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Urban Gardening. SPIN-Farming - How to farm commercially on under an acre. Open source garden automation project. What is GardenBot?

open source garden automation project

GardenBot is an open source garden monitoring system. This site is a collection of tutorials for how to build things (like a soil moisture sensor), software for running GardenBot, resources, links, and more. Raised Bed Planters, Square Foot Gardening Grids, Square Foot Gardening Boxes.

Build Your Own Raised Bed Garden. Growing your veggies in raised beds offers many benefits to the average backyard gardener.

Build Your Own Raised Bed Garden

One of the most common refrains among gardeners every spring is that they can’t wait to get started. Raised beds offer the opportunity to do just that. Because raised beds are built above the ground, the soil in the bed is warmer than the soil in the ground, meaning you can get gardening earlier by growing in them. By getting started earlier, you can harvest food earlier.

You can also harvest longer into the end of the season, extending the length of your growing season. Another great benefit to raised beds is that you can customize the soil that you grow in. Building your soil from the bottom up means you will not have to till out rocks, roots, and other matter that inhibits healthy plant growth. Raised garden beds: hugelkultur instead of irrigation. Raised garden bed hugelkultur after one month.

raised garden beds: hugelkultur instead of irrigation

Bioswales. Bioswales When it rains, water runs off hard surfaces like roofs, roads and sidewalks.

Bioswales

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.

When it rains, water runs off surrounding areas into a bioswale. At the Garden, three bioswales has been completed as part of the Sustainable Landscapes and Buildings project. During a massive storm in November 2005, the Garden’s first bioswale successfully managed over a foot of rainfall over the course of a week! Hugulkultur Next to the Driveway. We’ve got lots of old, rotting firewood that’s cut too big for our fireplace stove.

Hugulkultur Next to the Driveway

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?!

Please note that my Love trusts my decision making abilities in many, if not all, other areas of our lives, but he can see the crazy behind my eyes when it comes to gardening. He’s probably got the right idea here. Hugelkultur in 60 seconds- hugel culture. SUZY BARTELS HAY BALE GARDENING. VG Multiclip Widescreen Player. 4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel. 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.

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel

Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I've boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest. 1. Select and prepare a container. Potato Towers & Living Fence Posts - Urban Farmer of Seward. Learn How to Grow Potatoes in a Bucket Through Catchy Song and Animation (Video) Topic Simple/Video screen capture.

Learn How to Grow Potatoes in a Bucket Through Catchy Song and Animation (Video)

6,000 lbs of food on 1/10th acre - Urban Farm - Urban Homestead - Growing Your Own Food. How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres. UPDATE: The response we have received from this short story is amazing, but created many questions from subscribers who needed further information.

How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres

We have since looked into this and are happy to share with you detailed information on this amazing organisation called Growing Power. It would appear that there are many subscribers of Wake Up World who have been tasked with a similar project in their local community (though perhaps not on this scale) and we trust that the new article will be of use to those who required further details. Click here for a detailed explanation of how the below is done, though we suggest watching the below movie first as it is not included in the new article. American Community Gardening Association. Growing Shiitake Mushrooms is Easier Than You Think. Written by Mindy on January 17th, 2013 Did you know that shiitakes are easy to grow in the home garden?

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms is Easier Than You Think

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.Any hardwood will work. This includes chestnut, sugar maple, beech, alder, and gum but there favorite is oak. Mushroom Growing Tutorial. Amaranthus, King of “Grains” « The Arid Land Homesteaders League. Amaranth, pigweed Amaranthus spp.

Amaranthus, King of “Grains” « The Arid Land Homesteaders League