Candace Harrell, Teaching Garden Coordinator

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Welcome to North End Matters

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Green Peoplez Take Home Seven Blue Ribbons

The Green Peoplez, a group of young, intrepid entrepreneurs that have delved whole-heartedly into the NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden, took home seven blue first-place ribbons and two red second-place ribbons from the Mansfield Men's Garden Club 62nd Annual Fall Harvest Show at Kingwood Center Gardens on Saturday.
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Black Plastic: The Easiest Way to Garden

Saturday's black plastic gardening class at John's Park was a lot of fun, despite the heat and humidity. At least we had a nice breeze blowing that day!
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Organic Matter Matters

Once again, the weather was less than ideal for an outdoor garden program. Are we doomed to rain and chilly temps for every program? Maybe. Does that scare the stalwart gardener? Of course not!
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It's all about the soil, baby!

Saturday morning was what we've come to expect for events at the Teaching Garden - cold, drizzly, chilly, damp, and just plain brrrrr! At least it wasn't ice fog this time.
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The War of the Whiteflies

As the Teaching Garden currently lacks a heated place to start seeds, I started them at my home, where I have great light and a team of committed volunteers.
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A shed is born!

You wouldn't think something as simple as a garden shed would be exciting, would you? But boy oh boy are we excited about the new shed at the Blust Avenue Teaching Garden!!
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Lots happening at the Teaching Garden!

The Blust Avenue Teaching Garden is an amazing place to be this spring! It's early, and we're still getting snow from time to time, but the beautiful days are starting to outnumber the cold ones - at least that's what I keep telling myself ...
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Marketing and Promoting Your Home-Based Enterprise: A Wrap Up

If you missed Terrie Bonfiglio's amazing workshop Marketing and Promoting Your Home-Based Enterprise, don't worry, we can fill you in on the excitement.
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Sixth Annual Raising Richland Community Garden Summit - another great event for gardeners!

North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC), in conjunction with area partners, hosted in the Sixth Annual Raising Richland Community Garden Summit at Mansfield's Longview Center on Thursday, March 10.
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23 Days Til Spring!

Earlier this week, it was definitely winter outside.
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Indoor Seed Starting: a tutorial

Learn to start seeds indoors!
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Hoop House Updates

As this is the first year for the hoop house, we've been tracking temps and comparing the plants indoors vs the ones outside. Here's an update:
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Seeds - you know you want to start some!

It's time to get those seeds started! Join us next Thursday, Feb. 11, at NECIC (199 N. Main St., Mansfield) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as we cover the best techniques for indoor seed starting!
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Join the renegade gardeners!

NECIC's annual Garden Movie and Pizza Night, held Jan. 21, was a big hit. If you weren't there, we missed you!
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Gettin' our Big Girl Leaves!

The seedlings are doing well. The peppers have finally started germinating - they are always such slow-pokes- and the tomatoes are getting some true leaves.
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Good Morning, Sunshine!

Just a little ray of sunshine to brighten your day, and a peek at the seedling progress to remind you that spring is coming...eventually...
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A Little Snow, A Lot of Weight

Snow really doesn't look like it should be heavy, all light and fluffy looking, but anyone that has ever shoveled a driveway knows better.
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Signs of Spring

I know that retail outlets tend to rush the seasons - Christmas items hit the shelves well before Halloween, and swimwear hits the aisles as we shiver in the single digit temps.
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!

The holidays are over and now it seems as if winter is setting in, with highs over the last couple of days only in the 20s and lows that are just plain cold.
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Unusual Fruits in the Teaching Garden

Tuesday evening, Drew Shifley entertained a crowd at NECIC with a PowerPoint presentation of unusual fruits that will grow in our zone.
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Workshop: Unusual Fruits in Ohio

I love unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables, and I'm excited to find out that a wide selection of goodies can be grown right here in Mansfield.
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Managing Your Three-Bin Compost System

For those of you that have ventured into the world of the three-bin composting system, here are some tips and tricks to help you stay ahead of your compost.
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Compost Bin in Action

Once again, many thanks to our workshop attendees that braved the cold and ice fog to lend a hand with our new three-bin compost system.
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Compost Bin Complete!

Ice fog can't stop these gardeners!
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Compost!

The compost pile at the Blust Avenue Teaching Garden is growing...and growing...and growing. It's time to put it in its proper place by building a compost bin.
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How to Roast Your Homegrown Sunflower Seeds

Many people grow sunflowers, but have no idea what to do with the heads once they are fully formed. As it turns out, roasting your own sunflower seeds is super easy, and even fun.
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Getting Wiggly in the Garden

This has been an amazing week of very lovely weather.
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Beautiful Weather at the Garden!

This has been an amazing week of very lovely weather.
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What Can You Grow in 512 Square Feet?

Growing in a small space
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Bringing You Up-To-Date

Now that you've seen an intro to the garden (for those of you new to it), I thought I'd take the opportunity to bring readers up-to-date on the goings-on.
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A Teaching Garden is Born

A Teaching Garden is Born: The NECIC Blust Avenue Teaching Garden rises from the blight
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