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Ecocirclegarden.jpg (1753×1240) America's Gardens Are Warmer in 2012 - National. One way to tell that the world (or at least this country) is warming is to take a look at the map the USDA puts on the back of seed packets, which shows that winter temperatures have risen pretty much everywhere in the U.S.

America's Gardens Are Warmer in 2012 - National

The Department of Agriculture released an update to the 1990 version of its "Plant Hardiness Zone Map," which classifies the U.S. into 26 different temperature zones based "average annual minimum winter temperature" so plant growers can decide what sort of seeds will germinate and thrive where they live. The 1990 version is based on data collected from 1974 to 1986, while the new one's based off of a broad timespan of 1976 to 2005. The new map reveals much milder winters than in the past. The USDA "repeatedly tried to distance the new zones on the map from global warming," according to the AP, but with headlines like "Global warming felt in gardens" you can guess what angle news organizations went with. Seed Bombs: Walk-By Guerrilla Gardening : EcoLocalizer - StumbleUpon. Gardening - Advice: Pest and Disease Identifier.

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Edible Garden. The Guerrilla Gardening Home Page. Grow The Easiest Garden on Earth. Cool Thumb-controlled Watering Pot Made With Recycled Materials : Fun In The Making. I got the idea to make these thumb controlled pots from the pottery ones I’ve seen at Historic Williamsburg.

Cool Thumb-controlled Watering Pot Made With Recycled Materials : Fun In The Making

The original earthenware “thumb pots” were used in 17th and 18th century English gardens. I reproduced this clever watering device using salvaged plastic bottles and jugs. It is ideal for watering delicate seedlings. I use this watering pot all the time now. To Make: Find a suitable “pot.” Drill a hole in the center of the cap of your container. How it works: It works similar to holding your thumb over the top of a drinking straw. 1. 2. 3. 4. How to hold a thumb pot. The $1 garden by Jonathan Nunan Issue #122. The dollar garden is simple in concept: buy as many seeds as you can for one dollar and harvest as much food as possible from the plants you grow.

The $1 garden by Jonathan Nunan Issue #122

You see, sometime last year my mother, Susan, read something somewhere that claimed a tomato cost some incredible amount to grow on your own. Mom—whose plan to build a house out of firewood worked out just fine—made it her mission to grow as much as she could on as small a budget possible. Mom currently resides on a nice piece of central Pennsylvania acreage which allows her to plant large amounts of just about anything; she remembers all too well, however, the days when she lived in town ("when I got my water from the city and my eggs from the grocery store"). To make her results easily duplicated by anyone with a small to moderate amount of yard space, she limited our growing area to a six by ten foot plot.

Starting the seeds We lucked out when it came to seeds. Preparing the soil Soil preparation began well before warm weather hit. Harvesting. Flora's Blog- Flora Grubb Gardens.