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Posted on 17 December 2010 by

Grocery Bag Gardening

grocery-bagBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day I was looking through my garden catalogs and dreaming about all the new gadgets I would like to buy.

One that I came upon was so simple and yet tied directly into the modern day movement of sustainability.

This item was gardening bags.

Studying these bags gave me some ideas. First I came up with reusing empty potting soil bags as my container. These would work but would eventually end up as trash. The next idea I had was using the reusable bags one gets at stores to carry home groceries.

These bags had everything I required for garden bags. They were reusable, had natural drainage, inexpensive, and could be found everywhere. So the journey of the garden bags began.

I started my experiment by Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 27 February 2009 by

Reader Comment: Reasons for Eating Local

eat-local1As you know, we heart the Shibazguyz.

In our post, The Rise of the Localvore (Eating Local), they left a comment noting additional reasons why we should all eat local.

We appreciate their thoughtful comment and wanted to give it proper due in a post all their own.

Read more about their gardening and adventures on their blog.

“We’ve been eating locally and growing our own food for over a year now. We could give you a few dozen reasons to eat locally but here are our main reasons:

1.  Lower our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels
– If every person ate just one local meal a week, we would save 1.1 million barrels of oil a week. We’ll site Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal Vegetable Miracle” as our source for that information. If that isn’t enough to stagger your mind you need to have your pulse checked.

In addition, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 03 February 2009 by

The 100 Mile Diet

100-mile-dietBy Cindy Naas

The more I get involved in growing my own food in a city garden, the more I start to change other aspects of my life.

A lot of people involved in the urban farm movement are staunch supporters of the 100 mile diet, and I am investigating this further, too.

The 100 mile diet- When you buy food at your local grocery store, chances are the produce has traveled 1000 miles or more from farm to your table.

The advocates of the 100 mile diet try to eat only food which is grown within 100 miles of their homes. They claim there are many benefits to buying and eating locally. Here is a list of reasons to do so, from

1. Taste the difference.
2. Know what you’re eating.
3. Meet your neighbors.
4. Get Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30 January 2009 by

Recycled Garden Craft Projects

hoseBy Vanessa Richins

As money gets tighter and the focus on the environment grows, many people are giving their old possessions and found items new life through recycling.

Here are some innovative projects that reuse everyday items.

-Garden Table Made From Pallets

I have always been a little envious of those who had garden luxuries such as greenhouses and potting tables. Homegrown Evolution presents the idea of making a garden table from a pallet.

There are no specific instructions given, but as the picture shows, it is simple enough. A pallet is cut in half and used to create the two-tiered table, held together with a few pieces of lumber. While the table won’t Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 30 December 2008 by

Growing with Rain Barrels

By Cindy Naas

I think that gardeners have a special responsibility to take care of the land we work on, and finding new ways to preserve resources is one way to care for our earth.

Using an old idea, a rain barrel, is one new way to preserve the local water supply and grow a healthier garden.

Many gardeners find that their plants thrive when watered with the collected rain water which is free of chlorine and unfluoridated.

There are several approaches to saving rain water. You can buy a large rain barrel at many retailers both online and in garden centers.

These have the advantage of being easy to use- simply take home and run a drainpipe directly into the reservoir. However, many rain barrels can be expensive, and some aren’t Read the rest of this entry »


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