Re: Promoting Consumer Commitment to Local Food
2010-10-11 11:19:37 UTC
I got a whole bunch of returns on a Google search for "community supported agriculture and changes in behavior". CSA is a type of local food movement that is doing very well here in North Carolina, USA. Here's a few - I don't know if they really get at your question since they're looking at an identified population of "subscribers":
You could probably get similar results from a search with "farmers markets and changes in behavior".
Re: Invasive vine removal from trees
2008-02-04 11:25:42 UTC
Control the ivy in two stages: cut the vines at two points along tree trunks (one low, one higher) and remove the pieces in between to make sure you've cut all the aerial stems. Then use a woody weed pesticide with a surfactant (very important to get through the waxy leaf coating). Paint the newly chopped vine-ends with a full-strength mixture. Spray ivy on the ground with the recommended dilution. This is easiest in winter, when desirable plants are dormant and it's very clear what's ivy and what isn't. You may have to get stragglers the following winter(s) - ivy is persistent. I gather the homeowners are most interested in an evergreen groundcover rather than a vine or climber. Evergreen (southeast US) native groundcovers include Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens), creeping wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), partridge berry (Mitchella repens), coral bells (Heuchera - manymany varieties in practically every garden catalog you can find, often crossed with Tiarella), foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), Lyre-leaf sage (Salivia lyrata - "Purple volcano" is a great variety available in many catalogs), woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata), and green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum). If they want vines: cross-vine (Bignonia capreolata), Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), native honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), and Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans). Hummingbirds love these, by the way. There's non-natives, of course, I'm not as familiar with. What you pick is dependent on what you want: very low groundcover around stepping stones? Ankle-high groundcover? Erosion control? A replacement for a lawn? Ground cover under trees? Etc. Georgia has a Master Gardener program through its Cooperative Extension similar to North Carolina's - they are a great resource for homeowners and those putting together environmental education programs. http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/ http://www.caes.uga.edu/departments/hort/extension/mastergardener/
Stormwater Engineering Technician
Town of Chapel Hill, NC
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