<![CDATA[commongroundenc.org - Our Blog]]>Sun, 07 Feb 2021 14:49:10 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Our favorite gardening apps]]>Sun, 24 Jan 2021 19:03:21 GMThttp://commongroundenc.org/blog/our-favorite-gardening-appsOur cell phone apps have become an essential part of our everyday lives. They assist us with minute and monumental tasks alike. In this article, we’re going to highlight 5 of our favorite apps for gardeners and some of their key features.

# 1 Planta: Keep your plants alive 
The goal of Planta is to keep your plants alive. This app helps you figure out which plants are suitable for your home based on the light conditions of the different room. It also provides step-by-step care instructions on how to care for plants. The best feature of this app is the care reminders it provides for watering, fertilizing, misting, cleaning, and re-potting plants.

# 2 Gardenize - garden & plant app 
Gardenize helps you save and remember information about your garden. You can add pictures and information about different plants, areas, and events. Gardenize is also transforming into a social networking app. You can connect with gardeners from all over the world and update your profile and posts.

# 3 From Seed to Spoon Gardening 
This app makes growing your own food more manageable by providing growing guides for over a 100 Fruits, Herbs, and Vegetables! On this app, plants can be filtered by their health benefits and planting dates can be customized by where you live. They also help you avoid key mistakes through providing good & bad planting companion lists. Lastly, this app has videos and classes that are all about growing and cooking food.

# 4 MyGarden: Inspiration to Grow 
Apple app

Android app
MyGarden surveys your interests in plants and planting and provides plant projects for you to complete. In addition to the plant projects, the app tells you what you’ll need and the corresponding prices for material
  • The Plant Projects that the app recommends completely revolve around your interests. For example, I selected “Indoorsy Plants” as it’s currently winter and I would like to expand my gardening to my home. Some of the plant recommendations I was given included:
    • Dwarf Snake Plant
    • Peace Lily
    • Indoor Succulents
    • Terrarium

# 5 Biodynamic Gardening Calendar
Apple app
Android app

As a disclaimer, this app has a 30-Day Free Trial and after that, membership is $5.99. The information within the app is based on the research of biodynamic pioneer Maria Thun. This app allows gardeners to correlate what they’re growing to the best times to do so. For any given day, the app will show you fruit, flower, leaf, or root times (both favorable and unfavorable). The best feature is that the calendar can filter time type, activity, or both based on your interests!

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<![CDATA[Beloved Bee Facts]]>Mon, 11 Jan 2021 05:00:00 GMThttp://commongroundenc.org/blog/beloved-bee-facts
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Beehives at Common Ground of Eastern North Carolina
Greetings, Green-Eyed Gardeners! Did you know that Common Ground has 4 honeybee hives, and we produce honey for sale? Yep!

Here are our 7 favorite bee facts:


7. The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years. Imagine a toddler being a queen! She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs a day. [In the photo, the queen bee is tagged with the pink marker.]

6. In the summer, a beehive can have as many as 50,000 to 80,000 bees. That’s more bees in a single beehive than there are people in Lenoir County!

5. A honeybee must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey. The largest flower garden in the world, The Dubai Miracle Garden, would only produce around 12 pounds of honey.

4. Bees fly more than once around the world to gather a pound of honey. Strong hives can produce up to 100 pounds of honey. I guess that’s where the term busy bee comes from!

​3. Bees hold the world title for best dancers. Honeybees do a dance that alerts other bees to the location of nectar and pollen by direction and distance.

2. Bees can be found living in some insane locations and at some astounding temperatures.  To name a few: marshes, sand dunes, soft cliffs, wetlands, quarries, gravel pits, and even sea walls. At Common Ground, we have wooden boxes for our bees.

1. Honeybees are the only insect in the world that makes food that humans can eat. And not coincidentally, they’re our favorite insects!

Remember to be kind to bees and other pollinators by not overusing insect-killing chemicals.
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<![CDATA[Common Ground Virtual Garden Fun Run & 5K : August 7 - September 7, 2020]]>Mon, 03 Aug 2020 22:49:12 GMThttp://commongroundenc.org/blog/common-ground-virtual-garden-fun-run-5k-august-7-september-7-2020Picture
In an effort to bring people together (virtually!) under the commonality of exercising and having fun, Common Ground of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. is inviting everyone to participate by walking, running, or hiking either one mile or a 5K.

You have a whole month to participate, any day you want!

Your $10 registration fee is tax-deductible, and all proceeds will go directly toward maintaining our community food park along with its programs. 

​All you have to do is go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Kinston/TheGardenFunRun5K

Then grab your running shoes and hit the road, any road!

If you are new to this kind of thing, try using an app that tracks your running or walking, such as Runkeeper or NikeRunClub.

Have fun, and let us know where you went!

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