Ter espaço limitado para cultivar legumes não deve impedir você

For our Portuguese speaking friends

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Você também pode obter mais criativo usando algumas das idéias nos seguintes links.

Jardinagem em pequenos espaços

por Professor Kevin

Tenho a sorte de ter um espaço de cerca de 1,000 metros quadrados (esta é igual a cerca 93 metros quadrados) dedicado como o meu principal horta de legumes. Além de que a trama, Tenho um criado macieira e vários espaços preenchidos com exposições sazonais de flores. Eu também tenho várias plantas em vasos durante os meses de verão.

Muitas pessoas não tem muito espaço disponível para eles. Outros podem não ter muita experiência com jardinagem, mas talvez eles gostariam de entrar gradualmente no mundo do cultivo de hortaliças em casa. Com isso em mente, aqui estão algumas ideias e links para acomodar o pequeno entusiasta de jardinagem e espaço recém-chegados interessados ​​em tentar a sua mão para determinar se eles podem ter um polegar verde.

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Jardinagem do recipiente (Portuguese)

Container gardening (in Portuguese)


Container jardinagem para Vegetais

Eles dizem que as coisas boas vêm em embalagens pequenas. É absolutamente bem se você não tem um jardim grande, espaçoso, onde você pode plantar legumes. Quem disse que você não pode ter um jardim bonito, se for esse o caso? Tudo o que você precisa é um ávido interesse em jardinagem e disponibilidade para cuidar do jardim. Uma maneira de cumprir o seu interesse em jardinagem, apesar de não ter um grande jardim é fazer jardinagem do recipiente. Isto significa jardinagem feito de uma panela ou de um navio. Não leva muito espaço e há muitos vegetais que são bem adequada para recipiente jardinagem.

Jardinagem vegetal em recipientes

Coisas para fazer # 1
Tenha um balde ou um vaso de flores ou fio cestas ou baldes ou caixas de madeira ou latas de alimentos até mesmo grandes? Se sim, então é perfeito para hortas recipiente! Pegue o que você tem entre estes para começar. Certifique-se de que o recipiente tem que escolher uma boca larga e não um estreito. O tamanho do contentor naturalmente depende do vegetal de escolher. No entanto, de preferência, recipientes de medida em torno de 24-30 polegadas são considerados bons para jardinagem recipiente. Se as panelas são muito pequenas, as raízes não conseguir espaço e eles secam rapidamente. Um recipiente de 5 galões é bom o suficiente para vegetais maiores, como tomates e berinjelas.

Coisas para fazer # 2
Apesar de um bom número de vegetais pode adaptar-se a este tipo de recipiente jardinagem vegetal, é melhor ter uma idéia, dos legumes que cabem a conta. Cenouras, rabanetes e alface, ou culturas que levam frutas, como o tomate e pimentas são boas opções. Esta é uma dica muito importante.

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Grow salad greens on your balcony

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Balcony Gardening – Grow A Salad Bowl

Now is a good time to plant baby lettuce, spinach and micro-greens for early Fall harvest.  You do not need a deep container to grow salad greens and you can grow the greens from seed.  Covering the potted seeds with loose plastic wrap holds the moisture and heat and encourages sprouting.

Growing Container Salad Greens:  “You will be able to harvest your first crop in just a few short weeks, using the small tender leaves that are often not available to buy. These micro-greens are the mix of choice for gourmet salads. Leafy greens also make a flavorful addition to sandwiches or wraps.”

Radishes also mature quickly.  Use radish greens instead of basil in your pesto recipe.

Read the full story: Denvergardeners

Old Produce Into New Food

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Sweden’s Ingenious Plan to Turn Old Produce Into New Food Sources

by Laura Feinstein

Despite global hunger and widespread poverty, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, humans still waste more than a third of our food. As with most international problems, Sweden already has an ingenious solution. Recently a group of graduate students at the utilitarian sounding “Food Innovation and Product Design” program at Lund University has created a unique way to turn otherwise unusable produce into a valuable source of nutrition. FoPo Food Powder, a system of dried and powdered fruits and vegetables similar to astronaut space food, can be easily dropped into disaster zones to provide non-refrigerated goods. Freeze-dried food is popular for many relief efforts (as well as interstellar travel) because of its ability to retain much of the nutritional benefits of “raw” food. Even food that has expired, or is no longer able to be sold at the market, is still rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein.

