Here is an excellent and detailed article on building raised beds for your own garden. Be sure to bookmark this for future reference. You’re going to want it eventually. — Douglas
How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News
A DIY project for a permanent garden box to provide a raised bed for your plants and decorate your backyard.
October 2017 By Sara Bendrick
For those who want to improve their backyards, author Sara Bendrick provides a variety of DIY projects in Big Impact Landscaping so homeowners can get the most out of their property, expand their living space, and enjoy more time outdoors. Here, Bendrick gives step-by-step instructions for building a permanent U-shaped vegetable garden box — as well as an attached bench to help you enjoy your backyard plants.
U-Shaped Vegetable Garden
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Time commitment: 1 day
Professionals needed: None
Dimensions: 8-feet-by-9-feet U-shape
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Could indoor farming help address future food shortages?
By 2050, Earth’s population is expected to rise to 10 billion, while the resources on the planet continue to shrink. Researchers in the Netherlands are experimenting with one way to feed more people with less: growing crops indoors. NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano takes a look at how indoor farming could shift our relationship with food.
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Shape-Up Time for Roses via Sunset Magazine
Tips to care for roses across climate zones
Photo: Douglas E. Welch
Hybrid tea roses benefit from heavy pruning in winter. Shrub and groundcover roses need only shaping or light shearing. Both techniques are detailed below.
PRUNING HYBRID TEA ROSES
Remove all dead wood and all weak, twiggy branches. Make cuts flush with the bud union (the swelling at the base of the plant).
Cut all branches that cross through the center. This opens up the plant and gives it a vase shape. In hot climates, some rosarians just shorten center-crossing branches, so leaves will shade the bud union from the scorching summer sun.
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Another community garden success story. — Douglas
Growing community: Church garden project brings neighbors together to grow healthy food
Two short years ago, the backyard of Waynesville’s Grace Church in the Mountains was basically just grass, save for a single container bed at the top of the hill.
These days, the view is quite different. Six long container beds stretch out along the slope from the road to the church’s back door. A scaffolding that held a tent of beans during the warmer months stands to the side, and at the bottom of the hill is yet another group of raised beds, built high at the end of a flat walkway so that people with mobility issues can still access and enjoy them. There’s a toolshed, a gaggle of scarecrows and two in-ground beds dug directly into the land.
It’s the home of the Grace Giving Garden.
“We decided, ‘We have this land. It’s just growing grass. Why do we have to grow grass?’” said Emily Chatfield-Lusto, who co-facilitates the garden along with fellow Master Gardeners Jim Geenan and Mary Alice Lodico.
So, they got to work — making plans, making beds, making connections. All the produce grown there, they decided, would help feed the more than 200 families that use the church’s food pantry. But now, the produce goes to more homes than just 200.
“It just sort of took off,” Chatfield-Lusto said. “This year we decided, ‘Why don’t we reach out to different community organizations and see if they want to come garden with us?’”
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An interesting study of Community Gardens and their impact on their communities. — Douglas
The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of how community gardens can catalyze positive change in an urban environment, to determine and catalog the impacts, and to learn about their importance to small-scale agricultural production. The study surveyed neighbors of the two umbrella organizations community gardens, The Nuestras Raices of Holyoke and Growing the Community of Springfield, who strive to ensure that local families gets enough food to feed their families on a daily basis.
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Native Plant Sale Weekend
Sale items will include seeds, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees.Wildflower seeds. Books: native gardening, natural history, children’s, field guides, posters. Refreshments available for purchase
Date: Oct 14 to Oct 15
Sepulveda Garden Center, (near Hayvenhurst)
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino 91436
Contact: Snowdy Dodson – 818-782-9346