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UK’s National Allotments week from 18-24 August
By Richard Hood
26 July 2016
There’s still plenty of sowing and planting to be done in August – Swiss chard, spring onions and spring cabbages can all be sown now, and if you are quick about it, you should just be able to squeeze in a few fast maturing carrots. And to ensure your veg rows crop in precise, regimental, envy-inducing lines, you’ll need one of these. This ruler is made from sturdy beech wood, and comes inscribed with recommended plant spacings – perforated with poke holes for pinpoint sowing. A smaller, 30cm rule is available, but veg growers will get more use from the metre length version.
July 27, 2016 Comments Off on 10 Essential Allotment Gardening Tools
82-year-old Ed Burt shares his secrets
By Michael Erskine
The Manitoulin Express
April 15, 2016
he first learned the art and science of gardening at the foot of his grandfather 82 years ago at the age of five— and a lot of the knowledge he has acquired over the years is contained in his new book, ‘My Journey in the Garden: Ed Burt’s Way of Growing Food’.
“When my grandparents came to Manitoulin they experienced some especially rough winters,” he said. “We didn’t have the transportation we have now. The railroad was 40-50 miles away and if you didn’t have a horse, it was a long way away.” Adding to the distance, the roads in those days were not ploughed in the winter and few people had a car or truck to travel the roads even if the snow wasn’t an obstacle. Growing and storing food wasn’t a hobby or pastime in those early days, it was a survival skill. “I grew up in that environment,” said Mr. Burt.
April 30, 2016 Comments Off on Garden book from Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario
According to 2012 research, close to half of Americans gardened within the past year. Avid gardeners total
at more than 164 million enthusiasts in the US.
We want to inspire people to get outside and give back to the environment through gardening.
March 21, 2016 Comments Off on InfoGraphic: Guide to Gardening and Landscaping
The Royal Horticultural Society offers free advice on growing fruit and vegetables in the greenhouse and garden.
By Toby Walne
12 March 2016
Louise Anand, 43, from Bromley, South London, says she saves up to £100 a year on salads by using her greenhouse to grow rocket, cucumber and tomatoes from packets of seeds that cost no more than £1 each. She also uses the greenhouse to brighten up her home with sunflowers and peonies she has grown from seed.
The make-up artist says: ‘You not only save on shopping by growing fruit and vegetables in a greenhouse, but the food is far tastier as you eat it when totally fresh.
March 21, 2016 Comments Off on People in glasshouses… can save a small fortune says Daily Mail
The Best of West Coast Gardening
By Linda A. Gilkeson
Salt Spring Island
Here is what gardeners on the coast of British Columbia and Washington need to know to adapt their gardening methods to drier, warmer summers, water shortages and extreme weather patterns. Chapters also cover the changing climate, effects of environmental stress on plants, including stress disorders of tomatoes, apples and other crops. The second part of the publication updates information on key pests and diseases of ornamentals and food gardens, including spotted wing Drosophila, European chafer, clubroot, powdery mildew and rabbits.
March 18, 2016 Comments Off on Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update
The company claims the storage capacity is comparable to that of 20 standard refrigerators, meaning it can hold up to 500 kilograms of food.
Designed by Floris Schoonderbeek
Award winner 2015
(Must see. Mike)
Before fridges and electricity existed, digging a hole in the ground was just one of the many ways people went about preserving their perishables. Despite taking its cues from this old method, the Ground Fridge still feels like a fresh idea.
March 7, 2016 Comments Off on Groundfridge – the ultimate root cellar
It turns out that women are the fastest-growing class of new hunters in British Columbia and have been for a decade, driven by a renewed interest in back-to-the-land self-sufficiency.
By Randy Shore
Mar 5, 2016
“People in the city are really engaged with hunting for food and building the skills they need,” said hunting instructor Dylan Eyers of Eat Wild (eatwild.ca). “I run 10 CORE (see graphic) classes a year and they always sell out.”
In order to become a successful hunter, certain financial, physical and psychological barriers must be overcome. Gutting and disarticulating a large mammal in the field takes skill and emotional balance. Hauling a carcass out of the bush takes physical strength. And you’ll need a truck to get it home.
March 6, 2016 Comments Off on It’s time to go back to the land/backyard and grow/hunt/fish-for your own food
On-line Course – Free Video Series
This training walks you through the big questions: Do you have the right space to grow food and where can you find more? Can you actually shrink your grocery bill with a vegetable garden? What tasks should you focus on so you only spend 2 hours (or less) per week while growing lots of food.
