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Securing Covers on Low Tunnels

Tags: winter gardening, season extension, Cindy Conner, Virginia

 low tunnel-fall greens

Building low tunnels that are about 30 inches tall to protect your crops through weather that is outside of their comfort zone is fairly easy to do using plastic pipe and plastic sheeting. You will find directions for this at Homeplace Earth. The tricky part is securing the covers. I have seen directions to make the cover with enough plastic sheeting on each end to draw it together to tie to a post in the ground. Sometimes the design calls for simply gathering the extra….

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/securing-covers-on-low-tunnels-zbcz1412.aspx#ixzz3LjHXzZSW

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Farm fresh from home

A catalogues of vegetables

Garlic is Chandran Chaliyakath’s big test this year. Their wiry, green stems grow out of a couple of plastic cans on his terrace. Last year, he harvested onions. “I got about 20 kgs,” says Chandran who makes metal grills and shutters for a living and grows vegetables for passion. In the past eight years, ever since Chandran moved into his new house in Cheruvannur built on 10 cents of land, his family began to grow vegetables. From…

More here: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/farm-fresh-from-home-in-kozhikode/article6686308.ece

These Green Roofs Are More Than Just A Garden, They’re Also A Power Plant

Green roofs produce food, cool buildings, and add a dash of color to the skyline. In the future, could they also generate electricity?

That’s the vision of Marjolein Helder and her Dutch startup Plant-e. Helder has developed a modular system that generates power from submerged plant roots. Eventually, it could power whole households, she says.

More here: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3039194/these-green-roofs-are-more-than-just-a-garden-theyre-also-a-power-plant

10 December 2014

Gardening

Gardening gifts and what not to give! Click here

Weeds, seeds and bees! Click here

Making a Mali an organic garden. Click here

Food

Green food awards. Click here

Farming

Signs you’re a farmer. Click here

Climbing to green success

The 2014 Urban Food Awards celebrate the capital’s urban spaces used to grow fresh fruit and vegetables

The Castle Climbing Centre Green Lanes Stoke Newington
The Castle Climbing Centre Green Lanes Stoke Newington. Photograph: Jamie Lau

A look at the shortlists reveals some impressive endeavours, including the Crisis Skylight Cafe and urban cheesemaker Wildes Cheese. The awards are part of Urban Food Routes, an initiative supported by the Mayor of London and Seeds of Change. The success of those shortlisted demonstrates the brilliant use that funding and advice from the project can be put to.

Pressed into action

You may expect just adrenaline and chalk dust at the Castle Climbing Centre, set in a Victorian ex-pumping station in Stoke Newington. But it also boasts a hardcore sustainability policy, an organic garden and a cafe that was nominated in the eatery category.

Cafe manager Jojo Heather says: “We are a green space…

More here: http://www.theguardian.com/seeds-of-change/2014/dec/08/climbing-to-green-success

3 December 2014

Gardening

Going organic in Yass. Click here

Indoor vegetables! Click here

Grow your own food for health! Click here

Canberra’s gardening heroes! Click here

Landrace gardening, a review. Click here

Farming

Next Gen roof farm! Click here

The business of Urban Farming. Click here

It’s all about the soil (association). Click here

1 December 2014

Urban Farming

Backyard farming in the Solomon Islands. Click here

Gifts for the urban farmer. Click here

An urban faming revolution. Click here

Ramada hotels push urban farming. Click here

The new Indian vegetarian. Click here

Crop swaps: an answer for surpluses in urban ag. Click here

An app for urban farmers. Click here