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Hugelkulture

Are you tired of watering your plants constantly or spending too much money on your irrigation bill? If so, Hugelkulture might be the answer for you. Hugelkulture (“hoogle culture” or mound culture) is a technique that uses woody debris such as branches, logs, twigs, leaves, ...

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Coppicing Trees

Have you ever cut down a tree just to have it grow back, even multiply? Well, you may just be that trees best friend. Coppicing is a method of tree management based on the regeneration of new shoots, or suckers, of wood when a tree ...

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Could Crimson Clover be the next Boxwood?

When I was in New York a few weeks ago, I decided to check out the Edible Plants Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. My discovery on that early spring April day: Crimson Red Clover was being used as both a cover crop and an ...

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Bring Life to Tired Spaces

By thinking creatively and drawing inspiration from nature, you can turn any dull landscape into a bright, reinvented space. Consider the “Crack Garden” by CMG Landscape Architecture as an example. Homeowners wanted to redesign their landscape and were faced with a tired, concrete urban yard ...

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Edible Spring Weeds

  What is a weed?  A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Don’t let weeds get you down this spring. Eat them! Common weeds found in your lawn and garden can be both nutritional and delicious. Knotweed and Chickweed are ...

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Permaculture Design

Our company is in the process of maximizing our use of permaculture concepts. As a project manager here at Offshoots, I am responsible for the design and implementation of new productive landscape systems and strategies into our residential installations.  This has led me to the ...

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We are seeking a seasonal intern with a degree in Landscape Contracting, Horticulture or similar (or working towards a degree) to assist with our residential design and installation projects. Candidates will be highly motivated individuals with enough energy and drive to make this position their ...

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Kate Kennen will be speaking at the Ecological Landscape Association Conference in Springfield, MA on Thursday 2/28.  The title of the presentation is:  ”Phytoremediation: Selected Plants for Urban Restoration”  Information on the conference can be found at:  http://www.ecolandscaping.org/conference/

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Offshoots, Inc. is seeking a landscape architectural design intern to join our Boston office team.  We are looking for assistance illustrating productive landscape systems, including diagraming phytoremediation strategies for several project sites.  Candidates must have excellent graphic design skills, including advanced ability to create photorealistic ...

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It is an excellent time of year to start planning your garden for the spring!  Offshoots, Inc. services the greater Boston Area for full landscape design,  landscape architecture, planning, and garden installation services.  The landscaping season is just around the corner.  Please feel free to ...

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