Why you need a soil test

Get To Know Your Soil! Soil tests help identify the fertility of your garden or lawn, eliminating guesswork when it comes to choosing the best plant for a project. A test can determine pH levels, nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, and any potential contamination issues. In Connecticut gardeners can send samples to their local UConn Extension…

Go Beyond Recycling!

91% of plastics are NEVER recycled! For this reason, we are making efforts to move beyond recycling of single-use packaging, and think about how to upcycle and reuse common household items instead. But first, it is important to understand what recycling is, and more importantly what it is not. “Our packaging is recyclable” is used…

10 Native Plants for Pollinator Gardens

In urban areas where natural habitat is limited, pollinator-friendly gardens serve as an effective way to provide shelter, food, and water for vital species such as birds, butterflies, and bees. Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is a great companion plant for many other species, and attracts several species of butterflies and other pollinator insects. Black-eyed Susan…

February Garden Tasks

It might be chilly outside, but February is the perfect time to start thinking, and planning, for the upcoming season! Here are some suggestions for February Garden Tasks. Stock up on basicsNothing is worse than catching a nice early Spring day, and realizing you have to run to the garden store instead. Take time now…

3 Reasons to Thrift!

1. Reduce waste! Remove clothes, working electronics, and other usable household items from entering the waste stream and landfills. 2. Support local! Thrifts stores provide jobs and keeps your money in your community. 3. Unique, and CHEAP, outfits. Secondhand clothes that have made it to the thrift store have already proven to be good quality…

Winter Sowing for Wildflowers

Many New England wildflower species used in planting urban pollinator landscapes require stratification for the seeds to successfully germinate. Specifically, some they require a cold, moist period mimicking the natural winter season they would typically experience. Luckily, this is easy to accomplish even without a yard! Here are three easy, and sustainable, methods of winter…

Client Testimonials

“Clasina transformed our overgrown ornamental cherry tree into a beautiful creation. She is meticulous in her work. Her inside beauty is reflected in her work, a delight to work with.” Carole M. (West Hartford) “There is no one with a greener thumb than Clasina. In addition to making your yard or project look stunning, her…

Small-space Food Gardening

Small space food gardening is perfect for every urban gardener! From apartment-dwellers to busy suburban families who don’t have a lot of time for garden maintenance, this method meets everyone’s needs. It allows you to save money and time, all while allowing you to get the full benefits of gardening— being outdoors, passive exercise, and…

Protecting Pollinators

Pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, and birds are vital to the survival of 80% of the world’s flowering plants, including 75% of food crops! Exposure to pesticides, loss of floral abundance, and habitat destruction have led to a decline in pollinator species worldwide. In the United States, for example, we’ve seen a decline of…

Upcycling

Upcyling uses discarded objects to create new products of better quality and environmental value. Also known as creative reuse, the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, or unwanted items into new resources allows us to “do more with less” and reduce the amount of waste entering landfills.