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
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 —
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.
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