By seanealy I try to do as much as I can by hand in the garden. This is partially because I try to live as frugally as possible. But it’s also because I’m unwaveringly stubborn. Just ask my wife! When we first started our market garden, I had grand delusions of farming 3 acres with … Continue reading 6 Tools I Can’t Live Without in the Garden
By jacqueslebec Red Potatoes in the nearest raised bed, Russets in the bed on the far side.[LEFT] A bright sun greeted me this morning when I rose from bed and climbed the two flights of stairs to where the coffee is. There was frost on the pumpkin even though the temperature was well above freezing … Continue reading I planted Potatoes today, it’s good to be an optimist.
by TOADSTOOLSFAIRYRINGS All around spring is flowering in the branches. The croaking of the Sandhill cranes will now and then fill the blue-clouded skies as they pass along on their long pilgrimage. From out of the earth the green force of life is brimming in a flowery haze, all things stretching forth with new, fresh gr..... … Continue reading Gardens of Dreams
by Anne Marie Orlando The Superbowl is over and Valentine’s has passed. We are finally in the last stretch of Winter! What better way to make it go by faster than to plan out your Spring garden! Before you give any excuses as to why not, hear me out. It is possible to work full-time and … Continue reading Too Busy For a Garden? Think Again!
Gardening The harvest starts for some. Click here Saving money and doing great gardening. Click here Farming Learning to farm organically as a WWOOFer. Click here NY techie returns to aid Indian organic cotton farming. Click here One farmer's cheerful view on farming. Click here Cow power and the wonder of great pasture. Click here … Continue reading 27 July 2014
To-day I start a series of articles on the art of living small. This is definitely an art. It calls for a mind shift from consumption to production. To paraphrase Bill Mollison: if just 10% of us grow food in our own gardens, the world changes. Gardening is but one part of the Living Small … Continue reading Living Small. Gardening Part 1.
This year I grew a trial patch of five ‘Cherry Red’ potato plants from January 27th through June 13th. A crazy-early start, even for Northern California. And 137 days is a long time to wait for “new” potatoes. But the plants did well, grew very tall, and flowered even though they suffered some water stress in the spot where they grew. The harvest was well over 5 pounds. I didn’t include the weight of some of the potatoes because their eating quality was spoiled by growing too close to the surface.
Luckily, high stolon-set is a characteristic I love in a potato variety and this one may have everything we look for in red-skinned urban farm growing conditions. It’s a tall plant that sets stolons high on the stem. The stolon length is among the largest I have seen with potatoes growing over 2 1/2′ from the main stem. The…
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Gardening Treated seeds bad for bees! Click here High rise gardening! (A slide show.) Click here More vertical gardens. Click here Veggies grow better amongst flowers. Click here Food How far has your food travelled? Click here To reduce waste, eat within "100km". A Chennai example. Click here 101 bright spots in the global food … Continue reading 13 June 2014
A noble project!
I’ve made a project outline to try and inspire myself to research as thoroughly as possible (what can I say, I’m a planner). Below is a rough starting point for my research.
- Project: Design a sustainable living community that is as close to self-sustaining as possible (this includes food, water, buildings, and energy). Focus on making the smallest environmental impact possible, and include a list of tentative but realistic costs for each part of the community (land, building structures, farming equipment, etc.). Also, be sure to include a general timeline for the process of starting up the community (gathering experience, finding land, building structures), as well as a list of necessary/ helpful skills that would aid in creating a sustainable living community.
- Possible Research Topics: Organic gardening, livestock, climate zones, maximizing crop production (green houses, crop rotation, perennials), garden design, existing sustainable communities, best locations for such a community…
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Gardening Nepalese guide to growing organic. Click here Organic fungicides, these ones are simple too. Click here Get to know your neighbours, especially if you see them growing fruit! Click here Farming Some Queensland, Australia, farmers longing for frosts. Click here New Indian Prime Minister, Modi, calls for more organic farming in his homeland. Click … Continue reading 12 June 2014