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They’re Back! Lady Beetles on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Today’s is just a short post to say how happy we are to see the lady bugs (lady beetles) return to the Breaking Ground green roof after the winter months. They were apparently drawn by dinner….aphids! Some of the remaining mustard green […]

Strawberry Plants on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Strawberries on the roof??? Wow, that takes me back to when I was a child growing up in Tampa, FL, and my family used to pile in the station wagon for a short trip over to the fields of Plant […]

Video: Stonewall Jackson Elementary Students Plant for Winter on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

January proved to be a perfect month for harvesting and planting on the Breaking Ground green roof. Our temperatures have been mild and the weather has been gorgeous! We would certainly love a little more rain, but we’ve been happy […]

Stonewall Jackson Elementary Students Visit the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Planting broccoli, chard and lettuce on the Breaking Ground green roof Having students visit our roof here at Breaking Ground Contracting is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for us. Long before the roof was even designed, we […]

The Breaking Ground Green Roof and Urban Agriculture

Our roof looks so amazingly different than it did this summer. Gone are the vibrant colors of the native wildflowers and lush growth of the tomatoes and other vegetables. But, the transition gives way to a different kind of beauty, […]

Breaking Ground Composting Project

Did you know that COMPOSTINGcan divert as much as 30% of household waste from the landfill? My first recollection of composting was back in the 1970′s when my mother put a large bowl in our kitchen an explained to us […]

A New Season: Seeds of Change on the Breaking Ground Green Roof

Look at all of those seeds in the seed head of this Zinnia flower! See them? A season of change is taking place, from a hot, humid summer climate to cooler, drier fall fall temperatures, and the seeds from the […]

Next Generation Harvests Seeds from the Breaking Ground Green Roof!

Each little orange spike on the top of the cone flower is a seed! CLICK ON THIS PHOTO for a closer look! As part of our continued efforts to educate the young people of this planet about their connections to […]

Black Swallowtail Visits Breaking Ground Green Roof

(Beautiful Black Swallowtail pollenating the Breaking Ground green roof) The black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenesis, has joined the list of amazing critters that have come to pollinate the flowers, vegetables and fruits on the green roof at Breaking Ground Contracting […]

Beautiful Monarch Finds the Breaking Ground Green Roof!

This morning, as I was enjoying  a quiet moment on our amazing green roof here in Jacksonville, FL, I was privileged to spy the beautiful Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) shown in the attached pictures. We had just had a long […]