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Alaska: The Fairbanks Community Garden Saw Its First Frost Sept 3

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Fairbanks Community Garden started in 1979.

Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing at night for the remainder of the week according to the National Weather Service forecast

By Erin Granger
Daily News-Miner
Sept 4, 2017

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“We have brassicas here,” Fiera said as she toured her small gardening plot. “We have kale and cabbages still in the ground over here. I’m also growing celery, flowers, squash, beets, potatoes.”

Among her other vegetables, Fiera also grew a giant Alaskan cabbage this summer that weighed 16 pounds. Her 3-year-old son watered the garden every day with her and won a blue ribbon at the Tanana Valley State Fair for the cabbage, Fiera said.

Signs of frost damage could be seen on Fiera’s potato, squash and bean plants, which were beginning to turn brown along the leaves and stem.

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Philippines: DIY farming for urbanites in Cebu City

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CEBU City is not an ideal place for agriculture. Agricultural lands are limited to the mountain barangays, a lot of which have steep slopes that are hard to farm on. Then there are the other challenges: the financial aspect, lack of water and the failure to innovate.

By Jujemay G. Awit
SunStar Philippines
Aug 30, 2017

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Aside from the newspaper technology, the nursery shows how urban farming can be undertaken using the vertical gardening method, where one could stack two or more five-gallon water bottles with the top capped off. Soil is placed inside the large water bottle, which one will then slash to make a flap where one could plant the seed or seedling.

There is also the hanging garden. Urban residents could hang their potted plants to conserve space. They could also use old rubber tires as a small garden plot, just enough for their daily vegetable consumption.

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New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

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“When we first came 17 years ago the allotments were really dilapidated – with people bringing old doors for fences and lots of old rackety sheds.

By Catherine Priestley
The Advertiser
Aug 28, 2017

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In 2001 the site was under-occupied, overgrown and rundown, with just about half of the plots in use and derelict buildings and rubbish on other parts of the site.

Gardeners, also worried the land was ripe for development, set up South Church Allotment Society to turn around its fortunes.

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