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The Parklet Craze

Image by San Francisco Planning Department. This year’s international Park(ing) Day falls on September 19, a mere two weeks from now. On that day, individuals, groups, and businesses in cities around the ...

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#TBT: Yardening is not a word

This April 2007 post from me got some interesting comments, including a very nice response from Jeff Ball, who (we think)  invented the phrase. By the way, I entered “yardening” into a ...

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Trees by the numbers

This sign was attached to a tree near my house. Did you hear or read the Arbor Day reports on the financial benefits of trees? On American Public Media’s Marketplace,  they used ...

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The Compostable Cup Trials

Some years back, I ran across some compostable water bottles at a Starbucks in Seattle and, because of the skepticism deeply embedded in  ProfessorRoush’s academic soul, I thought it would be a ...

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Am I Eating the Right End?

For a vegetable gardener, the definition of “exciting” A few years ago, I interviewed a gardener from Bangladesh who grew exotic gourds like fuzzy melon and snake melon in the Fenway community ...

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