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Archive for the tag “gardening”

How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

Judy Alexander in Port Townsend, Washington (a city of 9,000 people about 40 miles north of Seattle) talks about how and what she’s been growing and gives us a tour. I found the rainwater/rain barrel irrigation system she and her brother rigged really interesting.

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Converting A Lawn Into A Food Garden

Joanne in Northeast Seattle (she gets some help from the community) converts her front lawn into a food-growing garden. She talks about and shows us the various steps in the process.

Dirt and Vegetables in Detroit

This video follows Greg Willerer of Detroit Dirt and Brother Nature Produce in Detroit who is trying to help build a viable food system in Detroit. As part of those efforts he’s trying to create a local compost network (he’s involved breweries, coffee houses and even the Detroit Zoo — all of whom give the project their waste).

How to Germinate Tomato Seeds Faster

How to Germinate Apple and Pear Seeds Quickly and Easily

Note that apples don’t grow true to seed, so if you planted a seed from a Mackintosh apple you won’t get a tree that produces Mackintosh apples.

Food Forest Garden in Oregon

Jon Kohler takes us through a food forest garden just outside of Portland, Oregon.

How to Make Biochar

Biochar is charcoal created from natural materials in a low/no oxygen environment (also called “carbon black”). It is apparently a great way of renewing the soil and increasing your crop yields.

Here, John Rogers, who has a 2-acre farm in Florida, talks biochar and shows us how he makes it.

How to Make Compost Tea: MrTerrym1964

MrTerrym1964 shows us how he makes compost tea.

Fish Fertilizer for Potatoes

Francis Hill farms in Waboden, Manitoba, Canada. Here she shares a tip for using fish guts and bones to fertilize potato plants. She gets the fish bits from anglers.

Apparently fish are a great fertilizer. With all the contamination that has been showing up in ocean and especially in freshwater fish I would probably feel a little nervous about this method.

Meet Urban Farmers from Vancouver, Canada

An intro to several motivated farmers who farm in Vancouver, Canada – their motivations, the rewards and the impact they hope it will have for their community.

Meet your Urban Farmer (trailer) from Fire and Light Media Group on Vimeo.

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