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Hedges can be a vertical allotment, a linear orchard of hips, herbs, nuts, edible flowers and leaves, fruit and spices
By Mark Diacono
22 Nov 2013
The smaller oriental quince (Chaenomeles sp) provide plenty of fruit that take to regular quince recipes perfectly. Not everyone has room for a quince tree, but a hedge that includes ‘Crimson and Gold’ or ‘Salmon Horizon’ are as flavoursome as they are fruitful. Try a few of the fruits zapped in a blender, passed through a sieve, sweetened with honey and diluted to taste.
Their smell when ripening – they’re picked when still hard in autumn and brought indoors to ripen – is even spicier than regular quince.
December 6, 2013 No Comments
“Every time I see them measuring the vegetable beds for their math class, or harvesting ancient grains out in the garden for a history class, or stealing a taste of a ripe mulberry, I am reminded that there is nothing more transformational than the experience of being in nature.”
By Alice Waters
Clarkson Potter Publisher
Oct 29, 2013
I started my kitchen garden because I was longing for mesclun, that very particular French salad made of distinctive sweet and bitter greens and herbs. I had been daunted by the thought of growing food, but then, driven by desire for that flavour from Nice, I turned my backyard into a salad garden for the restaurant. My success surprised and delighted me. I was so excited to have my yard filled with lettuces I loved.
November 30, 2013 No Comments
Terra cora vessels to water plants
By Josh and Kenny of Growoya
Excerpts from their Indiegogo page:
The Oya is a locally made terra cotta vessel that is used to water plants. It is fired at a temperature that allows it to remain porous; therefore, when the surrounding earth is dry, more water seeps out. This means your plants are receiving the exact amount of water they need, which leads to healthier plants and bigger yields. No surface watering means saving water and less weeding. It also means you only have to water every 7-10 days. Vacations just got easier.
November 21, 2013 Comments Off
Urban agriculture Magazine No. 26
Sustainable financing can be viewed from two perspectives. According to the first, an adequate mix of public and private financing, and significant reliance on local finance options, for any activity is necessary to avoid dependency on external funding (often project related). The second perspective relates to the purpose of the investment, focusing here on value chains in the sanitation and (peri)urban agricultural (UPA) sectors.
November 14, 2013 Comments Off
An illustrated manual
Organisation Des Nations Unies Pour L’alimentation Et L’agriculture
Rome, Décembre 2010
42 pages – in French
Les micro-jardins sont de petits jardins adaptés aux villes et en particulier aux quartiers avec une haute densité de population sans espace autour des habitations. Les micro-jardins permettent aux familles à faibles revenus de produire à la maison des légumes et divers condiments pour enrichir le repas en vitamines et oligo- éléments essentiels pour la santé. La technologie des micro-jardins est simple et peu coûteuse et tout le monde peut cultiver les micro-jardins car ils ne requièrent que peu d’efforts physiques. Les micro-jardins fonctionnent en cycle fermé et permettent ainsi d’économiser l’eau d’irrigation et les engrais.
October 22, 2013 Comments Off
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
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.”
July 27, 2013 Comments Off
‘Practicing Home-gardening’ is a very functional approach to environment conservation practice that provides solutions to micro-climatic challenges that directly impact on food, nutrition, agriculture productivity, poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
Write up and illustrations by Ardhendu Sekhar Chatterjee
Photography and Researcher by Pratap
Layout and Design by Ramakrishna Mahar
Regional Centre for Development Cooperation
SWAD (Society for Women Action Development)
Floating Nursery Season: Dry season
Idea: Starting seedlings around mid November on floating nurseries. Transplanting 7-8 weeks old saplings raised in Pandanus leaf baskets or water hyacinth + mud + cow dung balls as soon as water recedes.
June 12, 2013 Comments Off
It was a eureka moment for Mark Diacono when he was force fed nasturtiums.
By Mark Diacono
31 May 2013
Years ago, when I was just developing an interest in growing, I found myself raving at the television – not Question Time, as you might expect, but at Gardeners’ World. The presenter (I think it was Sarah Raven) was encouraging us to eat edible flowers. Even though I’d never eaten one, I just couldn’t see the point. “Why would I eat something that doesn’t even give me the calories to chew it?” was one of my politer observations.
