Community gardening through the eyes of one man (Google / Examiner)

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http://www.examiner.com/x-1587-Phoenix-Food-Examiner~y2008m11d13-COMMUNITY-GARDENING-THROUGH-THE-EYES-OF-ONE-MAN

Community gardening through the eyes of one man

November 13, 12:01 PM
by Doug Resh, Phoenix Food Examiner

In 2001 the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation (PRC) received a grant from the State of Arizona – Department of Economic Security to fund four community gardens within the Central City South neighborhood, giving new life to this area. Community gardens are defined as a facilitated set of activities leading to neighborhood beautification, community organizing, food security, preservation of cultural traditions, and building community satisfaction by contributing to friendlier, more cohesive neighborhoods. Continue reading Community gardening through the eyes of one man (Google / Examiner)

Allotment project will keep gardening skills alive

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http://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/local/3840811.Allotment_project_will_keep_gardening_skills_alive/

Allotment project will keep gardening skills alive

By Sue Vickers »

OLD gardening skills and traditions will be kept alive through a new allotment project in West Malvern. Age Concern plans to get West Malvern pensioners out and about growing their own fruit and vegetables on a special allotment. The allotment in West Malvern will include a community shed and tea-making facilities and it is the hoped the allotment will become a social meeting place, a place to chat and swap gardening tips as well as grow vegetables. Project co-ordinator Jenny Robinson, a keen gardener herself, explained that there was a lot of gardeneing knowledge and experience in the older generation and the project would tap into this. Continue reading Allotment project will keep gardening skills alive

Allotment gardens for people and schools : Growing interest in gardening (Google / Crewe Guardian)

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http://www.creweguardian.co.uk/news/3790383.Growing_interest_in_gardening/

Growing interest in gardening

By Mark Hilditch

IMPROVEMENTS have been made to a number of allotment sites in Crewe following a renewed interest in gardening. The borough council’s grounds maintenance team have most recently refurbished the site at Electricity Street. The works have included a new 47-metre long perimeter fence with new entrance gates. Electricity Street is the third site to have the fencing renewed following earlier improvements to the Claughton Avenue and Henry Street sites. More people nationally are taking on allotment plots, not only for the environmental benefits, but increasingly people are realising the health and economic benefits. In addition, a large number of schools and community groups have recently been taking on allotment plots for their own activities.

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Community garden interest is alive, growing (Google / Caller)

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http://www.caller.com/news/2008/oct/20/community-garden-interest-is-alive-growing/

Community garden interest is alive, growing

By Mike Baird (Contact)

TroubleShooter Mike Baird: 10.20.08

— Sprouting your own vegetables could be one way to hedge the problem of climbing food prices. Community gardens allow folks to share the spoils of area soils, and gardening experts, farm growers and city leaders are poised to help. “As much as tomatoes cost in the store, they are tasteless and hard,” said Wynona Woolsey, a member of the Lantana Garden Club. The Troubleshooter met with the group Wednesday for input to help facilitate the development of 100 community gardens. Portland, Ore., is one of the most prosperous community gardening cities in the nation, with more than 50 of them. About 17 active garden club ladies are searching their sheds for duplicate garden tools, and leafing through resource books to help provide Troubleshooter tips to share with readers interested in volunteering or digging their own patch. Continue reading Community garden interest is alive, growing (Google / Caller)

Philippines : New Allotment Garden Rises in Lapasan (PuVeP News / Slotenkouter Allotments Belgium))

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PUVeP News

http://puvep.xu.edu.ph/snews/urban_agriculture/new_lapasan_allotment_garden/

New Allotment Garden Rises in Lapasan

With the generous financial assistance of the Provincial Government of East Flanders and the Sint-Amandsberg Allotment Garden of Gent, Belgium, a new allotment garden for 12 families is presently being established in sitio Hill Site, barangay Lapasan.

It took a long time to find a suitable area, but with the assistance of Barangay Chairman Antonio S. Olango, an area was finally found in sitio Hill Site and the private landowner convinced to make the area available for this noble purpose.

