Transforming drab urban facades into vibrant jungles of color (Dimidia / CNN)

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Green walls create new urban jungles

By Matthew Knight, CNN

London (CNN) — Vertical gardens are cropping up all over cities these days, transforming drab urban facades into vibrant jungles of color.

These lush expanses have found their way onto the walls — both inside and out — on numerous sites in recent years revitalizing public buildings, hotels, offices and even a multi-storey car park in Netherlands.

Aside from their pleasing aesthetic qualities, vertical gardens could also deliver more practical benefits says Mark Laurence, creative director at Biotecture, a UK company who design and build green walls.

“The market is rapidly moving into looking at how they can provide eco-system services and green infrastructures for urban environments,” Laurence said.


Vegetables grown in containers on brownfields in Berlin (You Tube / in German)

Food production in an alternative city garden :

See production of vegetables in all kinds of containers : sacks, crates, pots, bottles, cans , …

Only possible (authorized?) on a brownfield in Berlin (Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use.)?

Growing vegetables аt home (Google / Tims Water garden)

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Planting A Indoor Vegetable Garden


One οftеn overlooked  indoor gardening  activity іѕ planting a Indoor Vegetable Garden  . Wе whο live аnd garden іn thе Eastern раrt οf thіѕ country οftеn hаνе tο bе creative whеn іt comes tο satisfying ουr gardening urges during thе сοοlеr months οf thе year. Whеn outdoor gardening activities wind down fοr thе season, ουr attentions naturally turn tο indoor gardening pursuits. One ехсеllеnt activity thаt іѕ οftеn overlooked іѕ growing vegetables аt home. I know аn eyebrow οr two mіght bе raised аt thе suggestion οf indoor  vegetable gardening , bυt іt саn bе done, within limits. Cеrtаіnlу pumpkins, squash, аnd sweet corn аrе nοt going tο bе items grown inside thе average home! Bυt, many leafy crops, root crops, tomatoes, аnd οthеr vegetables саn bе grown аt home during thе сοld months οf thе year. Thе rules аrе a small uncommon whеn growing vegetables аt home. Thе fertilization needs аrе аlѕο a bit uncommon whеn gardening crops аt home. On thе οthеr hand, thеrе аrе ѕοmе ехсеllеnt vegetables thаt саn bе grown inside, аnd іt іѕ аn activity thаt gardeners ѕhουld explore.



Urban Agriculture: A Guide to Container Gardens (City Farmer News / Technology for the Poor)

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Wading Pool Gardens

The president (Dr. Job Ebenezer) of the organization, Technology for the Poor, explains his vision for the spread of urban agriculture.

In 1993, Dr. Job Ebenezer, former Director of Environmental Stewardship and Hunger Education at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) established a container garden on the roof of the parking garage of the ELCA offices in Chicago. The hope was that the roof top garden would serve as a role model for creative use of urban space throughout the country. Dr. Ebenezer proved the feasibility of growing vegetables in plastic wading pools, used tires and feed sacks.


Urban Agriculture: A Guide to Container Gardens

Job S. Ebenezer, Ph.D.
President, Technology for the Poor,

With inexpensive containers and suitable soil mix, you can create an urban garden virtually anywhere – on roof tops, vacant city lots, borwn fields, and unused portion of parking lots.

Transforming cities into sustainable green oases (The Daily Green)

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The Past, Present and Future of Green Roofs & Vertical Gardens

A new exhibit looks at the exciting possibilities of growing food and vegetation in unlikely spaces, transforming cities into sustainable green oases. Also check out recycled green art and modular homes.

By Gloria Dawson

A new exhibit on vertical gardens, vertical farms and green roofs has opened at Exit Art in Midtown Manhattan in partnership with SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics). The exhibit incorporates photography, illustrations and information on various alternative garden and farming projects.

This exhibit explores this most basic desire for us to reconnect with nature even as the world is increasingly developed into urban spaces. The exhibit realizes this desire in pieces both simplistic and scientific – illustrations of vegetation-covered building, vertical gardens that add beauty and functionality to a cement landscape and urban farms that sustain us in our cities. Overall the aim of these gardens and farms is to reduce our carbon footprint, produce oxygen, clean toxins and produce food where we are actually living. Some projects in this exhibit are simply ideas that may never come into fruition, some have already been created and there’s even one you could have in your own home sometime soon.

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If they do it in Washington, D.C. and Sulphur, LA, why don’t we do it in the drylands ? (Google / GW Hachet)

If students of the George Washington University in Washington D.C. can do it in the street “to teach people who and where their food comes from through service learning.“, and people in Sulphur, LA are laying out a community garden, why don’t we construct a vegetable garden for every hungry family in the drylands?  Wouldn’t that be the best investment ever to combat desertification and hunger in this world?

I hope this idea will be picked up by many student organisations and NGOs before the international agencies are taking the initiative to launch a “world programme on vegetable gardens“.