If you have dreams of a vegetable garden, or you’ve been growing for a couple years and want to amp up your harvest, or anything in between, I highly recommend Stacey’s work to help you live your dream of nourishing the planet while you enjoy fresh-picked, sun-kissed vegetables that you grew yourself.
February 20, 2016 Comments Off on ‘Grow Your Own Vegetables’ with Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards, Brooklyn
The Green Man’s Guide to Living & Eating Sustainably All Year Round
By Randy Shore
Arsenal Pulp Press
Sep 12 2014
Randy Shore’s father and grandfather grew up on farms, yet he didn’t even know how to grow a radish. Author of “The Green Man” column in the Vancouver Sun, he spent five years teaching himself how to grow food for his family, and then how to use the resulting bounty to create imaginative and nourishing meals the year round. In Grow What You Eat, Randy reveals the secrets to creating and maintaining a thriving vegetable garden, from how to make your own fertilizer to precise instructions on how best to grow specific produce; he also offers advice for those with balcony or container gardens and others who live in small urban spaces. He then shows how to showcase your bounty with delicious, nutrient-packed recipes (both vegetarian and not), including instructions on canning, pickling, and curing, proving how easy and fulfilling it is to be a self-reliant expert in your garden and your kitchen.
February 10, 2016 Comments Off on Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow
Vyas Sivanand gets four urban gardeners and organic farmers to share tips with beginners
By Vyas Sivanand
23rd January 2016
Padma Kesari, a 49-year-old homemakre, lives in JP Nagar. After her two children went abroad for higher studies in 2013, she started her journey with gardening.
She has a piece of 5,600-sq ft residential plot in Sahakar Nagar, where she grows vegetables, fruits and flowers without pesticides or other chemicals. Her main objective is to keep the plot litter-free and address the concern of the food we eat and where it comes from. This is also her effort to retain the city’s green cover.
January 30, 2016 Comments Off on In Bengaluru, India, They Sow, Nurture and Colour the Yard Green
The directions below detail construction of the hive’s base and inner and outer covers, plus five supers for collecting honey
By Cam Pauli
January 14, 2016
Take advantage of winter downtime and start your beekeeping venture now, before the pollinators become available for delivery in early spring. Assuming you possess basic carpentry skills—and the tools that typically accompany them—this weekend project will set you back about $60 in materials (compared with $125 to $150 for a store-bought beehive).
January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Building a Beehive for $60 in materials
How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days
By Peter Burke
Chelsea Green Publishing
Date September 18, 2015
The Low-Tech, No-Grow-Lights Approach to Abundant Harvest
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers good news: with nothing more than a cupboard and a windowsill, you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need for the winter months (or throughout the entire year) with no lights, no pumps, and no greenhouse.
Longtime gardener Peter Burke was tired of the growing season ending with the first frost, but due to his busy work schedule and family life, didn’t have the time or interest in high-input grow lights or greenhouses. Most techniques for growing what are commonly referred to as “microgreens” left him feeling overwhelmed and uninterested. There had to be a simpler way to grow greens for his family indoors.
October 23, 2015 Comments Off on Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening
Design agency, Ghergich & Co., teamed up with FIX to produce an article, with custom graphics, that explains how to grow edible plants indoors all season long
By Tafline Laylin
Aug 18, 2015
Indoor Growing Systems
For people who don’t have time or the green thumb to tend even a low-fuss garden indoors, there are great foolproof systems for growing food. From simple indoor hydroponics19 and vertical growing systems that maximize space to high-tech systems inspired by NASA,20 a number of new products afford busy urbanites an opportunity to enjoy fresh food grown at home without having to do any of the work.
October 13, 2015 Comments Off on Graphics: Low Maintenance, Indoor Edibles
Green grapes with seeds grow next to our garden gate
By Bronywn Smyth
1. Rinse and de-stem grapes. Remove any bad grapes (e.g. moldy).
2. Place grapes in a large pot. Use a potato masher and mash grapes, bruising them so that the grapes start to release their juices.
3. Place on stove over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the grapes from burning on the bottom of the pot. Grape skins will start to make their way to the surface.
4. Remove from heat. Use the potato masher to help the grapes release more juice.
September 19, 2015 Comments Off on Making Grape Juice at City Farmer
Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden – Microgreens – Sprouts – Herbs – Mushrooms – Tomatoes, Peppers & More
By Elizabeth Millard
Cool Springs Press
June 15 2014
It takes just a few dollars and a few days for you to start enjoying fresh, healthy produce grown indoors in your own home. Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basement.
May 25, 2015 Comments Off on Indoor Kitchen Gardening