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Monday, January 30, 2012

Winter Plantings

Ralph Waldo Emerson starts off this Monday, gentling reminding us with his words that “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” And while many gardeners wait patiently for spring’s signs of life and the planting season for their own gardens, below is an opportunity to plant seeds in the community, especially those that lack gardens or green spaces.

Grant Program Helps Communities Create More Local Greenscapes

“The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is helping improve more communities with the availability of its GRO1000 Grassroots Grant awards. As part of the GRO1000 program, a commitment to build 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018, Grassroots Grants will be awarded to organizations across the U.S. to help create greenscapes in local neighborhoods and communities. GRO1000 Grassroots Grant applications for 2012 are available online at: Deadline for application submission is February 24, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Grants, which range from $500 to $1,500, are awarded based on community need, scope of project and long-term sustainability of the project.”

That’s a lot to absorb on this last Monday in January but gardens start first by planting a thought. Winter finds many of us lacking energy and spirit for the earth that seems all too frozen and barren of plants but this Indian saying may inspire one gardener to “Plant a thought, harvest an act, plant an act, harvest a habit, plant a habit, harvest a character, plant a character, harvest a destiny.” What are you waiting for? February is almost here; so is this grant deadline. This winter season sure is a great time for this type of planting! And if you live in a community that has plenty of green space or a community garden, then please share with someone who resides in a city or town that could prosper from this grant. Happy winter plantings!

Image of a January day in nature by Ann Bilowz

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