Food price, tomato scare sow new interest in community gardens (Google / ACJ / AP)

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Food price, tomato scare sow new interest in community gardens

One garden receives contributions, including leaf mulch, a paid consultant

For the Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/10/08

Mableton resident Kim Prescott thought vegetable gardening was just a pastime for retired folks. But a friend coaxed Prescott, 43, into starting her first vegetable garden this spring. Prescott’s timing could not have been better, with food prices climbing at the grocery store and tomatoes suspected of being tainted with salmonella recently pulled from produce bins. “I’m hooked,” said Prescott, who tends a vegetable plot at the organic Mableton Community Garden in Nickajack Park. “It’s great to pick your own produce, eat it and know exactly what went into it.” A growing number of new gardeners across metro Atlanta are nurturing their own vegetable plots or joining forces with experienced neighbors at community gardens, where people garden together on shared space. “This year we have a record number of community gardens — 18 new gardens in one year. That’s a lot of activity, and it’s spread out over several counties,” said Fred Conrad, community garden coordinator for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The drought can’t stop them. Personal food gardens are exempt from water restrictions, according to the state Environmental Protection Division. Continue reading Food price, tomato scare sow new interest in community gardens (Google / ACJ / AP)

Top Home Gardening Tips: Keep These in Mind (Google / Garden Growth)

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Top Home Gardening Tips: Keep These in Mind

There are tons of different home gardening tips, indoor gardening tips, organic gardening tips, Vegetable Gardening tips – no wonder the average gardener finds it so overwhelming to figure out just which specific tips are going to be most useful to them. If this is your situation, you should know that out of all of these, there are a few home gardening tips in particular that are going to be useful for you to learn.

Before you can properly or fully understand these tips however you are going to need to learn a bit more about home gardening and what it is all about.

What it is

Home gardening is a type of gardening that continues to grow in popularity. Home gardeners can product tasty, nutritious vegetables and beautiful flowers, and to be a successful gardener you really need to take advantage of the different home gardening tips that are out there.

Home Gardening Tips

One of the best home gardening tips is to choose the right garden site. This will depend on the particular type of plant that you are working with of course, but most plants need an area that is exposed to full or near-full sunlight, with deep, well-drained, fertile soil. The location should also be near a water outlet and free of competition from existing shrubs or trees.

Of course this is one of the most important tips of all because if you do not choose the right location for planting, you are not going to have any success.

Another of the most important home gardening tips is to select the right crops. As a home gardener, this is going to be one of the most important processes that you are going to have to worry about, and so one of your first major decisions is going to be deciding what vegetables you should grow.

Vine crops such as watermelon, winter squash and cucumbers are going to require larger amounts of space and more work, while if you want to take an easier route you should stick to vegetable plants such as tomatoes and potatoes.

It really all depends on your skill level and the amount of time and effort that you are going to be willing and able to put into this, which will determine how serious you can get into your gardening. Regardless, these tips are going to come in very handy and help get you started.

Backyard garden makes big comeback (Google / Glasgow Daily Times)

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Backyard garden makes big comeback

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW The high price of food and the sluggish economy have many wondering if the backyard garden is making a comeback. In southcentral Kentucky, all the arrows are pointing to “yes.” The trend of home gardening, once thought of as dead, is truly blossoming again. “The sale of vegetable seeds are up significantly,” Steve Robertson of Glasgow’s Southern States said. “Vegetable slips and plants are on the rise, too.” It’s Robertson’s opinion that more people are planting gardens of their own. Metcalfe’s Extension Service joined forces with Community Action in order to help teach green gardeners the tricks of the trade. Continue reading Backyard garden makes big comeback (Google / Glasgow Daily Times)

Homestead gardening changing their life (Google / The Daily Star)

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Home Gardening Cheaper Alternative with Rising Prices (Google / MyFox Twin Cities)

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Home Gardening Cheaper Alternative with Rising Prices

High prices at the grocery store and the tomato salmonella scare have more people turning to their own gardens for food. George Ball is the CEO of Burpee, which is the largest seed company. Burpee was founded in 1876 on a Doylestown farm in Pennsylvania and the seeds are still developed today. But this year, unlike any other, sales of vegetable seeds are at an all time high. According to Ball, Burpee has doubled its normal growth. He believes it is all due to the economy and the recent tomato scare.


The dirt on good soil (Google / Seattlepi)

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Green Gardening: The dirt on good soil

A number of readers want help in optimizing new beds. First-year gardens may be outstandingly fruitful when the underlying soil is open in texture and essentially rich. When you are working with stiff clay or loose, sandy soil, initial results usually are less heartening. Much of the maritime Northwest offers only these two situations, with only a few pockets of ideal sandy loam. This year, you can best improve conditions by adding all the organic amendments to your soil that you can muster. Lawn clippings mixed with shredded leaves and twigs is a great place to start. If you want to incorporate food scraps, run any plant-based food waste through a food processor first, adding plenty of water. Bury the resulting slurry 12-18 inches deep and cover it with soil or dig it deeply into your compost heap. Wood byproducts like sawdust and bark chips should be well composted before they reach your garden beds. Both use soil nitrogen to help them break down and in a raw state, they will compete for nutrients with your plants’ roots. Rotted sawdust is especially appreciated by blueberries and rhododendrons as well as corn and beans. Fine ground bark can be mixed half and half with compost and added to beds as mulch pretty much any time. Continue reading The dirt on good soil (Google / Seattlepi)