When we found out that one-third of the food produced was going to waste while people in the world were starving we couldn’t back out,” student Kent Ngo tellsSmithsonian.com.

Read the full article: GOOD


A school garden in the school pool

Photo credit: New Zealand Gardener

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Pupils at Wairakei School in Taupo tend the veges growing in their aquaponics system

How a Taupo primary school pool became a vegetable garden


What do you get when you cross a former swimming pool, some keen pupils and a whole heap of goldfish? A highly productive aquaponics system.

Wairakei Primary School in Taupo has what is thought to be the only school aquaponics unit in New Zealand. Officially opened in May, it is the culmination of three years planning and fundraising, says teacher aide and Enviroschools leader Diana Fitzsimmons.

The school used to have outdoor gardens but due to the chilly climate and light pumice soil, nothing grew.

“Adding compost and nutrients didn’t help and they were costing a fortune,” says Diana.

At the same time the swimming pool was decommissioned. The pupils came up with ideas for the space: a skateboard park, flying fox, spongeball pit, trampoline or garden.

“They went through pros and cons and how they would run them, and came up with one with the most benefit for school and community: an aquaponics unit.”

Local businesses and tradesmen helped supply and fit the plumbing, equipment and electrics. The pool area is covered with a FlexiTunnel and needs little maintenance.

Read the full article: New Zealand Gardener

An excellent choice for containers

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Calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

Callas in Color!


Pure-white calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) are a classic, either in the garden or in a vase. But hybridizers have introduced many new callas in recent years. New cultivars with yellow, rose, deep pink, even purple-black flowers are to be found in catalogs and in garden shops in early spring. They are striking cut flowers and provide a surprising elegance in the garden. This past spring, I received a shipment of a new yellow calla lily (‘Golden Chalice’) from Longfield Gardens, so I planted the rhizomes in a nice-sized square glazed blue pot that greets visitors to my front porch. Callas are an excellent choice for containers …

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Drought Tolerant Plants need less water

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The August long weekend is nearly here and no doubt you have big plans to weed and water your garden with your precious time off.  What a silly idea.  No one plans to stand at the end of a hose applying water to their plants when they can be doing something more useful and/or fun.

Use Less Water: Plant Drought Tolerant Plants

by Mark Cullen

Here is a list of my five favourite plants that require minimal moisture.  Note that you can plant any of these now and you will find a wide assortment of them at full service garden centres everywhere.  Note that everything you plant will require watering for the first few weeks after planting.


  1. Geraniums.  The annual flowering plants that you grow in window boxes and in your garden bloom all summer and basically made the Germans famous as gardeners.  It has been said that if you took all of the geranium-planted window boxes in Germany and put them end to end they would circle the globe 4 times (this has yet to be verified, but it is a good story).  Visit Germany, see for yourself.

While among the most prolific flowering plants on the planet they are also quite tolerant of extended periods of drought.  Not ‘bone dry’ drought but the kind of dryness that occurs when you leave for an extended weekend and return to an otherwise wilted garden.  There are the geraniums, blooming away and standing more or less as they should.  Not so petunias, New Guinea impatiens or a host of other annuals.

  1. The other geraniums.  The above mentioned geraniums are not geraniums at all, they are members of the genus Pelargonium.  Someone thought it would be fun to confuse us by attaching a common name that has nothing to do with the official classification.  Alas, ‘confusing you’ will never happen when you are in my capable hands.

The real geranium (Geranium spp.) is a perennial garden performer and I love it.  When people ask me how to grow grass under their Norway Maple (which is nearly impossible) I ask them if they would consider planting perennial geraniums instead.  It is a great low growing, perennial flowering ground cover or rockery plant and all members of the family tolerate dryness.

  1. Echinacea.  The stuff that you ingest when you feel a cold coming on is derived from the root of a native plant by the same name. The common name is ‘purple cone flower’.  The original species is purple, it produces ‘cones’ while flowering that are loaded with pollen and (later in the season) seeds.  Butterflies forage on the pollen in droves and gold finches harvest the seeds throughout fall and winter.


Read the full article: CJAD