Integrity Sustainable Planning News

Hellstrip Gardening – Plants That Can “take the heat”!
2 years, 10 months ago 0
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‘Hellstrip Gardening’ is a recent term that describes the area between urban sidewalks and curbs (check out Evelyn J. Hadden’s excellent book of the same name).  Often the first area of landscaping visible from the street, hellstrips are also often the most ignored.  Reflected heat from the street, salt and chemicals from snow removal, and […]

The way the sun shines… renewable energy gets the attention of the Rockefeller’s
2 years, 11 months ago 0
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I remember a particular segment of the Captain Kangaroo show I was watching as a young girl. The guest on the show had a disk about the size of a silver dollar which he had affixed to the top of a remote controlled toy car. Ok, Captain Kangaroo and silver dollar… you do the age […]

Blooms from bulbs, indoors as well as out!
3 years ago 0
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We’re all familiar with the beautiful spring blooms of flowers planted from bulbs in the spring.  Bright daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are a common site in outdoor Columbus gardens during the spring months. But did you know that you can have spectacular, colorful blooms inside during the cold winter months? Paperwhites are a member of […]

Serendipity – plants, the earth, and breathing
3 years, 1 month ago 0
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Serendipity:  ser·en·dip·i·ty noun \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\ Luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. The faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.  Merriam-Webster The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. The Free Dictionary Origin of SERENDIPITY 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale […]

Green Walls - going up!
3 years, 2 months ago 0
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As we all ponder strategies to develop more engaging, sustainable, respectful and beautiful communities, vertical gardening comes to the forefront as a fascinating option.  Planting vegetation on the actual walls of a building is a practice that has proven to moderate heating and cooling bills, while offering an unexpected venue for additional gardening opportunities. A recent visit to […]

We’re Making Sauce!!
3 years, 3 months ago 0
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One of my favorite project’s Integrity’s’ involved with is the ARC Industry-Sunapple Kitchens project. Not quite 2 years ago, we met with the CEO, a visionary who tasked us simply to design a project that would provide the opportunity for ARC attendees to mix with the general population around healthy food. Wow, wide open! We […]

Microgreens - Beauty, Flavor and Nutrition in a Tiny Package
3 years, 4 months ago 0
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Integrity recently assisted in procuring funding for Farmer Paul Etheridge, an organic farmer who specializes in curriculum programs for children around growing healthy food, to implement a ‘microgreens’ program at two central Ohio early-childhood facilities. The goal of this ‘farm to table’ program was to give young children the opportunity to plant, grow, harvest and […]

A Long Way to New Beds...Raised Ones, and the Market!
3 years, 5 months ago 0
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I happily moved at the end of the summer of 2013 to a wonderful, older, Clintonville home, surrounded with warm and friendly neighbors, which suits me very well. Of course this means I left my raised bed perennial garden with its lush and fragrant herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, chives, rosemary, and chamomile), my staples of […]

How to Grow Fruit in Tight Urban Spaces? ESPALIER!
3 years, 6 months ago 0
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The word espalier is French, but it originates from the Italian ‘spalliera’, which means ‘something to rest the shoulder against.’   An ancient technique used since the Roman Empire, espaliering refers to the practice of training a tree into a flattened, two-dimensional shape, usually for the purpose of growing fruit in a small space. Espaliered plantings […]

Shared Rides: Marrying Convenience and Conservation With Living The City Life!
3 years, 7 months ago 0
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On a recent European trip I saw racks of bikes and lines of electric cars dotting the city streets in daily use, and I thought about Columbus. As more and more of us head back to the inner city neighborhoods from the suburbs an interesting thing is happening. Folks are beginning to think of taking […]