May's focus at BlogHers ACT Canada is on eco-gardening. Does this sound redundant to you? Ideally, all gardening practices would be ecologically friendly, but the fact of the matter is, many are not.
Every year, thousands of gardeners all over North America head out to shop for flowers and vegetables, taking all kinds of non-biodegradable plastics home along with their plants. Most municipalities do not recycle these pots and flats, which then end up in landfill sites.
In her Where Organic Gardening and Meditation Meet, Alameda Garden's Claire Splan point to this NYT Article, Dharma in the Dirt, by Patricia Lee Brown. The article profiles Wendy Johnson who is part of the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Northern California.
When we think of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables, the image we get is the picture of health. Barfblog
reminds us that whether it is a 10 x 10 backyard garden or a 1,000 acre commercial enterprise, food safety is still important. Thanks to them for pointing us to the UC Davis Home Garden Food Safety publication list.
This month at BlogHers ACT Canada, we're going to be focusing on Greener Gardening. This month's first post zeroes in on some great web content that will provide any gardener who aims to garden in a more green manner with some great tips for getting started.
Later this month, stay tuned for:
I promised you an entire post on planting, growing and carrying for your tomato plants. Almost everyone with a garden of some kind decides to grow tomatoes; they are by far the most popular vegetable (well, actually fruit.. ) that's grown. So let's get digging.
It's a gorgeous Saturday for you (I hope). As spring moves north 10 miles/day, more are beginning to feel the warmer days and cool nights that typify this time of year. We just can't help it. We want to get out and plant something to experience the season of rebirth and renewal. I've already discussed preparing your soil and pots; today, how to successfully plant almost anything.
It comes down to the golden rule of planting:
Dig a hole $10 dollar hole for a $1 plant.
But what does this mean?
This weekend I planted a very special part of my garden: the pots of succulents that grace my front steps and the kitchen pot garden that I keep on my back deck. Why?
Container gardening gives you options that you might not otherwise have in gardening:
Plants that can be moved with the sun
Plants where you want them, whether there is dirt or not
Plants to experiment with
Plants even when you have very little space.
Plants replaceable for seasonal color.
I spent time this morning reading the wonderful posts that populate "hobbies" in the BlogHer news feed. Posts that are touching, funny and I fear way too often completely overlooked. They shouldn't be. So let me shine my editor's light on some of the remarkable writing on my beat.
Kelly from Donna Mills Diva comes from a family of private pilots. After learning, last week, that her cousin was killed in a flying accident, yet contemplating the warming weather that will allow her to take off in her family's float plane, Kelly asserts I WILL FLY:
I’ve often heard of the need for a garden to have “good bones”--a strong basic structure on which everything else is built. But with each passing year I’m becoming more aware that we gardeners need to have good bones too. Lucky for us, strong, healthy bones can be a by-product of gardening itself.
With spring just around the corner you may find yourself thinking about this year's garden. If the weather's still too raw to venture outside, digging into a garden book is the next best thing. The Curious Gardener's Almanac is a compendium of both gardening advice and garden lore, and a cozy way to wile away those last winter days.
For a review of the book and a chance to win a free copy, check out my blog post here
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