Archive | 27 July 2012

Garden trends (Google / Raindrops Cisterns)


But arguably the most significant trend is the emergence of what are being called “urban knights” – a growing army of new do-gooder green thumbs who are creating food and flower gardens wherever space will allow – on abandoned building sites, rooftops, balconies, alley ways, and in the limited space of their own front yards.

According to Susan McCoy, of the U.S.-based trend-spotting Garden Media Group, this new generation of gardeners is composed of environmentally-conscious Gen Xs and Ys who believe in the power of plants and regard plants as “no longer a luxury, but a necessity for our lives.”

This new horticultural ground force knows that “plants can live without us, but we can’t live without plants.

CONTAINER GARDENING

Read at : Google Alert – container gardening

http://rdcisterns.com/2012/01/06/garden-trends-2012/

Top garden trends for 2012

Plants that do more and cost less. Water saving strategies. Black and amber foliage. Small-space landscaping. Metal décor. Growing up (vertical gardening). And a bigger focus on front yards over back yards.

These are just a few of the hot gardening trends for 2012 that have been identified by various experts around North America and beyond.

But arguably the most significant trend is the emergence of what are being called “urban knights” – a growing army of new do-gooder green thumbs who are creating food and flower gardens wherever space will allow – on abandoned building sites, rooftops, balconies, alley ways, and in the limited space of their own front yards.

According to Susan McCoy, of the U.S.-based trend-spotting Garden Media Group, this new generation of gardeners is composed of environmentally-conscious Gen Xs and Ys who…

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Plastic bottles for growing and planting saplings (Drawings by Liesbeth ORMEL / Captions by Willem Van Cotthem)


CONTAINER GARDENING

How to use a plastic bottle for growing and planting saplings ?

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CÓMO HACER LA HUERTA VERTICAL DE BOTELLAS DE PLÁSTICO (Willem Van Cotthem)


CONTAINER GARDENING

VIDEO : This video was prepared as a document with photos by a Spanish-speaking friend of which I lost his email-message.  Hoping to locate him again.

CÓMO HACER LA HUERTA VERTICAL DE BOTELLAS DE PLÁSTICO

http://youtu.be/2mx-lzPz2DM

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VIDEO : Sustainable food aid at home – PART 1 (Willem Van Cotthem)


CONTAINER GARDENING

Please have a look at my newest video (the English version of the former in Spanish) :

Sustainable food aid at home – PART 1

http://youtu.be/zj6Vx5sAI6w

 

 

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Book Check–Small-Space Container Gardens


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Spring is fast approaching. Garden thoughts are starting to focus on plans for the upcoming season.

Fortunately, American author, Fern Richardson, has written a rich resource for gardening on the small scale, entitled Small-Space Container Gardens–Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs. (Timber Press, 2012)

If you have ever dreamed of having a garden but are constrained by price or space, this is the book for you!

Fern Richardson, blogger and master gardener, has compiled a handbook of hints, advice and photos to inspire any wannabe gardener.

In less than 200 pages, the reader is introduced to the concept of container gardens, their delight and challenges.

Richardson’s book is divided into 9 chapters. Each segment is written in user-friendly gardening tone, enabling the reader to learn the fundamentals of working in small spaces, plant choices, pest management and aesthetic approaches to…

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Waging War on Slug Terror


Eve's Leaves

Slugs are ruining my life. Well almost. Not quite my life but certainly my veg patch.

I get so excited when inspecting the garden that things are germinating and starting to grow, and then a few days later I look again to find the place is a massacre, nothing left but slug snot. It’s becoming a regular occurrence, and my hate of the slug is growing fast (unlike many of my vegetables).

Thanks to all the wet weather we’ve had recently slugs are multiplying like there’s no tomorrow. The fact that we didn’t really have a very long cold snap this winter is also another reason why slugs will be so prevalent this growing season. I live in town and we have a huge amount of cats on our street that regularly using our garden as a loo (don’t get me started….). Because of the high number of cats we have very…

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Size Dosen’t Matter it’s How You Use it That Counts


Eve's Leaves

No space is too small to have an edible garden be it a windowsill, balcony, roof top, courtyard, alleyway or steps. An edible container garden brightens up any space, provides you with a tasty treat and is a welcome refuge for wildlife in an urban environment.

My very first gardening adventure was a small pot of herbs rammed into a tiny spot of sunlight in the alley of a flat in Oxford. It wasn’t a great success, a couple of house parties later you couldn’t seed the herbs from cigarette butts and wine wasn’t a good subsitute for water, however it fired up my passion for gardening and lead me on to bigger and better things. You’ve got to start somewhere!

The container is a good place to start and it can be anything from a pot, window box, urn, grow bag, hanging basket and any other improvised container. Absolutely anything…

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