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
Added by James Samuel on June 26, 2009 at 3:40pm —
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!
Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on June 26, 2009 at 1:57pm —
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
Added by octopusgrrl on June 26, 2009 at 10:28am —
Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 9:25am —
hmmm so about time for a bit of an update!
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
Added by Chantel Smith on June 26, 2009 at 9:00am —
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
Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 1:30am —
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.
Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 25, 2009 at 3:59pm —
Check out this article at Gourmet.com. All American family farmers should stay aware of this issue.
Politics of the Plate: Family Farms or â€œFacilitiesâ€�? Food Politics: Gourmet.com
A great article from Gourmet.com. All American family farms should make themselves aware of this issue.
Politics of the Plate: Family Farms or â€œFacilitiesâ€�? Food Politics:… Continue
Added by The Ignorant Gardener on June 25, 2009 at 12:45pm —
Over the last couple of weeks I've been harvesting my big redcurrant bush, one or two small tubs a day. I've given away some of them to neighbours and colleagues because there are just too many to eat myself. About 1/3 of the currants have been harvested up to now.
Today it was really sunny and hot, and when I got home from work I noticed that the ones still on the bush were getting overripe fast so I spent 2 hours picking the ones that… Continue
Added by Robbie Deighton on June 25, 2009 at 10:46am —
As we meandered through the streets of Paris, this window display jumped out at me. Such style. Although quite obviously the carrots aren't real, it just made me realise that the idea of associating gourmet style food with the soil from whence it came is back in fashion. Who knows? Will the next high class restaurant trend be to have your raw food pulled from the soil at your table?…
Added by Pete Russell on June 24, 2009 at 3:00pm —
For my new overseas friends - this is Matariki, the Maori New Year.
As I told the Envirogroup at the local primary school yesterday, a group of stars appears in the month of June just 30 minutes before sunrise. The cluster is called Pleiades. In the olden days the Maori had lookouts appointed waiting for it to appear. Their story is that it is Matariki and her six sisters helping the weakened sun find its way to the south. For three days there is a festival. In the olden times it was the… Continue
Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 24, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Just dug the third and last plant. Yield - 3,1kg and 5 more plants. Now all the plants are buried under a pile of leaves to protect from frost. I'm putting some of the yakon in a casserole.
Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 24, 2009 at 2:50pm —
During our recent visit to France we were introduced to the Jardins Familiaux (Family Gardens) by our hosts in Angers. It comprises of 120 plots of land. Much like the English Allotments, Jardins Familiaux are tended to by avid food gardeners fulfilling their passion… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on June 24, 2009 at 1:30pm —
If this is the year for your first vegetable garden, congratulations! You’re about to embark on a wonderful venture of discovery and fun. You may have some setbacks – even very experienced gardeners do – but, most setbacks are very minor in comparison to the rewards that most of us get from gardening.
Here are my suggestions for all you starting out this year …
Start Relatively Small – For most beginners, smaller is better.… Continue
Added by Oz Gardener on June 24, 2009 at 6:00am —
If you’re looking for a new garden project that will improve both your little piece of the environment and the ecology around you, maybe this is the year to build a rain garden.
Rain gardens have been around for a long time, but they’re becoming increasingly popular as more landowners become conscious of their impact on the overall environment. Rain gardens are simply planned gardens that capture, and filter,… Continue
Added by Oz Gardener on June 24, 2009 at 5:00am —
Just joined and very impressed with the site so far!
The whole idea of feeding ourselves and maintaining our health through our own fresh fruit and vegetables
is a great passion of mine!
Take control of what you eat and suddenly you feel better and start to think about other things in your life (medicine, health care) and how you can take back control there as well!
I now have my daughter planning her vegetable… Continue
Added by John Wood on June 23, 2009 at 11:37pm —
I've still got more trenches to dig, but I decided to plant two rows of garlic in the bit I've already done, then I can leave them to grow through spring and summer and use the rest of the plot for things like potatoes and onions. I used the neat little "Mole" dibber my BFF Sonya gave me for my birthday and planted the cloves about 10cm down, which is what they recommended in NZ Gardener for South Is conditions. I hope I get a better harvest this year, last year's was atrocious - I don't think… Continue
Added by octopusgrrl on June 23, 2009 at 9:18pm —