The area is very accessible and suited from an agronomic perspective. The water level is very shallow which allows easy well digging. In addition, the local community is already involved in small gardening activities.

The establishment of the garden is coordinated by PUVeP technician Clarito “Turok” Santos Jr., who is spending his semestral break in Cagayan de Oro, before returning to continue his masteral studies in Germany by mid of October. He already earlier established successfully allotment gardens in cooperation with the communities of Kauswagan and Tibasak in Macasandig. After facilitating the first lectures on allotment gardening by end of August 2008 and initiating the land preparation shortly after, the first beds were completed and the first crop – kangkong – was already sown few days ago.

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Einstein had an allotment garden ! (W. Goethals / Backreaction)

My friend Willy GOETHALS, President of the Slotenkouter Allotment Gardens of ST; AMANDSBERG (Belgium), sent a message read at :

http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/05/einsteins-garden.html

Einstein’s Garden

By Stefan and Bee on Friday, May 04, 2007


“Is this some kind of slum, or what are these little shacks at the outskirts of Frankfurt? Are people living there?”

That’s what an American postdoc asked Stefan last week when discussing the best way to ride from downtown Frankfurt to the physics institute by bicycle. Along this route one passes many of these colonies.

During summertime some people may actually live there, but these huts and gardens are definitely not slums. They are allotment gardens, also Kleingärten (small gardens), or Schrebergärten, as they are called in German, after physician and social reformer Daniel Schreber.

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New observations on PATEL’s fertilizer (Willem)

On June 21st, 2008, I posted a message called “Effect of a new Indian organic fertilizer”. That fertilizer was sent to me by my Indian correspondent Yogesh PATEL. Some friends of the allotment gardens Slotenkouter in 9040 ST.AMANDSBERG (Belgium) are testing the fertilizer on different vegetables.

That message showed the first pictures of the very positive effect on the growth of carrots.

2008-06-21 : Edward VUEGHS in his nice allotment garden, showing the effect of PATEL-fertilizer on carrots.

2008-06-21 : Four rows of carrots sown the same day. A few weeks later the soil along the rows was treated from left to right as follows :

Row 1 and Row 2 (left) : carrots treated with a mixture of 4kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.
Row 3 (center) : carrots untreated, growing in local, quite fertile garden soil.
Row 4 (right) : carrots treated with a mixture of 2 kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.

See the remarkable difference in growth and this only 14 days after treatment.

2008-06-21 : Row 1 and Row 2 (left) : carrots treated with a mixture of 4kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.
Row 3 (center) : carrots untreated, growing in local, quite fertile garden soil.
Row 4 (right) : carrots treated with a mixture of 2 kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.

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TWO WEEKS LATER …

Two weeks later, on July 2nd, 2008, new observations in some allotment gardens confirmed the positive effect of PATEL’s fertilizer on plant growth (carrots, beans, Pelargonium in hanging pots). Here are some pictures showing that effect :


2008-07-02 : Pelargonium flowering in hanging pots. The cabin owner declared that his Pelargoniums were in rather bad condition when he applied a handful of a mixture of 80 kg local soil and 4 kg of PATEL’s fertilizer. Two weeks later they are luxuriously flowering.

2008-07-02 : Edward VUEGHS inspecting growth differences of his carrots. Compare with the first picture above, taken 2 weeks earlier.

2008-07-02 : Row 1 and Row 2 (left) : carrots treated with a mixture of 4kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.
Row 3 (center) : carrots untreated, growing in local, quite fertile garden soil.
Row 4 (right) : carrots treated with a mixture of 2 kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.


Remarkable stimulation of carrot growth with PATEL’s fertilizer : two lines left with full dosage, one line center without fertilizer (control), one line right with half dosage.

2008-07-02 : Edward VUEGHS and André ROMBAUT, owner of this allotment garden, observing two rows of beans, divided into two parts : to the foreground the untreated beans (control), to the background the treated beans.

