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September: To Do List

illustrations by Nicholas Massarelli 1. September means it’s hot, hot, hot!The peppers are bursting in your garden right now. Try drying some of your chilies this year to give your winter chili fest a homemade pop of flavor and heat. 2. Enjoy a hidden river viewEveryone knows about Spruce Street Harbor Park, but the hidden

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August: To-Do List

Illustration by Nicholas Massarelli 1. Protect those paws August heat is hard on everyone, but if you have a dog, don’t forget that the blacktop of roads and red brick can get hot enough to seriously burn your pet’s pads. 2. Try a barbecue without the beasts! See this issue for a full plant-based menu

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July: To-Do List

Illustration by Anne Lambelet 1. It’s time to weed again!Even if you don’t have a garden plot, you probably have a walkway or patio that could use some attention. Don’t let the grass go to seed, or you’ll never keep up! 2. Listen to some tunesThe XPoNential Music Fest is at the end of the

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June: To-Do List

Illustration by Chris Bernhardt 1. Protect your petsVeterinarians recommend keeping pets on flea and tick preventatives all year round, but if you’ve fallen behind, now really is the time. Mosquitoes and ticks are out in full force. 2. Harvest your early cropsYoung potatoes and peas—direct from your garden plot—should be part of your home-cooking menu.

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Four Secret Gardens with Open Gates

Photo by Jared Gruenwald by Brittany Barbato Today, the Philadelphia region has more than 30 public gardens within 30 miles of Philadelphia, cultivating roots that ground much of America’s horticultural history. These four lesser-known gardens contain a treasure trove of beautiful, interesting and historically relevant plants waiting for you to discover and explore. The Gardens

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May: To-Do List

Illustration by Anne Lambelet 1. Try out a new neighborhood spotSpring usually brings many restaurant openings, and two to try are The Lab in Fishtown and Second District Brewing in Newbold.  2. Weed grass on walkways or sidewalksThe grass has been growing since February, which means it won’t be long at all before it goes

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Perfect plant picks for that tricky backyard patio

Made in the Shade by Laura Everard “I can’t grow anything because my garden is too shady.” If I had a dollar for the number of times people told me this, I would have enough money to buy all of the plants they would need to revamp their shade garden! Just because you aren’t living

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Healthy eating in the lunchroom at Friends’ Central School

Tiny Farm to Tiny Table by Grid Staff School cafeterias of old are notorious for mushy veggies and fried mystery meats, but students at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood hope to promote healthful lunch hours with a new year-round food-growing program. Students from nursery school through fifth grade are taught the significance of healthy eating

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Q&A: Landscape architect Claudia West says we need functional plant communities, not over-mulched arborvitae

Illustration by Corey Brickley Goodbye to All That interview by Heather Shayne Blakeslee According to landscape planners Claudia West and Thomas Rainer, we should all be saying “goodbye to the real estate industry, good taste, designers’ egos, eco-evangelism and the horticulture industry.” Their book, “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” is a joyous ode to the

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