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    Post  mudra on Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:41 am


    This is just awesome folks cheers

    Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg
    10th December 2011

    Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too.
    Outside the police station in the small Victorian mill town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, there are three large raised flower beds.
    If you’d visited a few months ago, you’d have found them overflowing with curly kale, carrot plants, lettuces, spring onions — all manner of vegetables and salad leaves.
    Today the beds are bare. Why? Because people have been wandering up to the police station forecourt in broad daylight and digging up the vegetables. And what are the cops doing about this brazen theft from right under their noses? Nothing.

    Food for thought: Todmorden resident Estelle Brown, a former interior designer, with a basket of home-grown veg
    Well, that’s not quite correct.
    ‘I watch ’em on camera as they come up and pick them,’ says desk officer Janet Scott, with a huge grin. It’s the smile that explains everything.
    For the vegetable-swipers are not thieves. The police station carrots — and thousands of vegetables in 70 large beds around the town — are there for the taking. Locals are encouraged to help themselves. A few tomatoes here, a handful of broccoli there. If they’re in season, they’re yours. Free.
    So there are (or were) raspberries, apricots and apples on the canal towpath; blackcurrants, redcurrants and strawberries beside the doctor’s surgery; beans and peas outside the college; cherries in the supermarket car park; and mint, rosemary, thyme and fennel by the health centre.
    The vegetable plots are the most visible sign of an amazing plan: to make Todmorden the first town in the country that is self-sufficient in food.
    ‘And we want to do it by 2018,’ says Mary Clear, 56, a grandmother of ten and co-founder of Incredible Edible, as the scheme is called.
    ‘It’s a very ambitious aim. But if you don’t aim high, you might as well stay in bed, mightn’t you?’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2072383/Eccentric-town-Todmorden-growing-ALL-veg.html#ixzz1iOGy4etg

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    Post  Floyd on Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:55 am

    mudra wrote:
    This is just awesome folks cheers

    Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg
    10th December 2011

    Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too.
    Outside the police station in the small Victorian mill town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, there are three large raised flower beds.
    If you’d visited a few months ago, you’d have found them overflowing with curly kale, carrot plants, lettuces, spring onions — all manner of vegetables and salad leaves.
    Today the beds are bare. Why? Because people have been wandering up to the police station forecourt in broad daylight and digging up the vegetables. And what are the cops doing about this brazen theft from right under their noses? Nothing.

    Food for thought: Todmorden resident Estelle Brown, a former interior designer, with a basket of home-grown veg
    Well, that’s not quite correct.
    ‘I watch ’em on camera as they come up and pick them,’ says desk officer Janet Scott, with a huge grin. It’s the smile that explains everything.
    For the vegetable-swipers are not thieves. The police station carrots — and thousands of vegetables in 70 large beds around the town — are there for the taking. Locals are encouraged to help themselves. A few tomatoes here, a handful of broccoli there. If they’re in season, they’re yours. Free.
    So there are (or were) raspberries, apricots and apples on the canal towpath; blackcurrants, redcurrants and strawberries beside the doctor’s surgery; beans and peas outside the college; cherries in the supermarket car park; and mint, rosemary, thyme and fennel by the health centre.
    The vegetable plots are the most visible sign of an amazing plan: to make Todmorden the first town in the country that is self-sufficient in food.
    ‘And we want to do it by 2018,’ says Mary Clear, 56, a grandmother of ten and co-founder of Incredible Edible, as the scheme is called.
    ‘It’s a very ambitious aim. But if you don’t aim high, you might as well stay in bed, mightn’t you?’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2072383/Eccentric-town-Todmorden-growing-ALL-veg.html#ixzz1iOGy4etg

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    That place is well known here in the UK for that story Mudra. Its a great story. Thanks.


    Ive still got tomatoes growing Jawdrop
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    Post  Nenuphar on Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:19 pm

    My Subversive (Garden) Plot

    This is a humorous and informative TED lecture - less than 20 minutes long, and worth the watch! Very Happy

    http://www.ted.com/talks/roger_doiron_my_subversive_garden_plot.html

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    Post  Floyd on Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:37 pm

    Nenuphar wrote:My Subversive (Garden) Plot

    This is a humorous and informative TED lecture - less than 20 minutes long, and worth the watch! Very Happy

    http://www.ted.com/talks/roger_doiron_my_subversive_garden_plot.html

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    Post  Nenuphar on Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:10 pm

    Wooohooo! Your banana gots da movez, Floyd! Shocked Razz

    These were posted on Avalon, and I thought they were quite heart warming.

