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Urban gardeners plotting on the roof, in the streets of Portland

“Urban gardening is very hot right now. It comes and goes. The farm-to-table movement that says food should be fresh and food should be local” drives the trend, she said.

By Kathleen Pierce
Bangor Daily News
May 14, 2016

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For rooftop gardens, where full sun can beat down all summer long, an irrigation system helps.

“The soil gets really dried out. It’s important to have a cover on the soil. We mulch with a thick layer of hay, which retains the moisture and absorbs the heat,” said Mailander. “If you don’t have an irrigation system, you’ll have to water and mulch often.”

To get the soil up five stories, Avesta used a crane. But Mailander recommends independent homeowners use what’s handy. “Compost, leaves, manure … garden in place,” is her motto.

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You can now rent chickens in British Columbia

“I’ve already booked all my rentals for 2016,” said Fraser. “There’s a wait list. We sold out by February and people just started getting their orders.”

Vancouver Sun
May 12, 2016

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“Renting is the way to try it out without committing to buying and building your own coop and raising your own chicks, and finding out they are actually roosters instead of hens,” said Fraser. who lives in Saanich, a suburb of Victoria. “It’s a way for you and your family to try out chickens. They are fun to have around.”

Rent The Chicken comes with two or four egg-laying hens, a mobile coop, food and water dishes, and a food supply, including dried meal worms, which chickens apparently love.

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More community garden workers strip off for World Naked Gardening Day

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‘Flower pot men’ Jim Coleman and Peter Whalley caused a stir in Great Harwood, UK

By Jon Macpherson
Accrington Observer
May 12, 2016

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Fellow volunteer Sandra Robinson praised the ‘flower pot men’ for their bravery and sense of humour.

She said: “I became aware of World Naked Gardening Day through social media and when I got to Churchfield House Jim and Peter were already there.

“I said to them ‘right lads it’s naked gardening day so are you getting your kit off?’ and they were up for it straight away.

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