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The Indian Kitchen Gardener: It’s always Eden on Lavannya Goradia’s Bangalore terrace

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I grow about 35 different vegetables, a few fruits, plants solely for my butterfly friends and lots of herbs.

By Kavya Chandra
The Alternative
May 21, 2014

Excerpts:

I was born and brought up in Baroda and came to Bangalore to practice architecture and design. Currently I run a small studio that specialises in contemporary and environmentally friendly architecture in the city.

Gardening came from my love for cooking that draws inspiration from Jamie Oliver, especially the series of Jamie At Home! After shifting into a bigger space I had the freedom of growing many kinds of vegetables and greens and taken full advantage of my terrace. I now look forward everyday now to home-grown, clean organic produce.

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Craigslist – Story of the loss of a rooftop garden

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Emergency garden eviction sale! – $5 – Vancouver BC

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Tragedy, in the form of the management company for the apartment that I live in, has struck my rooftop garden. Here is the story:

Last summer I started to build a garden on the roof of my apartment building. I had permission to do this. Since I started so late in the season it was all I could do to just get some containers of potting soil up there. Not much grew, but it was this season that was going to be the real deal for me.

Over the course of the autumn and winter I managed to collect some more 5 gallon containers. There is now about 100 containers and planters up there. The management asked me to remove some things, which I did. I was warned that they could at any time ask me to remove more. Well, yesterday I got a letter saying that they wanted me to remove some more. 90 percent more!

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Urban farm blooms in Raleigh, North Carolina

“Right now … farmers aren’t really recognized as entrepreneurs in the urban environment.”

By Justin Quesinberry
WNCN News
May 12, 2014

Excerpt:

Spitzer said one of the benefits of urban farming is the visibility that comes with being downtown. Adjacent the Raleigh City Farm is the newly revitalized Person Street Market, which is part of the North Person Street Business District that USA Today named one of the top up-and-coming neighborhoods in the United States.

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Egyptian Model of a Garden from Middle Kingdom ca. 1981-1975 B.C.

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Pond surrounded by sycamore fig trees with red fruit growing from the trunks and branches

From the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
Period: Middle Kingdom
Dynasty: Dynasty 12
Reign: reign of Amenemhat I, early
Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of
Medium: Wood, paint Copper

Excerpt from the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art:

This model of a garden and portico was discovered in a hidden chamber at the side of the passage leading into the rock cut tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre, who began his career under King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Dynasty 11 and continued to serve successive kings into the early years of Dynasty 12.

In the center of the garden is a pond surrounded by sycamore fig trees with red fruit growing from the trunks and branches. The pond is lined with copper and could have been filled with water. Facing the garden is the porch of a house. Two rows of columns support the roof made of palm trunks split into halves. The rear columns have capitals in the form of papyrus stalks bound together, the capitals of the front columns imitate bundles of lotus. Rainfall is rare in Upper Egypt, but such an eventuality is provided for in three projecting spouts.

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