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In Trier und Umgebung gibt es jede Menge ungenutzte Flächen, die sich hervorragend zum Anbau von Gemüse, Obst, Kräutern und anderen Pflanzen eignen. Unser Ziel ist es, derartiges Brachland ausfindig zu machen und daraus einen Gemeinschaftsgarten entstehen zu lassen.
Photo: New York Botanical Garden Laying mulch before the winter gives your soil a head start for the next growing season. It also protects delicate plants, adding the equivalent of a whole zone level to those that might not be hardy enough for the area. Kristin Schleiter, the acting Director of Outdoor Gardens at the New York Botanical Garden , shares some tips to make the most of mulch. When choosing the type you want to lay in your garden, avoid mulch made of raw wood (because it robs the soil of the nitrogen plants require) and any that are artificially dyed (since they add extra chemicals to the garden). The New York Botanical Garden prefers leaf mold (pictured above), which you can make yourself in the backyard, and pine bark mulches (right).
Inspired by Annette's Modern DIY Outdoor Planter post , Apartment Therapy reader Chris shows us all how easy this project was to recreate... Thank you for your post on Annette's modern DIY outdoor planter . I immediately went to Home Depot to replicate it in my barren back patio. Since the patio was not even remotely level, I had to pour a concrete footing for the blocks.
My newest buzzword for 2011 is CSA. I'd never heard the term until recently, but now it seems to be popping up all over, as is interest in sustainable agriculture and urban farming . CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture -- the practice of signing up with a local farm for weekly produce and, in some cases, meat and dairy. I first read about CSA in Kristin Kimball 's recent memoir, " The Dirty Life ," which is justly attracting rave reviews on Amazon. A Manhattan writer who gave up the city for love, she has been farming an organic spread, Essex Farm, in upstate New York since 2003, with her husband, Mark. Essex Farm provides a complete sustainable diet for its 150 members.
It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields . Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution , my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort.
Our Dwindling Food Variety As we've come to depend on a handful of commercial varieties of fruits and vegetables, thousands of heirloom varieties have disappeared. It's hard to know exactly how many have been lost over the past century, but a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International gave a clue to the scope of the problem. It compared USDA listings of seed varieties sold by commercial U.S. seed houses in 1903 with those in the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983. The survey, which included 66 crops, found that about 93 percent of the varieties had gone extinct.
Der Hinterhof ist kahl, warum also nicht ein paar Beete anlegen? Leider ist es nicht ganz so einfach. Wann und wie man als Mieter zum Gärtner werden darf. © kallejipp / photocase.com
Today we have a guest blog from Chris James of Fix the Fells / Nurture Lakeland . Chris decided to lend a hand to the dry stone walling team It was my first attempt at the black art of dry stone walling. Piling rocks on top of each other to build walls. No cement, nothing to bind them except the weight of the rocks and the skill of the waller in linking the intricate shaped rocks into infinite combinations; a 3d jigsaw stretching miles into the distance. I was spending a morning with a team working for the Fix the Fells project.
Did y’all know that you can take this and turn it into… This? And that this will eventually produce… This?
Happy New Year! Next time you're about to yank an offending plant from your immaculate garden of perennials, think twice: you just might be looking at dinner. Free dinner. Oh, I know what you're thinking: damn hippies! Always eating anything and everything that grows under the sun.