My now-wife ordered me outside to eat a nasturtium flower. I did as I was told, as I knew it’d be awful. Of course it wasn’t. It was a revelation, genuinely unlike anything I’d eaten before, unravelling in a series of flavours: initially very much like rocket, followed by honey as you get into the nectar, with a short sharp shock of peppery heat at the end.
June 4, 2013 Comments Off
Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in Any Climate Without Artificial Heat or Electricity the Way It’s Been Done for 2,000 Years
By Caleb Warnock
Cedar Fort, Inc.
April 9, 2013
Without fresh, all-natural winter gardening in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries people would have starved to death. The good news is that feeding your family fresh food from your own backyard garden all winter long is far easier and less time-consuming than you might imagine. And you won’t find better-tasting food at any price!
May 9, 2013 Comments Off
Excerpt from Preface to the Fourth Edition:
By Norman Gill
Superintendent, Kumaon Government Gardens
Although nearly a decade since I last edited “Gollan’s Indian Vegetable Garden”, the continued demand for this useful and practical work proves that it has lost none of its deceiving popularity.
It is to be regretted that with many in this country the meat supply takes precedence but we have only to look at the general health of those who study their own garden food supply to recognize the importance of good fresh vegetables. Many argue that vegetables can be purchased cheaper from the bazaar or market gardens than grown.
April 7, 2013 Comments Off
On 1000 square feet of land, backyard farmers can grow enough wheat to bake 50 loaves of fresh bread.
By Sara Pitzer
Storey Publishing, 2009
Sara Pitzer is the author of Homegrown Whole Grains and more than a dozen cookbooks and travel guides. She has studied and written about grains in Amish country in central Pennsylvania, in the southeastern United States, and in California. More recently, she has studied small-scale rice growing in Thailand and quinoa production in Peru. She lives in North Carolina.
A backyard field of grains? Yes, absolutely! Wheat and corn are rapidly replacing grass in the yards of dedicated locavores across the country. For adventurous homeowners who want to get in on the movement, Homegrown Whole Grains is the place to begin.
April 2, 2013 2 Comments
Written by The National Gardening Association
By Paul Simon, Charlie Nardozzi
Paul Simon is a nationally recognized landscape architect, public artist, horticulturist, master gardener, and urban designer. Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality.
Make the most of limited space with vertical growing tips, rooftop gardens, and more
Add beauty and color to your landscape with annuals, perennials, and bulbs
Grow the freshest, healthiest produce possible
March 27, 2013 1 Comment
In the end, the goal of urban community gardens and the key to their success is the same, says Singer: “It’s about growing community.”
By Rhea Kennedy
March 26, 2013
Americans cultivate an estimated 18,000 community gardens, and now more of their growing is taking place in city lots and building rooftops. Urban gardeners see numerous benefits, from a heightened sense of empowerment to a lighter grocery bill to lowered crime rates. Yet challenges to such projects inevitably spring up like crab grass.
March 27, 2013 Comments Off
UK’s ‘I’m an Urban Farmer’ does the interview
From I’m an Urban Farmer
March 20, 2013
In our first of two interviews with expert gardener Alan Titchmarsh we are treated to his recommendations on how to grow our own food in the City.
Having established a career as a gardener and a gardening journalist, Alan also become a media personality through presenting and appearing on programmes such as ’Gardener’s World’ and ‘Ground Force’.
March 21, 2013 Comments Off
Depend on flowers to brighten up your plot and add a little magic to savouries, salads, puddings and cocktails
By Lia Leendertz
22 February 2013
I ate a lot of flowers last year. Not terribly filling, I’ll admit, but they proved to be the most magical of ingredients, turning a green salad into a flowery mead and a scoop of ice-cream into a fairy castle. They earned their keep pre?harvest, too: they looked so at home on the allotment, nestling brightly and dependably among the veg, and providing something to lift the heart even when skies were grey and produce was lacking.
March 1, 2013 Comments Off