I've been excitedly watching my garlic come up, and may sort of be going out to check the patch most mornings... I've got a total of 9 garlic sprouts so far! That's not actually all that many - I probably planted about 50. :D
Not much going on in the garden at the moment, otherwise... My few winter crops are slowly doing their thing. I'm waiting for cabbages (red and standard), bok choi, snow peas, lettuces, and spinach to be ready. We've been steadily using the celery, silverbeet,… Continue
This is a single flower mock orange. The plant itself is about 50 and was a start from my neighbors mother in laws garden. The perfume is just knock you over strong. I will be getting a cutting or two to start some of my own. Yay!!
There was a very interesting article on Sunday tonight, showing how a new green revolution is taking place. Of course we all knew, but it seems the media is cottoning on to the fact that across the nation people are reconnecting with their soil and in some ways their communities by planting their gardens and harvesting and sharing their own crops... awesome. Apparently kids in Ed Hillary School have started gardens at their own homes once they got the gardening bug at school. How wonderful is… Continue
It was a very nice warm sunny evening yesterday so I had a little walk around the neighbourhood. I spent an hour and a half looking at peoples gardens as I walked by. Out of all the back yards I could look into, I would say about 15% were overgrown and badly cared for and about half of them were indifferently cared for (no weeds but mostly lawn). The rest all seemed pretty nice to look at. About half of those were low-maintenance gardens that were… Continue
Compost is simply decomposed organic material. The organic material can be plant material or animal matter. While composting may seem mysterious or complicated, it’s really a very simple and natural process that continuously occurs in nature, often without any assistance from mankind. If you’ve ever walked in the woods, you’ve experienced compost in its most natural setting. Both living plants and annual plants that… Continue
Community Gardens: The Facts
This summer, as President Obama and Congress work together to enact health reform that reduces health care costs for families, businesses, and government; guarantees choice of doctors, hospitals, and insurance plans; and assures quality affordable health care for all Americans, we hope that you will participate by promoting healthy lifestyles in your community – a key to… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 11:00pm —
While in many ways the Transition Initiative is new, it often finds its roots in the past, in a practical make-do-and-mend attitude. There is an interesting emphasis on “re-skilling” communities in traditional building and organic gardening, for example: crafts that were taken for granted two generations ago but are now often forgotten. Mandy Dean, who helped set up a Transition Initiative in her community in Wales, describes how her group bought root… Continue
Still I think I am going to put the greenhouse together earlier than I thought. Perhaps early August if not early July.
Flash flood warnings are out. Still the garden is giving it all the ol' college try!
Managed to get another trench done yesterday before a certain little person got bored and wanted to go inside! Was hoping to do more today but the weather's packing in and I'm developing a cold, joy :/ We'll get there, eventually. In the meantime Robbie wanted to see a photo of what the garden looks like - here's one from the real estate agent just before we bought the place, so about 3months ago? So you can double the size of the weeds ;) Now I think of it, I should have taken some proper… Continue
Several weeks ago, we mulched with grass clippings and crumbled "Pony Poo" on the surface around the veges in the vege patch (50c a bag from the nearby pony club)
Everthing GREW... big...
- Radishes are large and busrting their skins, but not all that spicey. Rather tasty in a stir fry and helps to use them all up.
- the Wong Boc (sp?) are massive and flowering faster than we can keep up. Some of the remaining… Continue
by tressa eaton from Serious Eats New York
Atlanta allows them. So does Denver. Chicago welcomes them to the roofs of City Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center. San Francisco included them as part of their Sustainability Plan. And Michelle… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 3:22am —
"Green Smoothies will save the world!" is a statement I have heard a lot lately.
My wife Katherine is convinced that the combination of a garden and a good blender is the solution to most of the worlds problems. After reading Green for Life she has been experimenting with all sorts of garden greens and exotic weeds from the neighbourhood… Continue
By Eric Lim
Mr. Naoki Shiomi, is the originator of the "Half-Farmer, Half-X" (半農半X)Concept and authored the book carrying the same title, and founded the "Half-Farmer, Half-X Research Center” at Ayabe, Kyoto, Japan. Half-Farming, Half-X Research Center Official Website http://www.towanoe.jp/xseed/
The phrase, "Half-Farmer, Half-X" is drawing much attention as the new key phrase for a… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on June 25, 2009 at 10:34pm —
Today dug eight holes ready for the Ballerina apples and "Samba" crabapples.
Made a cake, ordinary mixture with eggs, cinnamon and mixed spice, brown sugar and chopped up raw yakon. The interesting thing was the yakon in the cake has turned bright green like angelica and still has the crunchy texture - a bit like apple slightly cooked.