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The Italian Garden Project Old world gardening know-how, traditions, recipes, memories and more...
The mission of The Italian Garden Project™ is to celebrate the joy and wisdom inherent in the traditional Italian American vegetable garden, preserving this heritage and demonstrating its relevance for reconnecting to our food, our families, and the earth.
For several years Mary Menniti has been documenting through video
and oral history how her some of her first generation Italian immigrant neighbors have adapted traditional Old World gardening techniques and plants to Western Pennsylvania's less forgiving climates. One the gardens has even been included in the Smithsonian's Archive of American Gardens.
posted by DarthDuckie
on Jun 12, 2014 -
True Adventures in Better Homes
- Here is a collision of two worlds: men’s adventure magazines or “sweats” meets Better Homes and Gardens. These photocollages are set against the backdrop of the McCarthy era, advertising, sexual repression, WWII and the Korean War. The cool, insular world of mid-century modern living glossed over all danger and darkness, which the heroic male fought off in every corner.
posted by Artw
on Apr 16, 2012 -
Haw Par Villa
, also known as Tiger Balm Gardens
, was quite possibly the weirdest
theme park on the planet. The first park was built in Hong Kong in the 30s, soon followed by another in Singapore. Built by brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, who made their fortunes selling Tiger Balm
, the park was really a sculpture garden devoted to all aspects of Chinese mythology
. Weirdest and most surreal of all was the section of the park which depicted the the 10 levels
of Buddhist hell
, featuring demons dismembering
sinners, and is best described as "if Heironymus Bosch built a putt putt course."
posted by puny human
on Jun 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 -
is a plant trained to grow flat against a wall, fence, or trellis. Developed by the Romans, they were popular in Middle Age Europe as a source of fruit
in castles and monasteries because they could be grown against the keep's stone walls leaving open space unencumbered. Now they are an excellent choice for apartment and condo dwellers with small yards
. For larger yards espaliers
can be used as a decorative feature
, to provide shade
or to increase the variety
of trees under cultivation. University of Florida PDF
detailing the technique.
posted by Mitheral
on Sep 17, 2007 -
The fabulous ruins of Detroit:
"After decades of blight, large swathes of Detroit are being reclaimed by nature. Roughly a third of this 139-square-mile city consists of weed-choked lots and dilapidated buildings . . . rather than fight this return to nature, urban farmers have embraced it, gradually converting 15 acres of idle land into more than 40 community gardens and microfarms — some consuming entire blocks." [note: NY Times link]
posted by ryanshepard
on Dec 9, 2003 -
"Going Wild in Urban America
- To be an individual hunter-gatherer in America is to lead a lonely life." Southern Californian hippy college student alienates friends, gains weight by subsisting on stolen figs (more inside).
posted by troutfishing
on Sep 30, 2003 -
Wild West Yorkshire Nature Diary.
'My diary describes a year in the life of woodland, field, marsh, river, canal . . . and a fairly wild back garden . . . in the Calder valley in coal measures country near Wakefield.'
Richard Bell's nature diary has been online since 1998.
The site's links
leads to more nature diaries and related resources : Ackworth School's natural history diary
, Roseberry Topping
, an environmentally friendly slug trap
, Yorkshire dialect verse
, Notes from Pure Land Mountain
(a journal from countryside
Japan), and more.
Although it's not linked,
An English Country Garden
, chronicling a garden in a small village in Dorset, would not be out of place here; neither would Blackberry Creek Journal
, 'a country newsletter about the seasons, animals, gardens and people of a small Michigan farm'. There is a huge collection of gardening journals and homepages here.
posted by plep
on Mar 20, 2003 -