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Gangster Gardening: Gardening is My Graffiti

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Gardening, permaculture, soil, Videos | Comments Off on Gangster Gardening: Gardening is My Graffiti

The inner cities of America are often neglected, abandoned, forgotten about, and in need of repair.  People living in these places find themselves in a “food desert,” where access to fresh, local, organic, and tasty food is just not available.  The food selection is limited to cheap fast food and the nearest grocery store is often a liquor store or other convenience type shop. This is the scenario that Ron Finley found himself in while living in South Central LA, but rather than dwelling on the problems he began to create the solution.  In seeing all of the abandoned lots and...

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Preserving Our Heritage: Choose Heirloom Seeds

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 in Blog, Gardening | Comments Off on Preserving Our Heritage: Choose Heirloom Seeds

Guest Blog By Christopher Marciello Its’ starting to get closer to that time of the year when it’s time to plant seeds for summer. When you do really do consider using heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are somewhat fashionable as of late, so I’d like to begin by briefly mentioning the types of seeds available from most suppliers. I feel that this will be useful as a point of reference later. Heirloom seeds are, in general terms, cultivars commonly grown during earlier periods for various characteristics, but which are not used in large scale agriculture. Hybrid seeds are produced through...

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Stinging Nettle and World Peace

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 in Gardening, permaculture, soil | Comments Off on Stinging Nettle and World Peace

Guest Blog Post by Diane Kennedy One of my  very good friends asked me what to do about a proliferation of stinging nettle in her yard.  There is a creek running through the bottom of her property, and while once there had been Jimson weed and other natives growing there, now there is just nettle which is spreading to her lawn.  Her hand hurt for a day from inadvertently pulling some out bare-handed.  Her neighbor had told her that “nettle was bad” and would take over.  She was laying cardboard on some of it, but was afraid that wouldn’t be enough. One of the main practices of...

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