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Urban farming practices developed in France in 1850 still are used in cities today

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The success of the gardeners of France, from the late 1600’s through the early 1900’s, established urban gardening practices that endure into the 21st century.

By Randy Bell
Michigan State University Extension
June 20, 2013

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Hoop houses (also known as high tunnels) are modernized versions of the cold frame devices used in France in the 19th century. Cornell University and the Regional Farm and Food project published, “High Tunnels,” a useful resource guide for hoop houses. It says, “High tunnels are inexpensive, passive solar structures designed to extend the growing season and intensify production. By protecting crops from potentially damaging weather conditions (frost, temperature fluctuations, precipitation, wind, or excess moisture that delays planting or cultivation), high tunnels also reduce risk and enhance the quality of the harvest.”

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Don’t just go green, grow green In Bangalore, India

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Proud gardener:Jayanagar resident Vijay Satish admires his handiwork. Photo by Niharika Hema Raj.

Many Bangaloreans are turning to gardening to beat stress and veggie prices

By Tania Singla
The Hindu
July 23, 2013

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Garden City (Bangalore) has always had gardening enthusiasts. But, as gracious homes with vast backyards make way for glass-and-chrome edifices, Bangaloreans are looking at more modest spaces to have a go at gardening. So today’s green thumbs have a go at it through vegetable and fruit patches they grow in their backyards, terraces and even balconies. Kitchen gardens don’t cost much and don’t require a lot of time too. Depending on the varieties you want to grow, just an initial investment of Rs. 2,000 can get to started.

Jayanagar resident Vijay Satish says his organic garden meets 90 per cent of his kitchen needs.

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