Gardening Archive

Here is Where We Must Begin: Water, Drought, and Flowers

This column was originally published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and it part of a long-standing series with the publication. The banks of the Arkansas river are over flowing. Last week the water went up past the basketball goals in downtown Dardanellle and all the low water bridges have washed out. The wetlands in
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Don’t Kill the Dandelions! Make Fritters Instead. (Yes Fritters)

  Dandelions are popping up everywhere. We’ve been taught they’re weeds, something to be banished from our yards and handled with highly toxic chemicals like Roundup. But they’re actually herbs and they play a hugely important role in our local ecosystems. They’re food for butterflies and bees, those creatures we so desperately need to keep
Category: Arkansas

A New CSA, Garden Project Update, Pecan Workshop, Caregiver Workshop, and Other News!

Since I first started writing this column back in 2011 I have tried to use this space as both a place to share stories related to local and regional history and location to share information that can help us explore the past with the goal of moving into a more loving future. And by loving
Category: Arkansas

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

In the last column I discussed the recent publication Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. I promised a series of columns on that book, and I’ll be picking back up with those in the following weeks. But this week I’d like to call attention to a film that will be available
Category: African American History

Staring at the Snails

The Backyard Living column is a partnership between ABOUT the River Valley magazine, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the May issues of ABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats. For more information about subscription information
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

McElroy House to Partner with CAAH (Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage)

This Seed and the Story column originally ran in the Courier newspaper on May 4th, 2014.  If you’re a regular reader of this column you’ve heard a lot about the annual heirloom seed swaps that take place in Pope County each year. Hosted by the the CAAH Organization (Central Arkansas New Agrarian Society), these swaps
Category: Animals

Rachel Carson’s Birthday, Butterfly Resources, New Column Dates

This column originally ran Sunday April 20, 2014.  This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the death of naturalist Rachel Carson, author of the landmark 1962 book, Silent Spring in which she spoke out about the increased used of chemical pesticide and warned the public about the longterm effects DDT on the soil, the
Category: Arkansas

Meet the Growers: Violet Bullock

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that for the past year the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action has been working on something we’re calling the Garden Book Project. This book will feature the stories of area growers both old and young. More than just a directory or
Category: Arkansas

Backyard Living Column: Encouraging Fearless Soil Explorers.

The Backyard Living column is a partnership between ABOUT the River Valley magazine, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. For more information about subscription information to ABOUT, go here.   ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Public schools are increasingly offering garden education programs for children. But for those of us with young kids
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Backyard Living: The Joy of Seed Catalogs

This piece is the newest installment in the “Backyard Living” column, an ongoing partnership between the Boiled Down Juice, ABOUT the River Valley magazine, A View from the Backroads and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action.  Walking in the February snow I noticed a few volunteer cornflowers sprouting near last year’s flower
Category: ABOUT the River Valley