Mesa Channel 11 - Kids at press conference

Children in Mesa, Ariz., gather for a press conference at a garden build today. Photo courtesy of Channel 11 News in Mesa.

Comment by Su Lok on April 2, 2014 at 4:09pm
Gardening is alive and well in Mesa! 1,000 students at Zaharis Elementary and the Mesa Urban Garden community proved it!

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Looking for a way to promote environmental stewardship this academic year? Create a rain garden this fall! While most school gardens are designed to be well-drained, often as a raised bed, a rain garden is planted in a depressed area to encourage water collection. This design enables rain gardens to trap stormwater and filter it before being released. Learn more about establishing a rain garden at your school: …

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Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 25, 2014 at 12:31pm 0 Comments

How do you thank your garden volunteers? Maintaining school and community gardens is a group effort and it's tough to ask for more from the same group of volunteers again and again. Show your appreciation and attract new volunteers by offering perks like extra plants and produce and providing alternative volunteer opportunities like taking photographs, updating webpages or posting on social media. For more tips see our article on valuing…

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We're often advised to plant red flowers to attract hummingbirds. But do you know why this color is so alluring to hummers? I was surprised to learn from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that it's not because of an inherent preference for red. Turns out that other nectar sippers like bees and butterflies have an easier time finding pale colored flowers. In nature, red flowers tend to have more nectar in them because they aren't visited as often by…

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Tips for maintaining container gardens

Posted by Julia Parker-Dickerson on July 18, 2014 at 8:59am 0 Comments

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Again this year I have volunteer sunflowers in a bed next to my driveway. You can stand right next to it and watch the bees working the flowers. The flowers attract not only several kinds of bees but…Continue

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