After all, if all over the world the so-called “guerilla gardening“-movement, allotment gardening and community gardening (see some former postings on this blog) shows that people react upon the food crisis by creating their own vegetable gardens at any available open space in the cities, time has come for decision makers to officialise this guerilla movement and multiply the small vegetable gardens at the largest possible scale.

As no special skills are needed, small kitchen gardens can be created everywhere in rural areas, but also in urban environment.

All those in favour, raise your hand (and your voice).

Willem Van Cotthem

‘Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the totality of those acts will be written the history of this generation.’

John F Kennedy


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Students plant vegetable garden on H Street

by Elizabeth Hay
Hatchet Reporter

Most people know that George Washington was a revolutionary war hero, a founding father and America’s first president. Fewer know of his skills as a farmer.

But just like the name behind the University, a group of GW students have put their gardening skills to work in hopes of teaching people about the benefits of locally-grown food.

The GW GroW Community Garden had its first seeds planted Saturday morning. Located in the 2400 block of H Street across from Amsterdam Hall, the garden is the brainchild of the GW Food Justice Alliance, a new student organization founded in the spring of 2009 by a group of students from the College of Professional Studies graduate landscape design program.

Their aim is to teach people who and where their food comes from through service learning. The garden is a way to join GW students and Foggy Bottom residents, forging a new kind of community relationship through volunteering, group members said.

Amanda Formica, the project manager and president of the FJA, said the day was productive, as the group was able to plant three garden beds with an array of produce including lettuce, spinach, radishes, arugula, and turnips. She added that the group worked with the Mount Vernon Estate – where GW’s namesake lived – to choose produce that George and his wife Martha would have had in their gardens.



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Community Garden to break ground September 19

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Southwest Daily News

Sulphur, La. – The Maplewood-Hollywood Lions Club will break ground on the Sulphur Community Garden on Saturday, September 19, at 8 a.m. The event will take place at 3310 Maplewood Drive on Lions Club property.

Immediately following the groundbreaking, and lasting until the early afternoon, volunteers will create the first section of the Community Garden, which will eventually become a beautiful area with a bountiful harvest for Sulphur citizens to enjoy for many years to come. Phase one includes four raised beds in an area that will eventually have nearly 30 gardening plots of various shapes and sizes with walking paths, a gazebo, benches and displays of garden-art.

This phase of the Sulphur Community Garden is being made possible by a grant from Sempra Energy – including Cameron LNG and Liberty Gas and Storage. In addition to providing the monetary assistance necessary, Sempra employees will be volunteering to assist with the sweat equity needed to build the raised beds, run the water lines and begin the beautification effort.


Appreciation and urban roof gardening (Amberfreda)

Appreciation for this blog

Wonderful blog, thank you!! I design rooftop gardens and am based in New York City. I also have a blog on urban gardening at You can also see photos of some of our roof gardens and other urban garden projects at Thanks again and happy gardening!


Thanks, Amberfreda, and success with your blogs.

Urban gardening and connecting to nature (Google / No impact man)

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Urban gardening and connecting to nature

There are all sorts of reasons to farm food in the cities–reduction of the heat island effect, local food production, keeping storm water out of the waterways. But something happened to me the other day as a result of growing vegetables in my new garden plot that I wasn’t counting on.

It’s been a dark winter and a pretty rainy spring. I’ve been waiting for the sun. And still the rain comes.

When I was little, when it rained, my grandmother would always say, “Well, it’s good for the farmers.” And I would give lip service and say, “That’s true,” and then I’d feel bad about the fact that I really didn’t care about the farmers. I just wanted sun.

For thirty years, I pretty much just wanted sun.

But the other day, when it rained, I wasn’t disappointed. I’d seen the difference to my new community garden plot after watering with a hose versus a soaking with a good rain. One keeps it alive. The other makes it thrive.


Urban gardening project to provide food for families (Google / LA Times)

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Urban gardening project to provide food for families

It is, of course, time to plan a summer garden. But if it just seems like one more chore, all is not lost. An urban community-supported agriculture (CSA) project is getting started, using front- or backyard gardens at five homes west of downtown. Here’s the idea: Subscribers to the CSA and volunteers will plant the first yard at the end of March. The others will follow, for a total of about 1,000 square feet. The folks at the firm Heart Beet Gardening will plan and tend the gardens, harvest and box the food. Then, if all goes as planned, subscribers will pick up a box once a week at a central location, starting in July. It’s a twist on the usual CSA in which subscribers get shares in the harvest of a farm. Continue reading Urban gardening project to provide food for families (Google / LA Times)

Tampa Bay : urban gardening (Google / TBO)

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Tampa Officials Take A Look At Urban Gardening

Published: October 23, 2008

TAMPA – Urban landscapes are often viewed as unwelcoming scenes of concrete, asphalt, metal and glass. But it doesn’t have to be that way, some city officials say. In recent years, cities across the country have committed plots of land for agricultural projects aimed at turning trash-strewn vacant properties into bountiful gardens. To that aim, the city council will hold a special workshop today to discuss ways Tampa might be able to reconnect with the natural world through urban gardening. The proposal is being pushed by City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern.