You can grow a whole garden without having any real in-ground soil. The results can be fabulous. And the options are endless when you can start a garden on a street corner, a back yard, a deck, some paving, a bit of asphalt or gravel, or a terrace. Plants need water, and often container gardeningContinue reading “11. Containers and pot plants”
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Coffee grounds. Free to a good home.
“Hello gardeners! Please take some coffee grinds for your garden!” What gardener could resist that? Well, unfortunately I had to as I was just a tourist passing by. But I was seriously tempted to drag some home to the friends we were staying with. Coffee grounds are just great in the garden. The nice thingContinue reading “Coffee grounds. Free to a good home.”
Pop-up gardening in Christchurch
Christchurch, the third-biggest city in New Zealand, has had a terrible time the last years. They got hit with a huge earthquake in 2010, an even more traumatic one in 2011, and then the quakes and uncertainty just kept coming. The city centre has long been razed but the go-ahead for new building hasn’t really come untilContinue reading “Pop-up gardening in Christchurch”
How to make a soil factory!
Just had a query from someone in our facebook group looking for a blog I did ages ago about our “soil factory”. I couldn’t find it either (how do you just lose a blog entry??!!) so I posted up a few pictures in the facebook group with a quick description. For the sake of posterityContinue reading “How to make a soil factory!”
Allotment trials with EM in the UK
EM…what on earth? Healthier plants, bigger yields and all by harnessing natural bacteria. That’s the claim, but will it work? Andrew Seall intends to find out in this new series. It is a tad cold on my allotment at the moment, and probably is on yours as well, but at least I can comfort myself in the knowledge thatContinue reading “Allotment trials with EM in the UK”
Living soil. Read all about it.
There are many sites talking about Bokashi, about EM, about how marvelous it all is. Which it is. (Of course.) But this one’s a bit different. There are some real experts on board and they’ve been working with Bokashi for many years. With a lot of heart in what they’re doing. Here’s a paper byContinue reading “Living soil. Read all about it.”
Bokashi goes luxury in Krabi
No, it’s the Bokashi going luxury, not us. Unfortunately. This is an article I pulled out of a recent magazine from Thai Airways. They’re promoting this (admittedly gorgeous) resort in Krabi but the interesting thing is that Bokashi and EM are featured in the article as part of the resorts greener than green profile. WhileContinue reading “Bokashi goes luxury in Krabi”
Soil and souvlaki.
Just back from a couple of weeks backpacking in the Greek Islands. Heavenly — of course!! But there were a couple of things that really got me thinking. The first was plastic bags — far too many of them were blowing around on the islands and out to sea. Blah. And the other was theContinue reading “Soil and souvlaki.”
Growing up the wall in Jerusalem
Cool idea isn’t it? Tomatoes growing up the wall. Veggies growing in pyramids. This high-school in Hod-Ha’Sharon makes research on agriculture which can be done by people in their apartments, balconies, walls or roofs. They also study how to re-use and recycle water. They test whether tomatoes can grow in bags on the wall orContinue reading “Growing up the wall in Jerusalem”
Earthquake cleanup using EM in Christchurch
So many New Zealanders have lost their home and their hope to the recent earthquake in Christchurch. One small light in the dark is the work our colleagues in New Zealand are doing with EM. They have loaded up trucks with liquid EM (Effective Microorganisms) and are spraying it on contaminated areas to help fightContinue reading “Earthquake cleanup using EM in Christchurch”