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Asparagus Planting

i've wanted an asparagus bed for a very long time. and today i planted one, that will hopefully last the 20 or so years that they can keep producing. it's occupying a prime spot in what was supposed to be my annual beds. but these beds are increasingly getting taken over by perennials, and i'm okay with that. ultimately more perennials should mean less work. anyway according to the books asparagus likes really good enriched well-drained soil, deep… Continue

Added by Christy Ralphs on July 5, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Shopping in Crouch End



During a little jaunt around Crouch End today I came across a home and garden store that was selling quite tasteful little garden baskets. Simple enough idea and brings out the aesthetic appeal that plastic trays and pots seem to lack.



Also, a suave… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 5, 2009 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

USDA chief spotlights food crops at D.C. garden

Cookson Beecher - Capital Press

Six acres of organic vegetables designed to showcase USDA mission.



During the Feb. 12 dedication of “the People’s Garden,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack dons a hardhat and mans a jackhammer to help remove 1,250 square feet of pavement. As the onlookers cheered, Vilsack… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 4, 2009 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Gardening for Spiritual Food

Author: Terri Fraracci

Native Americans have always understood the blessings of land and water. Respect and care for mother earth is high on their priority list as a continuous "thank you" for the food and drink the planet provides.



Farmers also understand the delicate balance between giving to and receiving… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 4, 2009 at 1:59am — No Comments

Declare your food independence this July 4th

Graphic courtesy of foodindependenceday.org

By Kristen Rezabek

What better way to celebrate our Nation’s Independence Day than to proclaim your food independence by eating a locally-sourced meal this July 4th.



There are an… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 3, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

15 Ways to Eat More Local Food

Find and join a community garden in your area.



As the American Community Gardening Association puts it, community gardening "improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 3, 2009 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Little bit of surgery is all finished.

I am going to spend the rest of the day with my feet up.
The only thing I have done in the garden today was some hand watering. It should not take long for the rain to fall now because I watered the potted plants. LOL

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on July 3, 2009 at 7:42am — No Comments

Change of venue : Sold our DX lifestyle block, downsized to !/5th acre at Kaiwaka.

Lots to do, but at our pace ! Cheers.

Added by Dian & Dennis Patterson on July 2, 2009 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Ooooby meal

Tonight my husband cooked us a delicious meal. All the ingredients were local and some were from our garden.

We had Groper steaks with florence fennel,lime, capsicum, broccoli, bok choy, baby carrots and spinach harvested from our garden tonight. We had the Groper on a bed of mashed potato and we also had some locally grown organic brussels sprouts.

I've been reading the articles about the trend to local food in restaurants in American cities and I feel very grateful that I live with… Continue

Added by Hester on July 2, 2009 at 8:22pm — No Comments

testing html blog post

I wanted to see what would happen if I viewed page source and copied the html off the original blog post. Would I get all the nice formatting.. Well here's how it looked:



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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…

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Added by James Samuel on July 2, 2009 at 7:22pm — 2 Comments

Still Poking Around

haven't quite figured it all out, but its nice to know you are all out there probably like myself spending these sunny days in the garden. I have just planted half of mine at my new rental...such a joy to have a small patch....I want to have chickens as well and I see there is a group which is wonderful as I've never done chickens....so its coop building 101.No pictures yet I am assailed by tech dreak on computer I have camera issues and on the other sound driver blues. My house is very cold so… Continue

Added by marcia salmond on July 2, 2009 at 5:10pm — No Comments

A letter to the local paper

I hope this will 'bear fruit'!!!



Last December a new website was formed by some keen people in Waiheke.

They were interested in bringing like-minded people together to created

social groups interested in Vegetable gardening.

The idea is to share ideas, seeds/seedlings and produce. I read about it in the NZ Gardener and joined.

It is something that would benefit the Tokoroa District as more people are joining the movement of 'growing your own'.

The site is… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on July 2, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Obama’s Presidential Garden

Larger image.

GOOD Magazine shows us a map of the First Garden.



This March, to much fanfare, the Obamas planted a vegetable garden at the White House, the first one since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden there during World… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 2, 2009 at 6:41am — 1 Comment

Oo'Donalds??

[This blog was written by Robert Smart of Every Kitchen Table. It was originally titled O'Donalds, but I couldn't resist adding the extra 'O' and doing a bit of photoshopping. Hope you don't mind Rob. ;-) ]

By Robert… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Garden Update

posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on July 1, 2009 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Urban farming movement 'Like a Revolution'

By Dave M. Matthews

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- On a plot of soil, nestled against the backdrop of skyscrapers in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, a group of residents are turning a lack of access to fresh produce into a revival of old traditions and self-empowerment.



HABESHA Gardens is one of many urban gardens sprouting up around the country. Fruits… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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

BRIEF:

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.



SOLUTION:

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 — 2 Comments

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