    The Vigilante Gardener




    The Vigilante Gardener, Part Two - A Thief, A Dirty Old Man, and God


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    Post  Nenuphar on Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:43 pm

    Cyndi's Catalog of Garden Catalogs

    (Quote from site) The home gardener's one stop to find all the mail-order gardening catalogs in the US and Canada - over 2000 of them! Check here first to find the company and see its ratings for quality, service, price and breadth of varieties. Plus links to mail-order companies outside North America, and other gardening-related sites.


    http://www.gardenlist.com/

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    Post  Floyd on Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:45 pm

    Nenu Nenu as Mork would say?
    Thanks
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    Post  mudra on Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:10 pm

    Well this is a big garden but what a great idea Cheerful

    Incredible Edible Public Park Helps to Feed 200,000 People Every Month

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXLx0D9YkKA


    John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to the Incredible Edible park in Irvine, California to share with you this public park that was formerly 7.5 acres of weeds. After watching this episode you will learn more about how John believes that every park in the US should have an edible garden to feed those in need and educate people to take care of their own needs.

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    Post  mudra on Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:12 pm

    Grow a Mushroom Mini Farm Kit in Your Kitchen any Time of Year

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un-9WMEhXzE


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    Post  Nenuphar on Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:53 pm

    Great video posts, Mudra! Thank you - I hadn't seen those ones before. Thubs Up

    I just noticed that I reposted the "subversive plot" link that you'd already posted! Duh! Huh ? Blushes Sorry about that...it was one of my blonde moments...
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    Post  mudra on Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:56 pm

    BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. However, never until now have Paul’s methods been documented and shared like this!

    Watch film here: Arrow http://backtoedenfilm.com/

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    Post  THEeXchanger on Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:24 pm

    yup...getting ready to plant gardens

    and, make sure, the raspberry; strawberry; blueberry plants come up
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    Post  THEeXchanger on Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:55 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX-rL2-KgP4&feature=share

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    Post  Brook on Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:34 am

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    Post  JesterTerrestrial on Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:51 am

    I am working on next years garden plan after taking the year off from my market network to work on my ancient civilization and extra terrestrial studies. My galactic market network is going universal! Here is some intersting information I was just looking up online about gardens for fun. Big Grin 2




    Average Crop Yields For Intensively Planted Beds




    YIELD IN POUNDS PER 100 SQUARE FEET
    Green Beans (vegetable crop) 72
    Beans (dried) 20
    Beets (just the roots) 110
    Beets (just the greens) 110
    Broccoli 75
    Brussel Sprouts 106
    Cabbage 200
    Cauliflower 100
    Carrots 150
    Chard 405
    Corn (on the cob) 55
    Corn (dried for flour) 18
    Cucumber 316
    Eggplant 108
    Garlic 120
    Kale 114
    Leeks 480

    Leaf Lettuce
    202
    Head Lettuce 150
    Muskmelons 75
    Onions 200
    Peppers 120
    Peas 50
    Parsnips 238
    Potatoes 200
    Pumpkins 96
    Rhubarb 140
    Spinach 100
    Sunflower 6
    Summer Squash 319
    Winter Squash 200
    Tomatoes 200
    Watermelons 100
    Barley 20
    Oats 10
    Rye 20
    Wheat 20

    http://www.modernvictorygarden.com/averagecropyieldsdata.htm






    7 Secrets for a High-Yield Vegetable Garden
    Here’s how to get the most out of your garden.


    Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful, organically grown vegetables from a 15-by-20-foot plot, 100 pounds of tomatoes from just 100 square feet (a 4-by-25-foot bed), or 20 pounds of carrots from just 24 square feet.

    Yields like these are easier to achieve than you may think. The secret to superproductive gardening is taking the time now to plan strategies that will work for your garden. Here are seven high-yield strategies gleaned from gardeners who have learned to make the most of their garden space.

    1. Build up your soil.
    Expert gardeners agree that building up the soil is the single most important factor in pumping up yields. A deep, organically rich soil encourages the growth of healthy, extensive roots that are able to reach more nutrients and water. The result: extra-lush, extra-productive growth above ground.

    The fastest way to get that deep layer of fertile soil is to make raised beds. Raised beds yield up to four times more than the same amount of space planted in rows. That’s due not only to their loose, fertile soil but also to efficient spacing—by using less space for paths, you have more room to grow plants.

    Raised beds save you time, too. One researcher tracked the time it took to plant and maintain a 30-by-30-foot garden planted in beds, and found that he needed to spend just 27 hours in the garden from mid-May to mid-October. Yet he was able to harvest 1,900 pounds of fresh vegetables—that’s a year’s supply of food for three people from about 3 total days of work!

    How do raised beds save so much time? Plants grow close enough together to shade out competing weeds, so you spend less time weeding. The close spacing also makes watering and harvesting more efficient.

    2. Round out your beds.
    The shape of your beds can make a difference, too. Raised beds are more space-efficient if the tops are gently rounded to form an arc, rather than flat. A rounded bed that is 5 feet wide across its base, for instance, will give you a 6-foot-wide arc above it—creating a planting surface that’s a foot wider than that of a flat bed. That foot might not seem like much, but multiply it by the length of your bed and you’ll see that it can make a big difference in total planting area.

