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Canada: Winter – What we are eating today at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

Giving away bay leaves on the Greenway.

Midwinter! January 14, 2021 – A Canadian winter, nutrition basket. All grown with the help of COMPOST!

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Jan 14, 2021

Sitting next to the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver has milder temperatures than the rest of Canada, much like Seattle in the USA. City Farmer runs the Compost Demonstration Garden where we use compost to grow food and flowers. Today, in the depths of winter, we harvest food from our bay leaf tree, basil from our indoor AeroGarden, Asian greens from our homemade cold-frame, arugula from our plastic greenhouse, fresh greens from a LifeSpace planter, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbages from raised earth beds, and beets from beneath that earth.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

The First-time Gardener: Growing Vegetables

Forthcoming: All the know-how and encouragement you need to grow – and fall in love with! – your brand new food garden

By Jessica Sowards
Cool Springs Press
February 2, 2021

Planting your first vegetable garden can be intimidating; it’s tough to know where to start. Before you sink your hands into the soil, you want answers to all of those questions rolling around inside your head. In The First-Time Gardener’s Guide to Growing Vegetables, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.

Where do I put my new garden?
How do I prepare the soil?
What vegetables should I plant?
Is it better to start new plants from seed or should I buy transplants?
What about watering, feeding, and taking care of my garden?
What do I do if bugs show up?

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January 9, 2021   No Comments

Growing Under Cover

Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable Garden

By Niki Jabbour
Storey Publishing, LLC
December 22, 2020

Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and pest infestations are challenging today’s vegetable gardeners. But best-selling author Niki Jabbour has a solution: Growing Under Cover. In this in-depth guide, Jabbour shows how to use small solutions like cloches, row covers, shade cloth, cold frames, and hoophouses, as well as larger protective structures like greenhouses and polytunnels, to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive.

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January 8, 2021   No Comments

Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold

The information and advice in Fresh from the Garden will enrich the experience of cold climate gardeners.

By John Whitman
Univ Of Minnesota Press
Illustrated edition (Jan. 10 2017)

To get the tastiest, most nutritious produce, you have to grow your own, and in a cold climate this presents unique challenges. Fresh from the Garden will help you extend the growing season to produce the best vegetables, berries, and herbs, right in your own backyard. The guide includes more than 150 edible plants and helps you decide which varieties to choose; where and how to plant, tend, and harvest them; and what to do with your bounty. Fresh from the Garden is a clear, concise guide, with nutrition information tables and hundreds of helpful color photographs.

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December 24, 2020   Comments Off on Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold

Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable

Jabbour highlights the many benefits of using protective covers to plant earlier, eliminate pests, and harvest a healthier, heartier bounty year round.

Forthcoming December 22, 2020

By Niki Jabbour
Storey Publishing

Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and pest infestations are challenging today’s vegetable gardeners. But best-selling author Niki Jabbour has a solution: Growing Under Cover. In this in-depth guide, Jabbour shows how to use small solutions like cloches, row covers, shade cloth, cold frames, and hoophouses, as well as larger protective structures like greenhouses and polytunnels, to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive.

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November 8, 2020   Comments Off on Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable

Singapore: Grow your own veggies at home

Plants suitable for growing in hydroponics systems include Japanese chye sim.PHOTO: COMCROP

Let’s face it – agriculture is not an industry people have given much thought to in urban Singapore.

By Melody Bay
Straits Time
Oct 16, 2020

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But if you are one of those who decided to start growing your own vegetables during the circuit breaker, you are not alone.

“Growing food at home gives you that feeling of self-sufficiency,” says Mr Darren Tan, education and outreach manager at local rooftop farm ComCrop.

“After the experience that a lot of us had during the outbreak – going to the supermarket and finding that the produce is out of stock – most people have realised that growing vegetables at home that they can eat is quite a practical solution.”

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October 23, 2020   Comments Off on Singapore: Grow your own veggies at home

Claire Ratinon – Author of ‘How to Grow Your Dinner without Leaving the House’

Originally an independent-documentary filmmaker, she stumbled across a rooftop farm in Brooklyn while working in New York.

By Charlene Prempeh
Financial Times
Oct 11, 2020

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It’s surprising, however, to discover that Ratinon’s love of nature is relatively new. “I grew up in an immigrant family in Surrey and I was really bookish,” she says by way of explanation. “There was a sense that nature wasn’t for us.” Originally an independent-documentary filmmaker, she stumbled across a rooftop farm in Brooklyn while working in New York. The films she had been making related to social justice, but her exposure to gardening heightened a growing disillusionment with the industry. “I told myself the work I was doing was making change,” she recalls, “but after a while, I thought, ‘Who are you kidding?’ You are one step removed from the change.’”

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October 16, 2020   Comments Off on Claire Ratinon – Author of ‘How to Grow Your Dinner without Leaving the House’