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Last winter planting

All the remaining plants are now in, left over potential give-aways to new gardeners. Now the hot house is empty, another tick-off before leaving for our holiday. Have never grown Star of the Earth before. Such a lovely name. I wonder how big it will grow. (from Kings Seeds)

Added by Robyn Wolfe on July 1, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Newspaper to New Paper

Posted by Meena Kadri of Osocio


Design a package for a street vendor that sells farm-grown vegetables and fruits. The brief required somethig original, easy to use and low cost.


We focused on old newspaper used to wrap vegetables with. Newpaper was used… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Pro Food Is…

By Rob Smart of Every Kitchen Table

What if I told you that America’s food system is broken? What would you say?

Would you defend it by pointing out the abundance of choices offered in today’s average supermarket, estimated to be over 45,000 items? Would you cite that per capita spending on food has dropped significantly over the last 50 years,… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Greetings Earth Dwellers

The hen and chicks (house leeks?) are growing crazy big this season. Here is a shady spot that I am trying to encourage the ground covers in because the dogs seem to leave them alone.

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on July 1, 2009 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

Pasco jail's agricultural program makes work — and food — for inmates

By Erin Sullivan, Times Staff Writer

The jail harvests about 500 heads of lettuce a day to feed inmates and deputies. The new greenhouse unveiled Thursday replaces this one, which was destroyed by a tornado in 2007.

LAND O'LAKES — Chad Free has been in jail since February, after he turned himself in for violating his probation on grand theft… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Martha's Culinary Herb Garden


Martha Stewart's Culinary Herb Garden, a display of the finest culinary herbs personally selected by Martha Stewart and her team of gardening experts, will be one of the highlights of "The Edible Garden," The New York Botanical Garden's campus-wide summer program celebrating edible plants. Martha brings her distinctive design aesthetic to the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 2:44am — 1 Comment

White House holds Ooooby Workshops

Posted by Katherine Brandon Direct from the White House.

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a weekly summer workshop at "The People’s Garden" on the National Mall. The "Healthy Garden" workshop series will show people how to grow a successful garden in any set-up by providing interactive demonstrations in the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

School Envirogroup

The last of three occasions to help out at a primary school for this term. They have had a new garden built and the 28 children have chosen the seeds they want to plant and have drawn up plans of where and how they will grow them.

There is news of Govt. cut-backs for this programme but I am told that the school has already budgeted for this activity next year. The South Waikato District Council is looking to support programmes in schools. Talking with the Pride in Putaruru co-ordinator, I… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 30, 2009 at 11:46pm — No Comments

How I got here

I thought I would share with you how I came to find ooooby.

I have posted my recent gardening experiences on my own blog so rather than do it all again, here are the links, in the order they should be read, rather than last first, if you follow me.

That blog is supposed to be… Continue

Added by Tracy McNicoll on June 30, 2009 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Garden Food Donations for Wellington Matariki Event

Kia ora koutou,

This message is especially for OOOBYISTS from Wellington.

We are hosting a special Matariki event at the Wellington Soup Kitchen to feed 150 people.

I am putting out a request for donated kai such as potatoes, kumara, pumpkins as well as any old warm clothes, blankets, scarves, gloves you want to give away.

All supporters will recieve a report and photos' from the event.

We want to take Matarik to the Homeless and… Continue

Added by Kaye-Maree Dunn on June 30, 2009 at 5:20pm — No Comments


My eyes have been fully opened!

Well the age of evolution is upon us. NO longer is it whether the food is organic or not it is if the food contains the nutrients.

ARE YOU interested in NUTRIENT DENSE food? If so comment on this blog

Added by Claire Mummery on June 29, 2009 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments


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

Added by Sonya on June 29, 2009 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

Oh The Fragrance

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!!

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 29, 2009 at 8:49am — No Comments

A taste of things to come

By Alexandra Hall

Cheaper, simpler, homier, fresher. The new breed of Boston restaurant has nothing to do with status and everything to do with what’s growing in our backyard.

Krista Kranyak, the owner of Ten Tables in… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 29, 2009 at 4:32am — No Comments

Very interesting article on "Sunday" tonight

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

Added by Nathan on June 28, 2009 at 10:42pm — 3 Comments

The Basics Of Composting (Part 1)

What Is Compost?

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

Added by Oz Gardener on June 27, 2009 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Stop Enviroschools Funding? Is this insanity?!

Can we afford for the Enviroschools program to be stopped?

In my opinion, if the government won't pay, then we need to find other ways. We cannot sit and let this insanity happen.

To show your support for the Enviroschools program, please take a moment to pop in a short comment below and send the url of this page to everyone you think might care.

Thanks… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

Michelle Obama Video on Food "Crisis"

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 1:47am — No Comments

Baltimore's City Hall vegetable garden: an update

By Susan Reimer The vegetable gardens planted around Baltimore's War Memorial Plaza, in front of City Hall, have produced more than 1,500 pounds… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

City Restaurants With Food-Growing Gardens On Site


Hyper local cuisine has come to Philadelphia.

In the form of restaurants with small kitchen gardens in which they grow produce that they actually use on their menus.

The first we heard about (in Center City) was Osteria. Rick Nichols recently profiled the small garden they added in their side… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

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