Urban Gardening (Google / Technocrat)

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Urban Gardening

zogger Thu, 17 Apr 2008

Or what to do when you don’t even have a suburban backyard. Many city dwellers are pleased to find out they can still garden, even in apartments or townhomes with patios or small front yards-even an accessible flat roof.

..””We wanted to reconnect people living in cities with food,” explains Mayfield, a support worker for disabled and dyslexic children. “You don’t have to own acres of countryside in Essex like Jamie Oliver to grow your own vegetables – anyone can do it using pretty much any old space.””..more there and I love this subject, used to do it all the time for myself, and designed and built a lot of smallish “edible landscaping” projects for people who didn’t have much space for the more conventional and sort of plain big plowed up square type of garden. You can grow a decent amount in an earthbox, large pots, cement blocks with the holes showing up and filled with dirt and arranged down the side of the walkway, etc. Just use your imagination, it is quite possible to use all the little nooks and crannies of sunny space you have to get some greens and herbs and tomatoes and peppers going. And don’t forget sprouts! Fastest way to an edible and nutritious crop there is.

And here’s a whole little village going back to humanity’s “roots” as it were and doing small farming co-ops, to try and save big on the grocery bill.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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