Free Back Issues of Organic Gardening

Hell, yes. here’s something to help you… or… ummm… me… get through the last days of winter. Eighteen back issues of Organic Gardening magazine, dating from 2005 to 2008 are available in their entirety for free viewing on Google books. I love it when magazines do this, although it doesn’t compel me to get rid


Assorted and Sundry for 08/12/17

Photo credit: esprite cabane Flower Fairy Lights – Make this pretty D.I.Y light string using L.E.D lights and egg cartons. – via Craftzine. Carnivorous Plants Calendar – Download and print out this open-ended calendar (you fill in the days) featuring illustrations of your favourite carnivorous plants. Science Tattoos at Discover Magazine – I really like

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Ella’s Botanicals – Healing Skin Salve

This little pot of Healing Skin Salve by Ella’s Botanicals is currently saving my life. When I last wrote I was suffering from a bandage-related allergy but the actual tattoo wasn’t too bad — a little itching here and there but nothing unbearable. Well, shortly thereafter things took a turn with the allergy calming considerably


The ReadyMade Gardening Challenge

They did it once a few years back and now they’re doing it again. ReadyMade Mag is looking for contenders for their next Gardening Challenge. Here’s the deal: You send ReadyMade photos of your current “garden” space and plans with innovative but thrifty ideas to alter the space. ReadyMade gives you $300 to make it

Assorted and Sundry for 08/07/29

Leaves Speak; a Journalist Listens – A book of photos of rag tag burdock leaves by journalist Janet Malcolm. Boulder, curbside gardeners spar over right-of-way – City of Boulder, CO Threatening to Fine Curbside Gardener. – Thanks Renee Toronto’s Royal York Hotel Adds Bee Keeping to Their Roof Garden – I really want to see

Your Questions Answered: Black Bottomed Tomatoes

Question: I am having a problem with some tomato plants in my back yard. The plants are growing good and strong and small green tomatoes are begging to grow. I looked at the bottom of one tomato and it is turning black. Can you please tell me what is causing this. There are several tomatoes

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is the solstice and tomorrow is supposedly the longest day of the year, two days I have been looking forward to for months and will likely be looking forward to come next December. Low and behold the weather has cooperated. Skies are currently clear and sunny. You could even call the current temperature “warmish”

The One Where I Got My Heart Broken, Again

The street garden has been significantly damaged again, this time by a painter my landlord hired to paint a so-called mural on the wall. He had to have the mural done to save the garden from “graffiti peoples”, he told me in a letter left in my mailbox as a so-called apology. Yet “graffiti peoples”

Assorted and Sundry for 08/05/30

Eddie’s Tower Comes Down – I was so sad to hear that Eddie’s Tower (aka The Tower of Toys) at the 6th Street & Avenue B Community Garden in New York’s East Village was torn down recently. I’d heard it was going and had been hoping to get there for one last look. Scotts: “Oops.

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Chaos on the Roof: A Before

Click the image to see full-size. This is what the roof looked like last Friday shortly after we had commenced project The Best and Most Ass Kicking the Roof Garden Has Ever Been, EVER 2008. High winds on the roof have made me a little fearful of getting up on a ladder to take and

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FYI – New Category

I recently added a new category, “Gayla’s Gardens” to the site archive. I’m sorry about the title, I know it’s lame. Just reading that back makes me think it should be displayed in Mistral and accompanied by a photo of me sporting matching floral-patterned knee pads, apron, gloves and a GIANT smile. I’d be wearing

Food Gardening is on the Rise

More and more publications are reporting on the changing tide towards growing our own food, most especially in urban areas. This is something I can sense with my own eyes and ears as more and more community gardens crop up in every city I visit, and as more and more emails flood my inbox with

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