg: Horticulturalist Helped Change The Way St. Louisans Plant Gardens

Cindy Gilberg, working on a rain garden she designed
Credit Deer Creek Watershed Alliance

Cindy Gilberg’s natural habitat was a garden. Preferably, one filled with native perennials.

Growing up in St. Louis, she spent much of her time exploring Shaw Nature Reserve. The love of the place, she wrote, brought her back as an adult and horticulturist “to work and share with others the possibilities of native landscaping and the joy of natural areas.”

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture, Ms. Gilberg fine-tuned her skills as the co-owner with her husband, Doug, of a Wildwood nursery for nearly three decades.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Going Green At Home With Native Plants: Tips To Build Native Habitats Into Your Landscaping

Purple coneflowers are native to Missouri.
Credit Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden annual Green Homes Festival is this Saturday at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. One of the focuses of this year’s festival is gardening with native plants, or “naturescaping.”

Using native plants is environmentally friendly because it works within the existing ecosystem, explained Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager at the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

What Does The Harsh Winter Mean For Spring Gardening? Tips From Horticulturists

Several listeners had questions about their azaleas, which aren't doing too well after the cold winter.
via Flickr/Louise Docker

After an especially harsh winter, spring has returned to St. Louis. Gardeners across the region are planting and planning for the growing season.

But the plants are still feeling the effects of the unusual cold, said Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturists June Hutson and Elizabeth Spiegel.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:59 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Spring Gardening Help From The Missouri Botanical Garden

Crocuses
Missouri Botanical Garden

Now that it appears that Spring has arrived in the St. Louis region, the thoughts of many residents are turning to gardening.  Efforts thus far have been frustrating for many because of the varying temperatures and large amount of rain.  Many have delayed their Spring planting, and those who haven’t may find that the few warm days caused vegetables to flower prematurely and that the cold temperatures at night have harmed them.

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10:02 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Paying for beauty in a drought

It may have been pushed out of the headlines this week, but the worst drought in 50 years is still spreading across the U.S. At least moderate levels of drought have now enveloped more than 64 percent of the country. That's bad news for farmers -- and for gardeners! Americans spent $29 billion on their gardens last year, according to the National Gardening Association. And the drought is forcing many people to make some hard and expensive horticultural choices. Our Adam Allington reports for Marketplace.
It's not easy to maintain a beautiful lawn...especially when there's no water.
Weekend Gardener
6:41 pm
Sat April 30, 2011

The Weekend Gardener: Integrated Pest Management

Small Farm Specialist Miranda Duschack

Each month Gateway Greening community gardeners gather at the Schlafly Tap Room for Pints 'n' Plants, where guest speakers share their gardening expertise. The latest was from Small Farm Specialist Miranda Duschack, of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, who shared her knowledge about Integrated Pest Management.

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Weekend Gardener
7:00 pm
Sun March 20, 2011

Vegetable gardening on the air, in the news, and at a nursery near you

Onion slips for sale at a local nursery
Photo credit: Madalyn Painter St. Louis Public Radio

March is the time to plant cold-season crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and onions. You'll find onion "slips"--immature onion bulbs--available at your local nursery now, along with some basic brassicas to start for summer harvest. Next year try starting from seed to select more unusual varieties. Venture out into what may be new territory by trying broccoli rab, kohlrabi, and bok choy.

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Weekend Gardener
1:19 pm
Sat March 5, 2011

Seed Starting: Finding Unique Varietals and Using a Soil Blocker

These pearlescent, multi-colored corn kernels were blessed by a Hopi elder and a given to me by a friend. The ability to grow unusual varieties of vegetables is just one of the many benefits of growing your own from seed.
Photo credit Madalyn Painter, credit for growing this gorgeous ear of corn goes to Anna Sandidge.

To complement our weekend programming, in this new bi-weekly column I'll write about the trials and tribulations of my own gardening and that of others, including community gardeners as they work to establish a new space to grow. I hope you get inspired to dig in the dirt yourself.  With temperatures on the rise, now is the time to start seeds indoors and get ready to experience the superior flavor of vegetables you can grow at home in your own back yard. Here's one way to get started.

Seed Selection

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