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If you look at the manicured parks and trees lining the streets around your city, you may notice that these trees are not typically fruit bearing. While we have addressed some of the reasons this is the case in this article about allergies, there is a recently growing movement to plant trees and plants that bear fruit in... read more

Supplies for Milk Jug Greenhouses. Cat is optional.

Because me trying to make bread would be an abject failure, I created my own pandemic obsession last year. I decided to harvest the seeds from my cute native plant gardens. Now I live on a small lot, but I’ve made due shrinking the lawn little by little and adding native plants each year where I think I now... read more

Carbon is at the core of both climate change issues and soil health issues. Generally speaking, we need less carbon in our atmosphere, and more carbon in our soils. When we till, deforest and otherwise disturb our soils, carbon is released into the atmosphere. We can return carbon to the soil through practices such as cover crops, reforestation... read more

This crazy year of 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history. Books will be written, and tales of survival will be shared for years to come. So as the year ends, I want to reflect on these last twelve months at the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District. In hindsight we may not have anticipated how 2020 would... read more

Tis the season for snow and ice! These freezing temps call for salting our sidewalks and driveways. As a routine dog walker I understand and appreciate the use of salt, however it is more important than ever to make sure we use it appropriately. Even my dog, Marla, knows when a sidewalk is over-salted – she will purposely... read more