Starting a home garden in Birmingham—including tips from Trevor Mann of Walden Farms

If you’re at home, might as well flex that green thumb! Photo via Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

Now that we’re practicing social distancing and springtime is here, it’s the perfect time to start that project that’s been in the back of your mind—a home garden. Check out these tips and tricks to develop your green thumb, including advice from Birmingham’s Trevor Mann of Walden FARMacy.

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BeeSC is buzzing—check out their pollinator gardens + learn how to make your own

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The EcoScape at BSC is a 4-acre outdoor classroom with beneficial bug sculptures, fragrance gardens, and winding paths through a miniature Mobile Basin wetland. Photo via BSC

Wildflower season is my favorite season, and soon it’ll be in full swing. Birmingham-Southern College plays host to some fantastic pollinator gardens, and we’re taking a closer look. Bonus: learn how to make your own—it’s the perfect activity for social distancing!

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Rain, rain go away. Rainfall records shattered in Birmingham, Jan-Feb of 2020.

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Flooding near the UAB campus on 8th street and 6th Avenue South on February 10,2020. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Other than talk about the coronavirus, the number one conversation amongst Birminghamians has been the massive amounts of rainfall we’ve had since the beginning of 2020.

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​Run straight into spring at 6 Birmingham races

An opportunity to run with precious pups? Where do I sign up? Photo via Bama Bully Rescue on Facebook

Okay, Birmingham—we’ve got an extra hour of daylight, and we’ve seen the sun a couple of times in the last week. You know what that means—it’s time to get outside and run! Here’s a guide to some opportunities coming up. 

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7 ways (+ even more reasons) to “friend” Birmingham Botanical Gardens this year

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Fun for all ages. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

NOTE: BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is rolling out brand-new reasons to support one of the Magic City’s greatest treasures. The partnership between the City of Birmingham and the Friends allows the Gardens to be enjoyed sunrise to sunset, every day of the year. Learn how you can be a Friend for 10% off with the code SPRING2020.

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Batter up! Tag along on our behind-the-scenes tour of Regions Field (VIDEO)

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We had the best tour guide around, no contest. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

NOTICE: OPENING DAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK HERE FOR UPDATES.

The first pitch of the Birmingham Barons’ 2020 season will be thrown in just one month. Opening day is approaching quickly, and we got an inside look at Regions Field. Tag along with us and the Barons’ community partner, Adamson Ford, to check it out.

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Spiders, ticks and poison ivy. Local scientists share examples of Alabama’s changing climate

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Golden Silk Spider. Photo courtesy of Mike Howell

When I began writing this series about Alabama’s changing climate and the impacts it will have on us and our natural world, I am reminded of the line in the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, the Tin Man, and The Scarecrow are frightened in the forest. They started chanting, “lions and tigers and bears,” oh my!

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3 things you need to know about the EPA’s soil cleanup in N Birmingham

Meet Keisha Brown. She lives in the Harriman Park neighborhood that’s been declared part of the North Birmingham Superfund Site. Photo via Kimberly Chandler for NBC News.

Back in 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency designated neighborhoods in the vicinity of 35th Avenue North as a Superfund Site. Areas that once thrived with industry turned out to have contaminated soil.

After a long delay, city leaders and the EPA have begun the cleanup process in North Birmingham. You can help spread the word.

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Spring 2020 is for paddling: a guide to kayak & canoe events near Birmingham

Photo courtesy of Auburn University’s Whitewater Kayaking Club

Any paddling enthusiasts out there? This one’s for you. With all the beautiful rivers we have near Birmingham, paddle sports are a go-to for adventurers in our area. Below is a guide to some events coming up this spring!

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Outside Magazine calls Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail one of the best hikes to take on earth in 2020

Conservation Fund map of the Pinhoti Trail. Graphic from the Pinhoti Trail Alliance

In its latest edition, the nationally acclaimed outdoor adventure publication Outside Magazine recommended the 335 mile Alabama/Georgia Pinhoti Trail as one of the best long-distance hikes to take in the world this year.

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