John Coykendall, renowned seed saver and farmer, talks about the difference between commercial and organic tomatoes. John is the master gardener at the mountain retreat Blackberry Farm in his native Tennessee. (See NPR story.) Dr. Howard Conyers, a rocket scientist at NASA, interviews John on his show Nourish for PBS Digital Studios. John has collected more than 500 varieties of seeds gathered from small farmers and backyard gardeners from around the world. He’s been doing this long before GMOs became a concern.Read More
We're really happy to see more use of gardening and working with the earth as a theraputic method to help soldiers with PTSD.
"In this setting, they can tend to focus on the negative aspects of what brought them into the hospital," she said. "Bringing them outside, giving them something to focus their attention on and a reason to socialize, I think that makes their mood better, makes their self-esteem improve, and it makes them more willing to interact with others."
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Great piece from the New Yorker - “Chic stems and tender greens thrive deep below Worth Street on the rolling shelves of Farm.One.”
How farmers and scientists are struggling to replenish fallen bee colonies and what gardeners can do.Read More
Any day now, one of our lucky clients will be hosting potentially thousands of praying mantids on his property! We found many egg cases while trimming his bushes & trees and each case contains about 200 eggs. These fierce warriors are beneficial in the garden, dining on pests such as aphids, thrips, flies and maggots, small caterpillars, leafhoppers, grubs and other soft-bodied insects. When older, they will take down bigger prey such as large caterpillars, earwigs, beetles and grasshoppers. They are also fascinating to watch and luckily, they tend to stay in one place while waiting for their next meal.
Read more about using beneficial insects in your organic garden here: https://www.organiccontrol.com/
Organizations and countries are investing in urban and rooftop farming, including Boston Medical Center.Read More
Thinking about starting some Luffa (or Loofah) seeds again for the coming season. Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the Cucurbitaceae (cucumber) family. After years of growing these fascinating plants for their sponges, the culinary aspects are becoming attractive and intriguing.Read More
How to Grow Microgreens
Photo credit: Amy Eckart, Modern FarmerRead More
What a perfectly lovely day creating holiday containers for farm to table restaurant Oak + Almond with guest star and dear friend Gretchen DeMattia working her amazing organic garden designer magic! For these containers we used an assortment of cut greens and berries, pine cones, tall white branches and strands of lights.
We had a blast helping The Brooklyn Barge team design a space where people could feel that the plants were part of the waterfront community. The owners and general manager came up with the sustainable solution of using pallets to build planters. We installed a variety of drought-tolerant grasses that fit right into the industrial, waterfront area. The barge, surrounded by tall industrial buildings, provided a great backdrop to also plant hops. We attached netting from the planters to the building so the hops, which grown about a foot a day, would provide vertical interest. And, we got plenty of herbs – may end up growing on the side of shipping container or in half a wine barrel. If you’re in Greenpoint Brooklyn this summer, check out the barge – best view in the city and great food says Time Out.
Forget the grimy cliches - guerrilla gardening is fun, and it’s coming to a space near you, soon
Just one example of the "she caves" women are designing. So look in your backyard and see what structures you can turn into your own cave. But beware: your kids, husband, partner, friends, and family may move in because they like it so much.
Ron Finley, Founder of Ron Finley Project, in South Central, LA, shows how radical gardening in the city can transform the community.Read More