Gardening in small spaces, making pickles, growing specialty crops, edible landscapes and healthy affordable food for all are just a few of the topics at the annual Rooting DC urban gardening forum. This day-long event – which includes panel discussions, workshops and talks –  is free (donations appreciated) and open to the public. The forum includes an info fair with lots of  great organizations coming to share opportunities and information.

Mark your calendar now for February 28th from 9:00am – 4:00pm at Wilson HS, advance registration is recommended.



It was a great night to be out on a pontoon boat on the river with the Anacostia Watershed Society – the sun was going down, light breeze, cool temps, good river guide and lots of BIRDS.

We launched at Bladensburg Waterfront Park and then floated down the river for about five miles, past Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, past the Arboretum (there where is a back entrance if you come by boat), past the PEPCO power plant that will be imploded later this year, past RFK stadium.  And when we couldn’t go any further (railroad bridge that could only be passed during low tide) we turned around and went back.

Saw osprey heading home with their supper, lots of blue herons (some gulping their supper), snowy egrets nesting in trees, a kingfisher, cormorants, ducks, geese,  starlings, barn swallows (nesting under one of the bridges) two deer and….drum roll….a BALD EAGLE.

A good overview of the watershed which includes historic and recreational sites along the Anacostia River can be found right here.

And a view of the Anacostia can be seen right here⇒ 



Garden cooking classes, for one. Also Intro to Permaculture, Food Justice, Music in the Garden and more.

While summer is winding down (according to the calendar) there is plenty more gardening to be done in the fall.  Information on this and other gardening classes can be found on the DC Parks and Recreation website here.



HeliosMonroe turned eight this year – happy blog birthday!

Recent Helios highlights include good gardening, giant sunflowers, house renovations, and lots of walks around Mt Pleasant with Mazie.  Other endeavors include the beginnings of a hop yard, planting a patch of  Allium tricoccum (ramps) and letting the sun shine in.

Green thumbs, greens growers and greenies of all stripes are invited to attend Rooting DC, a forum designed to bring DC gardeners together.

Come for workshopping, networking and round table-ing on Saturday February 18th and help foster partnerships between those who are working towards a common goal of a greener, healthier DC.

You can register here – this free event fills up quickly!

Irene came to call this weekend- despite rain (4.5″) and high winds the damage here was minimal. Tomato cages toppled, big basil plant broken but otherwise we came out in good shape.

Goodnight, Irene (and other hurricane songs)

HeliosMonroe turned three this week – happy blog birthday!

Helios highlights included (re) doubling the urban canopy, more backyard gardening, refurbished our  original double hung windows and miles of walks around Mt Pleasant with Mazie.

So where’s the cake?


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