Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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reason for growing tomatoes from seed is to guarantee the plants are non-GMO heirloom," says Lipsey. Her resulting tomato plants became a focal point of her 2015 garden. Sharing the Dirt on Soil Nutrient-rich soil is the foundation for a beautiful garden. Lipsey improves her soil through vermicomposting using red wiggler worms, which break down food scraps and create microorganisms benefcial to the soil. An alternative is to make vermi tea from the worm castings and spray it on plants for natural protection against plant diseases. On top of her garden's healthy compost layers, she prefers mulch, mainly because it retains moisture better than pine straw. Another natural, chemical- free and inexpensive method Lipsey prefers for building her garden is called "lasagna gardening." The name refers not to the pasta but to layering organic materials that will be absorbed over time, resulting in rich soil that helps plants thrive. Lasagna gardening creates new beds through several simple steps, Lipsey says. First, take cardboard, remove all the tape and break it down to fat pieces. Then cover the new bedding area with a layer of cardboard, making sure to overlap grass or weed areas so nothing can grow. Cover the cardboard with a three- inch layer of compost, and then cover the compost layer with wood mulch. The bed will need to lie dormant for BALLANTYNE | feature ClassicaHomes.com S I M P L Y I N D E S I G N INSI DE & OUT Providence Retreat mid $600's to $800's 4428 Country Lane Charlotte, NC 28270 704-507-2907 Cureton $600's - $800's 2900 McPherson St Waxhaw, NC 28173 704-243-0032 The Meadows at Cheval $500's - $700's 13620 Castleford Dr Mint Hill, NC 28227 704-573-2800 Models open daily at all 3 Neighborhoods 2014 & 2015 Charlotte Builder of the Year Sunlit Walkout Basement Homesites Available te Best R. Timothy Curran, JD, CFP ® ynne B. Curran, Financial Advisor 704-499-9703 Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through TWC Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor. The Finance Couple and TWC Wealth Management are separate entities from LPL Financial. THE FINANCE COUPLE TM W Conveniently located in Ballantyne ■ continued from page 37 40 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SPRING 2016

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