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summer walk

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

Added by Robbie Deighton on June 27, 2009 at 6:30pm — 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 — 16 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

Obama Admins Toolkit to Start a Community Garden

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 — No Comments

Growing through the transition

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 — 1 Comment

Poor garden is trying to grow

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 — No Comments

Another trench down

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 — 4 Comments

A new allotment at Buckingham Palace

Thanks for posting this to Ooooby Oz… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2009 at 9:25am — No Comments

winter garden update - JUNE 2009

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 — 2 Comments

A Buzzing Night in Support of New York Urban Beekeeping

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 — No Comments

Green Smoothie Revolution

"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 — 11 Comments

Permaculture & TransFarmer (半農半X)

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

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 — No Comments

Yakon cake

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 — 3 Comments

Family Farms or Facilities

Check out this article at All American family farmers should stay aware of this issue.

Politics of the Plate: Family Farms or “Facilities�? Food Politics:

A great article from All American family farms should make themselves aware of this issue.

Politics of the Plate: Family Farms or “Facilitiesâ€�? Food Politics:… Continue

Added by The Ignorant Gardener on June 25, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Last redcurrant harvest

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 — 1 Comment

Food Gardens in Vogue in Paris

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 — No Comments

Happy Matariki!

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 — No Comments

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