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Growing your veggies in raised beds offers many benefits to the average backyard gardener.
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Bioswales When it rains, water runs off hard surfaces like roofs, roads and sidewalks. Most of the water that falls on typical grass lawns turns into runoff, too. In New York City, stormwater runoff goes into the same combined wastewater system as sewage from homes and businesses. During many storms, so much water enters the system that the wastewater treatment plants are overwhelmed, and millions of gallons of stormwater and raw sewage are released into the area’s waterways. The Queens Botanical Garden is trying to manage all of the rainwater that falls on our site to help prevent this kind of pollution.
We’ve got lots of old, rotting firewood that’s cut too big for our fireplace stove. Personally, I STINK at splitting firewood and husband has said that if I were to acquire a chainsaw, he would render it inoperable in order to save me from myself. In his own words, he doesn’t think that I would have trouble handling the equipment. He thinks that I would take on projects that were too big for one person, try to do them myself, and somehow damage our property or that of our neighbors. hmmm… does this guy know me or what?!
Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow , it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment.
When I was living in southern Mexico a few years back, there were many things that fascinated me about their methods of agriculture... it often displayed a simple, straight-foward and low energy/resource input methodology. One example of this that fascinated me to no end was the use of a specific type of tree (don't ask the species, I couldn't remember even if faced with a firing squad!)
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It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest | TakePart - News, Culture, Videos and Photos That Make the World BetterSeattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed. Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant food forests, with over 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun . At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city's parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards. "Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food," Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement about the food forests to the city's council last week.
Written by Mindy on January 17th, 2013 Did you know that shiitakes are easy to grow in the home garden? Well they are and they only require a few items beyond the spawn (seeds). But before you jump into the fungus business, there are a few things you will need to know. Shiitakes will produce 6 to 18 months after inoculation and will continue to produce for four to six years.