“People have this idea, because it’s a ‘community’ garden, you’ll have a bunch of people sitting around holding hands, singing ‘Kumbaya,’” says Julie Beals, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC ). “Have you seen an actual community?”
posted by jason's_planet
on Dec 7, 2013 -
Jodie: Life in Warsaw.
A short film about an American woman trying to grow happiness, living in the socialist-era housing estate where her husband grew up.
posted by Flashman
on Mar 20, 2013 -
Paige Johnson works as a nanotechnology researcher at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. [...] Her current landscape research is focused on the strange and fascinating story of atomic gardening, a post-war phenomenon in which plants were irradiated in the hopes of producing beneficial mutations.
Pruned talks to Paige Johnson about atomic gardens.
posted by shakespeherian
on Apr 20, 2011 -
Urban gardening and agriculture are becoming increasingly important as our world becomes more urbanized. Urban Gardening Help
is for those environmentally conscious urban dwellers who want to use hydroponics
and other tools to create a green corner devoted to nature in their own home. Urban Gardens
looks for innovative and eco-friendly designs, trends, and ideas for the stylish urban home. See, for example, tiny herb gardens
, where succulent cuttings come in small packages. Urban Garden Casual
works with the constraints of limited-space, light, and micro-climates created from the shadows of neighboring buildings by using unconventional ideas like the garden pouch.
posted by netbros
on Jul 10, 2010 -
Your new veggie garden.
Early Saturday morning, you and about fifteen others turn up at a strangers home and get to work setting up a veggie garden using permaculture
Once you've done this three times you can put your name on the list to have the horde come to your place. Permablitz
began helping people create home food gardens in Melbourne, Australia in 2006, and the meme is spreading, first to other Australian cities, then to France, Uganda and the Netherlands. The veggie gardens are great, but perhaps even better is the way it is rebuilding the community relationships of mutual support that modern urban dwellers could be forgiven for thinking were gone 19th Century practise of barn raising
posted by compound eye
on Sep 29, 2009 -
is about sustainable living. It offers information, activities and ideas which help us live more simply, efficiently and with less impact on the environment. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jan 8, 2009 -
Planning next spring's garden? Just curious about plants? Then check out Plant Information Online
, which "provides access to: Current Plant and Seed Sources for 107,631 plants... from 1,054 North American firms that will ship plants; Contact information and links... for 2,448 North American retail and wholesale seed and nursery firms; Bibliographic details for 377,083 images of 140,104 wild and cultivated plants from around the world in botanical and horticultural books and magazines from 1982 to the present; and links to expert-selected sites on growing plants in your region of Canada or the US." (Description from website.)
posted by cog_nate
on Nov 4, 2008 -
I first encountered the concept of forest gardening
in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland
(1915) [relevant part pages 79-80]
; the fictional race of women in her book have completely remade the forests to contain only beneficial and food-bearing plants, which live harmoniously together and replenish the soil naturally. This is actually being done
, less than a hundred years later. More
posted by fiercecupcake
on Jul 7, 2008 -
About 15% of the average American's household waste is compostable. Even apartment dwellers can turn their potato peelings and coffee grounds into gorgeous, nutrient-rich plant food with the help of worms.
You can even buy the little dudes online!
Once you have your worm farm set up, the big question is "Can I compost this?"
You may be surprised at how often the answer is, "Yes!"
posted by freshwater_pr0n
on Oct 27, 2007 -
The Cooperative Extension Service
, founded in 1914 in the US by the Smith-Lever Act, was established in concert with the land-grant universities
to develop practical applications of agricultural research, and spread them to farmers and others throughout the country. As part of this education program, the extension programs have produced and collected an extraordinary amount of practical advice, easily accessible to the layman... [more inside]
posted by Upton O'Good
on Sep 18, 2007 -
A revised U.S. plant hardiness map
has been put out by the National Arbor Day Foundation, based on numbers from 5,000 cooperative climate observation stations throughout the United States. The foundation forged ahead
with their own revisions since the official USDA map
update has stalled. One unofficial draft [PDF]
does exist. A USDA spokesperson
said their map delay is because of fine-tuning where to draw the zone lines; the agency also plans to incorporate other data such as wind.
posted by rolypolyman
on Jan 6, 2007 -
is a movement to make public spaces more attractive, by planting in derelict or unattractive public ground. Founder Richard Reynolds has enlisted the help of people similarly dedicated to beautifying public space in UK urban areas, and the movement has inspired other
groups. For people who don't want to dig holes in the ground or get their hands messy, there are instructions for seed-and-run
scenarios. Apparently, even the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
are in on the act.
posted by darsh
on May 18, 2006 -
Bugs to police your garden. "If desired, you can keep ladybug adults from flying by "gluing" their wings shut, temporarily, with a sugar-water solution. Half water and half sugared pop (Coke, Pepsi, etc.), in a spray bottle, works fine."
posted by Gator
on Feb 21, 2006 -