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    A Gadget to Help Your Green Thumb

    Edyn Garden Sensor notifies gardeners about water and soil conditions.The Edyn Garden Sensor has the ability to relay real-time data about the status of your garden and can even suggest which plants will grow the best based on information it gathers from the soil. The sensor was created by ...

    Designing Ecological Backyard Gardens: An Interview with Jessi Bloom

     Jessi Bloom, author of Free Range Chicken Gardens, explains how to get the most out of a small garden with low-maintenance edibles and chickens at the 2013 Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington. When Jessi Bloom set out to design lush gardens for people who wanted to water less ...

    The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 04.10.12

     Why honeybees haven’t been doing so well lately. ***Is Google erecting its very own paywall? ***Recreating San Francisco streets with 100,000 toothpicks and an incredible level of commitment. ***Why are so many solar panels made in China? ***Do Americans believe race relations are ...

    The Incredible Edible Forest

    You’ve heard of farm to table. Coming soon: park to table. This spring, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, seven acres of underused land will be transformed into the nation’s largest urban “food forest”—a community park planted with a cornucopia of produce that visitors are ...

    Galactic Gardens: How to Eat Local in Space

    What must it feel like to be an astronaut: weightless, rocketing farther and farther from home and country, gazing out your craft’s window at the deepness of space, wondering where you can get a good salad...As astronauts set their sights on a not-so-distant mission to Mars, scientists are ...

    Guerrilla Grafters: Turning Urban Streets into Orchards

    What do you get if you cross an apple tree with a littleleaf linden? The Guerrilla Grafters—a renegade urban gardening group in San Francisco—hope the result is a metropolitan food forest. The volunteer activists splice branches from fruit trees onto the non–fruit bearing trees that line ...

    Detroit Crop City

    The decay of present-day Detroit has been well chronicled, and the new documentary film Urban Roots in its first minutes treads familiar ground as it unspools a now-familiar montage of crumbling warehouses and gutted bungalows in the ailing Motor City. But before you can hurl charges of “ruin ...

    Falling Hard for Urban Farming

    “Why would someone spend their limited leisure time shoveling horse-shit into a compost pile?” wonders Jason Mark, co-manager at San Francisco’s Alemany Farm, which hosts community workdays twice a week.More and more, people are clamoring to join in the urban farming movement and get ...

    The Elusive 2,000-Pound Pumpkin

    The biggest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,810.5 pounds. It was planted in the spring of 2010 and cultivated through the summer by Chris Stevens, a pumpkin enthusiast and cross-breeder extraordinaire, from New Richmond, Wisconsin. Stevens’ gargantuan gourd was anything but a fluke found in ...

    Growing Home

    Are you an Iowan who professes an unshakable love for the sweet corn that comes from your local farmstand? A Mainer who can’t live without your state’s legendary blueberries? A Californian who considers the silky-fleshed avocados plucked from your backyard tree unparalleled? The flavors ...

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