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Thinking about Nut Trees

by Tricia Diggins Nut trees, more than any other aspect of landscaping, make me think of the old proverb “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” So, plan to plant a nut tree this fall or next spring. If you for some reason cannot plant…

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Book Review: The Holistic Orchard

The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way Written by Michael Phillips Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011, 414 pages Reviewed by Nick Novick Interest seems to be on the rise in all things local and sustainable. The outstanding Vermont-based publisher, Chelsea Green, reflects—and, perhaps, feeds—this trend with many excellent titles on building,…

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Installation and Early Maintenance of an Edible Garden

by Tricia Diggins The first plantings of the Edible Ecosystem Demonstration Garden at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens (WCBG) went into the ground this spring, beginning the multi-year implementation of a garden designed by Dave Jacke of Dynamics Ecological Design and Keith Zaltzberg of Regenerative Design Group. The garden “is designed to explore the question, ‘How…

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WCBG’s Edible Ecosystem Demonstration Garden: A Cutting Edge Exploration in Ecology and Botany

This article is reprinted with the authors’ permission from the Spring 2011 issue of the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture (WCFH) Newsletter. Photos courtesy of WCFH. by Dave Jacke and Keith Zaltzberg How well can we design a plant community that mimics the properties, principles, patterns and processes of natural ecosystems but produces food and…

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