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Build a compost cafe | Wild About Gardens

Build a compost cafe | Wild About Gardens | Edible Garden | Scoop.it
Compost cafe. Besides being one of the most positive things anyone with a garden can do to reduce landfill and enrich their soil, compost heaps are wildlife attractors in their own right.
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What's the Difference Between Hybrid and Heirloom Vegetables?

Is there a difference and is one type of vegetable seed better for you than another. Here's a breakdown of what it means when a vegetable is defined as hybrid, open pollinated, heirloom or even genetically modified (GMO).
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Heritage and heirloom seeds: they really do taste better

Lisa Darnell: If gardening is the new rock'n'roll, then growing bespoke plant varieties is surely the indie-pop equivalent
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Growing Vegetables in Containers

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Tips for successfully growing vegetables in containers, including sizes, varieties and potential problems.
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The Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed

The Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed | Edible Garden | Scoop.it
Spend less on your vegetable garden by starting more of your plants from seed. Here's a list of the easiest vegetables to grow from seed:
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How to Make a Compost Bin from a Garbage Can

How to Make a Compost Bin from a Garbage Can | Edible Garden | Scoop.it
Turn a spare garbage can into a compost bin in 30 minutes or less.
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How to start your own square foot garden

How to start your own square foot garden | Edible Garden | Scoop.it

Square food gardening is the perfect introduction to growing a successful vegetable garden. In a square-foot garden, plants thrive in raised boxes that are sectioned and filled with nutrient-rich soils.

 

Follow the photo-link to find these instructions, and you can start enjoying organic vegetables from your own backyard!


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Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, July 10, 2013 11:27 AM

Brilliant tips for those who don't have enough space for a regular garden.

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Gardening and its Health, Mental and Financial Benefits

Gardening and its Health, Mental and Financial Benefits | Edible Garden | Scoop.it

There are many great perks to gardening. It makes your home look welcoming, adds warmth to a bare room, and burns some extra calories. 

 

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Christine Deckert Zimmerman's curator insight, June 17, 2013 9:23 PM

I especially love the therapy it provides me :)

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Heirloom plant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An heirloom plant, heirloom variety, heritage fruit (Australia), or (especially in the UK) heirloom vegetable is an old cultivar that is "still maintained by gardeners and farmers particularly in isolated or ethnic communities".[1] These may have been commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but are not used in modern large-scale agriculture. In some parts of the world, notably the European Union, it is illegal to sell seeds of cultivars that are not listed as approved for sale.[2] The Henry Doubleday Research Association, now known as Garden Organic responded to this legislation by setting up the Heritage Seed Library to preserve seeds of as many of the older cultivars as possible. However, seed banks alone have not been able to provide sufficient insurance against catastrophic loss.[2]

Many heirloom vegetables have kept their traits through open pollination, while fruit varieties such as apples have been propagated over the centuries through grafts and cuttings. The trend of growing heirloom plants in gardens has been growing in popularity in North America and Europe in recent decades.

Before the industrialization of agriculture, a much wider variety of plant foods were grown for human consumption. In modern agriculture in the industrialized world, most food crops are now grown in large, monocultural plots. In order to maximize consistency, few varieties of each type of crop are grown. These varieties are often selected for their productivity, their ability to withstand mechanical picking and cross-country shipping, and their tolerance to drought, frost, or pesticides. Heirloom gardening is a reaction against this trend. In the Global South, heirloom plants are still widely grown, for example in the home gardens of South and Southeast Asia.

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RHS advice on gardening / RHS Gardening

RHS advice on gardening / RHS Gardening | Edible Garden | Scoop.it
Find out what to do in your garden each month, including topical monthly advice, pest and disease watch, grow your own fruit and vegetable and practical videos.
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How Much to Plant in the Vegetable Garden

How Much to Plant in the Vegetable Garden | Edible Garden | Scoop.it
It's very easy to get carried away, planting a vegetable garden. Before you find yourself knee-deep in green beans, here are some guidelines for determining how much to plant, per person.
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Perennial Foods

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A list of perennial herbs, vegetables, fruits and legumes. Plant your garden once and you'll save time and money.
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How To Start Composting At Home, A Guide For Beginners

How To Start Composting At Home, A Guide For Beginners | Edible Garden | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your garden is feed it with nutrient-rich compost. This mix of decaying vegetable matter, grass cli...
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