2008-07-02 : Foreground : control beans in local soil. Background : beans treated with PATEL’s fertilizer, the double in volume.

2008-07-02 : Bean plants treated with PATEL’s fertilizer (background) are taller (almost the double), and darker green.

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Additional observations will be made during the next weeks and a final report on the effect of this new Indian fertilizer will be presented.

Effect of a new Indian organic fertilizer (Willem)

My Indian correspondent Yogesh PATEL has sent to me 5 kg of a new organic fertilizer he has developed. With my friends of the allotment gardens Slotenkouter in 9040 ST.AMANDSBERG (Belgium) we have set up some tests on different vegetables. In due time we will present a detailed report on the results. Today and with great pleasure, I can publish the first pictures showing the very positive effect on the growth of carrots. Please enjoy with us this remarkable success in one of the allotment gardens :


Edward VUEGHS in his nice allotment garden, showing proudly the effect of the PATEL- fertilizer on carrots.


Four rows of carrots sown the same day. A few weeks later the soil along the rows was treated from left to right as follows :

Row 1 and Row 2 (left) : carrots treated with a mixture of 4kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.
Row 3 (center) : carrots untreated, growing in local, quite fertile garden soil.
Row 4 (right) : carrots treated with a mixture of 2 kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.

See the remarkable difference in growth and this only 14 days after treatment.


Row 1 and Row 2 (left) : carrots treated with a mixture of 4kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.
Row 3 (center) : carrots untreated, growing in local, quite fertile garden soil.
Row 4 (right) : carrots treated with a mixture of 2 kg of PATEL-fertilizer per 80 kg of local garden soil.

Still any doubts about the positive effect of PATEL’s fertilizer ?

In a couple of weeks, I will gladly inform you on the results of the carrot harvest by Edward VUEGHS. Stay tuned on the value of Yogesh PATEL’s organic fertilizer !


I am now wondering if this fertilizer can help us to combat drought and desertification. Therefore, I intend to use it in combination with our TerraCottem water and fertilizer stocking soil conditioner in some of the drylands, e.g. In the refugee camps in Algeria or in Tamil Nadu (India).

All about community gardening (allotments) – (Gardening Newsletter / BBC)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/today_in_your_garden/community_index.shtml

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Gardening industry blossoms in slump (Google / Columbus Dispatch / AP)

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http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/05/30/seeds.ART_ART_05-30-08_C12_A3ABM3M.html?sid=101

Gardening industry blossoms in slump

Friday,  May 30, 2008

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — High prices at the pump and the produce aisle have sent home gardeners into their yards with a mission: Grow-it-yourself dining. Sales of vegetable seeds, tomato transplants and fruit trees are soaring as enterprising planters grow their own food.

W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the nation’s largest seed company, has sold twice as many seeds this year as it did last year, with half the increase from new customers, the company’s president, George Ball, estimates. “When we saw the gas prices go up, we said, ‘Oh, boy,’  ” Ball said. Interest in growing fruits and vegetables picks up during economic downturns, people in the industry say. Seed companies say a dime spent on seeds yields about $1 worth of produce. Bad economic times also can mean more time to garden — people who cancel their summer vacations are around to water their tomatoes. The housing crunch also works in favor of vegetable gardens: If you can’t sell your home, you can replant it.

“Over the past year or two, when my boyfriend and I went shopping and started seeing how little we got out of the grocery store for how much, we figured we might as well give it a shot trying our own veggies and take some of the weight off our pockets,” said Janet Bedell, who works at a lawn and garden center in Venice, Fla.

That kind of thinking is leading to a big year for companies that sell to fruit and vegetable gardeners. Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving heirloom vegetables, ran out of potatoes this year and mailed 10,000 tomato and pepper transplants to customers in early May, double its usual amount. The organization, based near Decorah, Iowa, sold 34,000 packets of seeds in the four months of this year, more than it did all last year.

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Dispatch reporter Monique Curet contributed to this story.