Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Greening of the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

The changing aesthetic in designs for suburban gardens was clearly reflected in the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show this past weekend, March 23-27th at the San Mateo Event Center.

 Lush purple and green cabbages in a bed designed by Star Apple Edible Gardens of Oakland CA

Now in its 26th year, the show emphasized green lifestyles as expressed through gardening with edible and native plants. Besides featuring edibles in many of the twenty design display gardens, the show included a separate 6000 square-foot edible garden designed by Oakland-based Star Apple Edible Gardens.....

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Monday, March 14, 2011

How Suburban Gardens and Local Action Heal the Planet

 Grow food not lawns

There is a growing grassroots movement in suburban and urban areas where the local action of growing food is beginning to profoundly transform our neighborhoods and our world. It begins first with a simple attitude shift, when we start thinking of our lawns and backyard gardens as opportunities for sustainably growing food. As we each start to plant a seed, we are healing not only ourselves, but the planet as well.

10 Ways Sustainable Gardening Practices will Positively Transform Your Neighborhood:

1. Turn “Waste” into Soil
Practices such as composting household waste builds healthy soil and reduces landfill: food scraps and other kitchen waste, paper and cardboard, and garden trimmings are recycled back into the soil. Productive gardens start with healthy soil...

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