The Soil We Grow In

by Bruce Fulford For most of my first two decades, I grew in rich farm soils in southeastern Pennsylvania. The gently sloping hills and flood plains were potassium rich-soils of weathered rock and clay that had for millennia incorporated organic matter from native vegetation, crop residues and farm animal manures. By the time my brother […]

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Feed the Soil; Feed the Plants

by Mike Murray We all have to eat. In a forest, leaves fall and enrich the undisturbed soil. Bacteria and fungi decompose the litter and provide nutrients to the trees. In a residential garden bed that has been turned over, dug up and may not have such good soil to begin with; things might not […]

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Start with the Soil

by Steve Phillips As members and supporters of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, we likely have an awareness of the importance of ecology. But do we truly have an understanding of our interdependence on it? We hear the term “regenerative agriculture,” but how does that scale to our everyday lives? As the days of Victory Gardens […]

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From Swimming Hole to Artful Landscape

by Shawn Mayers Franklin, MA, hired groundSwell Designs in 2013 to develop a schematic master plan for a small town parcel that had been neglected for almost 50 years.  The wetland site had served as the city’s “swimming hole” in the 1930s.  A municipality with an extremely limited budget, all construction was to be completed by […]

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Walk on the Wild Side

by Noel Kingsbury Reprinted with permission of the author from New Small Garden, Quarto Publishing, September 2016. Plants make a garden. There are gardens constructed without plants, but the absence of green living things in a space dubbed a ‘garden’ is more often than not a gimmick. For most people, a garden is inconceivable without […]

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Phytoremediation: Overview and Opportunities

by Steven Rock The following Foreword to Phyto: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design, Routledge, June 2015, is reprinted with permission of the author. People have deliberately grown plants to alter their environment for at least millennia. The Roman roads were lined with poplar trees to both provide shade and to keep the […]

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Takeaways from Landscape Heroes

by Meghan O’Connell On January 31st, NOFA and the ELA teamed up to bring farmers and landscapers together to learn about three key components for creating healthy soil—and in turn, help reverse the effects of climate change. Those three featured “landscape heroes” were carbon, water, and biodiversity. (more…)

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A Pruning Guide

by David Anderson David will lead a hands-on pruning demonstration and discussion on March 9th at the ELA Conference. As landscapers and horticulturalists pruning is a very important part of our work. Most horticulturists are passionate about pruning. Most people enjoy pruning and believe in their methods. There are as many different styles of pruning as there […]

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