    In a 20-foot-long bed, for example, rounding the top increases your total planting area from 100 to 120 square feet. That’s a 20 percent gain in planting space in a bed that takes up the same amount of ground space! Lettuce, spinach, and other greens are perfect crops for planting on the edges of a rounded bed.

    http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/7-secrets-high-yield-vegetable-garden
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    Post  Carol on Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:16 pm

    There are a number of links of different gardening styles on this thread: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2063929/pg1


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    Post  THEeXchanger on Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:51 pm

    ♥ Our Beautiful World & Universe ♥
    Please visit the OBWU website:
    http://ourbeautifulworldanduniverse.com/!

    The sensory experience of gardening "allows people to connect to this primal state,"
    says James Jiler, the founder and executive director of Urban GreenWorks,
    a Miami-based nonprofit that creates garden and park programs for low-income neighborhoods.

    "A lot of people [understand] that experience.

    They may not be able to put it into words, but they understand what's happening."

    Working in the garden has other, less spiritual rewards.

    In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress,
    keep you limber, and even improve your mood.

    A recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening
    can fight stress even better than other relaxing leisure activities.

    After completing a stressful task, two groups of people were instructed to either read indoors
    or garden for 30 minutes.

    Afterward, the group that gardened reported being in a better mood than the reading group,
    and they also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

    The effortless attention of gardening may even help improve depression symptoms.

    In a study conducted in Norway, people who had been diagnosed with depression,
    persistent low mood, or "bipolar II disorder" spent six hours a week growing flowers and vegetables.

    After three months, half of the participants had experienced a measurable improvement in their depression symptoms.

    What's more, their mood continued to be better three months after the gardening program ended.

    The researchers suggest that the novelty of gardening may have been enough to jolt some of the participants out of their doldrums, but some experts have a much more radical explanation for how gardening might ease depression.

    Gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine -- and it also gets your blood moving.

    Digging, planting, weeding, and other repetitive tasks that require strength or stretching are excellent forms of low-impact exercise, especially for people who find more vigorous exercise a challenge, such as those who are older, have disabilities, or suffer from chronic pain.

    As a pleasurable and goal-oriented outdoor activity, gardening has another advantage over other forms of exercise: People are more likely to stick with it and do it often.

    Some research suggests that the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia.

    Studies of after-school gardening programs suggest that kids who garden are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables. And they're a lot more adventurous about giving new foods a try. Not to mention that homegrown produce simply tastes better.

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    Post  mudra on Fri May 24, 2013 4:33 pm

    1 : Lake Home Garden Transformation : Before & After (part 1 of 8 )

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6uqn5rsB9U


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    Post  Brook on Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:58 am

    My first tomato for this year

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    Post  Brook on Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:52 pm

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    Post  mudra on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:48 pm

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    Post  mudra on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:50 pm

    Brook wrote:My first tomato for this year

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    Well done cheers 

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    Never waste cut roses

    Did you know that you can grow roses from cuttings?

    Simply cut healthy stems, place them in large potatoes, and them bury them 3-4 inches deep in a healthy soil mixture of peet moss and top soil. The potatoes keep the stems moist and help develop the root systems. It's a perfectly simple way to multiply your rose garden without spending lots of $$$.

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    Post  mudra on Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:58 pm

    The Perfect Compost Recipe - How to Get Your Compost Heap Cooking!

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    For me, gardening is a form of prayer. Most people have an awareness of life and death, but few have an an awareness of life, death, and life again. Gardeners do though.

    Bulbs come up every spring. Then in winter, it looks like there's nothing there, no hope for life ever again. Then, Hallelujah! Next spring they're back even fuller. Perennials - same thing.

    Annuals have a slightly different lesson. Annuals really do die, but they broadcast seeds before they go. Where there was only one calendula the year before, there will be ten this year, and one day, they will fill every empty space in your garden. Annuals are a lesson in the difference one living thing, plant or person, can make, and how their presence resonates long after they're gone. There again, the effects are not immediate. There is always the winter. And when you consider the garden as a whole, well, winter is a time to reflect, a time to dream. It gives you time to ask the big questions...

    Gardening is an affirmation of divine timing. Some years, in early spring, my enthusiasm takes an ugly turn, and I seemingly believe I can make spring happen earlier than it normally would, if I just work hard enough, if I till enough, compost enough, harden off seedlings earlier than I normally would. In the end, I wind up with twelve flats of dead seedlings. Then I direct seed a couple months later, and with much less effort, everything grows into the full glory it was destined to encompass. To everything there is a season. Amen.

    —Kaya McLaren

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