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"Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul." -The Koran

A subversive plot: how to grow a revolution in your own backyard

Buy smaller bushes and tress which are less expensive to buy and easier and cheaper to plant. Mail order garden catalogs like www.bluestoneperennials.com and www.classygroundcovers.com specialize in selling tiny perennial plants for fewer dollars.

Dig out older perennial plants and divide them to make more plants. Then you can trade to get new plants. Try your neighbors and local gardening clubs or visit online gardening swap sites like www.davesgarden.com and www.gardenweb.com.

Your city or county may well give away shrubs and trees to keep overstock from dying and to keep the neighborhood green. Some municipalities also distribute free mulch. You can also check local horse stables for free manure.

Use backyard insects to control pests. Go to www.garden.org and click on the pest control library for more information.

Save money and create a beautiful lawn your neighbors will envy without toxic chemicals or pesticides by going to www.safelawns.org


The Paul Parent Garden Club site (www.paulparent.com) provides valuable information and seasonal tips for gardeners in all regions of the country. Paul’s topics include horticulture, perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers, herbs, vegetables, cooking and gardening supplies. You can also reach Paul’s Garden Club on Sunday mornings (check his website for more information-just click Listen). Paul Parent has been on the radio providing gardening advice to listeners in New England for over 17 years. Tune in and find out what you have been missing.


You can get free expert advice for your garden by contacting your county’s agricultural extension office by logging on to www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/index.html and looking for their phone number. You will find horticultural experts that can help you pick the plants best suited to your area, the best time to plant them and how to take care of them. You can also go to www.helpfulgardener.com/phpBB2 for answers whenever you need help with planting and pruning.


Grow plants that are native to your area and require a fraction of the care than non native because they are suited to the climate and soils in your garden are less expensive to buy and require half the water. Log on to www.enature.com/native_invasive to find out for free.


Growing Power - A Model for Urban Agriculture

Attend these workshops hosted by Growing Power and be your own urban farmer: http://www.growingpower.org/workshops/
Once each month, February through June, Growing Power hosts weekend “From the Ground Up” workshops. These workshops, attended by people from all over the world, provide hands-on training in all aspects of developing and maintaining a sustainable community food system. Participants can take part in several breakout sessions that cover topics such as: hoop house construction, mushroom cultivation, aquaponics, sprout production, vermi-composting, beekeeping, and community project planning. 

Time To Grow: Urban Gardening