This past summer, I decided I wanted to spend more time in Detroit doing some urban gardening. I called up the volunteer coordinator of the Greening of Detroit to find out about volunteer days and she sent me to the Oakland Community Garden on the north end of the city. There I met Jerry Hebron, who…
Added by Cara Rosaen on March 28, 2011 at 11:00am —
A week ago, I officially started my seeds. There are lots of new additions and my entire list is her
e and a rough schedule for starting seeds is here
. I'm not neat or fancy when it comes to projects, but I can get the job done. All of the planting took place in my dining room and later the pots were hauled upstairs for…
Added by Jaccqueline Suzelis on March 21, 2011 at 12:00am —
For years, weeds outpaced the other plants and pint-sized specimens burst out of their boundaries. When no one was tending them, the leafy residents of this secret garden hid the promise of what would come. Come visit behind the garden doors, starting Monday at the… Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on March 19, 2011 at 11:38pm —
Spring is already bursting with life at our house, two weeks before the official start of the season. We're being blessed with an early start to a plentiful crop of vegetables. The lettuce and broccoli seeds are happily germinating in abundance, less than a week after being planted in little indoor containers.…
Added by Flour Sack Mama on March 5, 2011 at 5:12pm —
Alright folks! We had 41 contest entries to win the book “I Garden: Urban Style” by Michael Nolan and Reggie Solomon via Scissorsanddrumsticks.com and our blog-spot on HOMEGROWN.org… Continue
Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on March 4, 2011 at 9:51am —
I can only imagine what splendid dishes the Denman family cooks up. When I planned a visit to their greenhouse, I knew that matriarch Georgia Denman and her daughter, Caitrin Bayard, were experts at organic gardening. What I couldn't comprehend until my visit was their depth of knowledge and passion for culinary plants. … Continue
Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:20pm —
So, I'm hosting Squash february over on my blog as a way to inspire you (and myself) to eat the backlog of winter squash you may have in your cold storage. I'm proud to say we've eaten around 50% of our stash, but still have 4 acorns, 2 butternuts, and 1 delica to go. And I only have 2 weeks left! YIKES! anyway, below is one of my posts on seed saving. it's a beginner's guide, that's for sure because i'm just learning too! XO…
Added by ohsweetie on February 14, 2011 at 11:42pm —
Sitting here, eating local, seasonal corn and carrots which I froze this summer, a frozen fruit smoothie, and delicious local ravioli from Mama Mucci's in Canton. I'm thinking about the epic snow storm that will be soon descending upon Southeast Michigan. Thinking about emergency preparation (oh crap, we have no bottled water or spare battieries...) is encouraging my mind to drift to something a little more fun, which is my planting plan for this… Continue
Added by Arika on February 2, 2011 at 10:51pm —
Some of you personally know me to know that I am passionate toward anything my crazy brain decides to embark upon. I have recently sold almost all my drum gear to finance the purchase of camera and video gear. Below is a casting call ad that I have posted around the inter-net and am interested in shooting with some really great folks right here in the Hampton Roads area. If you or anyone you know fits even ten percent of the profiles below please let me know. Please, have a… Continue
Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on January 26, 2011 at 12:18pm —
Our Tiny House will sit on the unofficially named Tiny Lane. There we will raise Tiny Goats and this year, have a Tiny Farm.
Unlike last year, we simply aren't ready to have multiple…
Added by Andrew Odom on January 17, 2011 at 7:30am —
Baby, it’s cold outside, but spring is just around the corner, so even if you don’t garden year-round outdoors, now is the time to prepare for spring. Getting a head start on the growing season indoors will insure your garden lights the landscape up come spring.
Make a list of what you want to grow, take inventory of what you have, then sit down with your seed catalogs and order what you want. Don’t wait too late in the season because not only might you be faced with items you want… Continue
Added by Sheri Ann Richerson on January 12, 2011 at 4:24pm —
After reading about the $50 greenhouse
I quickly decided I needed to make one of my own. The summer season was winding down and I knew I wasn't over my newly found lettuce addiction. I need to grow well into the autumn and even winter. Time for a simple hoop house.
Part of all my homestead construction is an element of recycling and reusing.… Continue
Added by Andrew Odom on November 22, 2010 at 10:26am —
Cross post from my blog, domestic efforts
Since starting the community garden in South Philadelphia, a lot of people have expressed interest in participating. Although a number of them have flaked out, we now have a small group of committed gardeners. Initially, it was just me and one other person. Since we both work full time, we had to do all the major work on weekends, and it was a huge job to clean up the… Continue
Added by Jenni on October 23, 2010 at 4:41pm —
With frost warnings in full swing, I headed to the garden to harvest those who may not make it through. Though peas hold up well in light frosts, I couldn't resist the tender shoots for this evening's… Continue
Added by Rachel Brownlee on October 15, 2010 at 11:00am —
I'm documenting how I and another South Philadelphia resident have banded together to start a community garden in an abandoned city lot. The latest post from my blog is below, but you can also read the genesis of the project here
We got up early today to pick up compost and to purchase… Continue
Added by Jenni on September 18, 2010 at 7:54pm —
My grandfather's timing couldn't have been more fitting. He is a knowledgeable man, devoted to science based reading and gardening. As a young girl he introduced me to the gastronomic pleasures of tender greenbrier shoots and steamed day lilly greens.
Occasionally I will receive a piece of mail from him with a newspaper cut out, or an article excerpt on topics from gardening… Continue
Added by Rachel Brownlee on September 13, 2010 at 2:30pm —
So, we have been away from the city for exactly 15 months! We finally snapped and got out of the rat race. In one year we learned to bake the perfect loaf of bread. Made pickles for the first time. Piled and chopped 20 chord of wood. I learned to crochet and starting to knit. Made a garden plot that is so well protected by barbed wire that it frightens small children. Taught the dog how to pull Trout and Salmon from the River, then taught myself how to clean said fish. Made syrup and jam. Ate… Continue
Added by Donnie on September 4, 2010 at 8:22am —
Even though it’s the middle of summer and no one is thinking about colds or the flu, it is NOW that you can be growing, harvesting, and making your medicine!
Below are 4 common garden herbs you may want to consider cultivating in your garden to help boost your immune system.
Added by Kristie Nackord on August 15, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Thanks to the Italians, once again, for a combination which remains classic for good reason. We owe tribute to the region of Campania, where sliced, sun ripened tomato, buffalo mozzarella, and basil leaves, were first layered with one… Continue
Added by Rachel Brownlee on August 9, 2010 at 9:47am —
After harvesting all of our carrots yesterday in the lovely 94 degree heat, I began having visions of cold soup. Jumping into cold soup. Splashing around in cold soup. Pouring cold soup over my head.
Things didn't go that far, but the soup was indeed born, indeed cold, and highly refreshing. With some lamb stock waiting in the freezer, the rest was truly a breeze. An icy,… Continue
Added by Rachel Brownlee on August 5, 2010 at 5:00pm —