Tag-Archive for ◊ home gardening ◊

• Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I have seen these vertical towers in action and they are a great invention because they save space and allow city dwellers to grow a good amount of food from any south facing window in homes and apartments.

Source: KickStarter

We want to change the way produce is grown & distributed, FOREVER

To accomplish this goal, we have to make the production of greens and vegetables easy to do and accessible to everyone.   So, we designed a special production system based on our patented vertical towers that allows us to grow more produce using less space, and then transport the unharvested towers to market.  It allows us to sell “You-Pick” vegetables at the supermarket, letting the customers pick exactly how much they want. 

• Thursday, February 16th, 2012

cucumberCoop la Maison Verte and Ferme du Zéphyr are teaming up for their 7th annual organic seedling sale.

This year, 30 new varieties were carefully selected by the farm and made available to gardeners, adding some fresh new options to the 170 varieties of heritage tomatoes, vegetables and herbs gardeners have grown to know and love.

Each of these varieties will certainly impress, in the garden as well as in summertime plates. Pre-orders can be placed through the Co-op’s online store at boutique.cooplamaisonverte.com or in store, at 5785 Sherbrooke street West as of February 19th.

Customers’ orders will be ready for pick up every Saturday, from May 12 to June 9. Customers can select the date that is most convenient for them.

Again this year, customers can opt for three conveniently-located drop off points: Coop la Maison Verte (NDG), Cabaret des Bons voisins (Pointe Claire village), and Coop Terre à Soi (Hochelaga Maisonneuve).

5785, Sherbrooke Ouest, métro Vendôme + autobus #105 – 514-489-8000

• Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Stick it to the Man. Live off the Grid. Break free from the Matrix. Free your Mind. Garden.

Source: TED


• Friday, September 24th, 2010

From the instructors:

Steve and I will teach our course on Sustainable Gardening Practices again, using the base of life cycle and from our last class, with a special focus on the harvest as well as putting the indoor and outdoor garden to bed for the winter.

With regard to the harvest there will be discussions of what to harvest, when, how to save and dry seeds and which seeds (from which plants) are viable for the next generation, etc.

We will also have a workshop on growing mushrooms and greens indoors and developing small indoor growing chambers. One of our principle interests is to assist the sustainable gardening community to grow and develop in Montreal.

The class will be held at Victoria Hall in Westmount as part of its community programs at 7-8:30 PM Thursday evenings for 10 weeks. It is $50 for residents and $80 for non-residents.

Source: City of Westmount

Learn ways to intergrate sustainable gardening practices in any home setting – backyard garden, windowsill or container planting, indoor winter blooms, etc. Bring sustainability into your life by the presence of nature around us. Explore nature, innovative landscaping and growing techniques. Classes will include time for Q & A.

• Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

An excellent view of the challenges we face from a man who has been a comic and inspirational force. For those who choose not to read the full article, here is a summary of trends he sees:

  1. Hope will fuel a mini “euphoria” for the first few months of the Obama Presidency, then reality will set in. He expects the Dow Industrial Stock Average to end up at 4000 sometime in 2009.
  2. Thousands of companies will fail and millions of jobs will be lost. Downsizing will occur at all levels of society: government, business and family.
  3. A new “servant class” will be created as domestic workers will start moving in with their employers.
  4. A massive return to home gardening: “Gardening is the new Golf”
  5. Oil and gas prices will rise and there may be spot shortages
  6. The U.S. dollar will be 40% of it’s current value by the end of 2009
  7. An end of robust globalism – the world is round after all, Tom Friedman.

Via: Clusterfuck Nation

There are two realities “out there” now competing for verification among those who think about national affairs and make things happen. The dominant one (let’s call it the Status Quo) is that our problems of finance and economy will self-correct and allow the project of a “consumer” economy to resume in “growth” mode. This view includes the idea that technology will rescue us from our fossil fuel predicament — through “innovation,” through the discovery of new techno rescue remedy fuels, and via “drill, baby, drill” policy. This view assumes an orderly transition through the current “rough patch” into a vibrant re-energized era of “green” Happy Motoring and resumed Blue Light Special shopping.

The minority reality (let’s call it The Long Emergency) says that it is necessary to make radically new arrangements for daily life and rather soon. It says that a campaign to sustain the unsustainable will amount to a tragic squandering of our dwindling resources. It says that the “consumer” era of economics is over, that suburbia will lose its value, that the automobile will be a diminishing presence in daily life, that the major systems we’ve come to rely on will founder, and that the transition between where we are now and where we are going is apt to be tumultuous.

My own view is obviously the one called The Long Emergency.

Since the change it proposes is so severe, it naturally generates exactly the kind of cognitive dissonance that paradoxically reinforces the Status Quo view, especially the deep wishes associated with saving all the familiar, comfortable trappings of life as we have known it. The dialectic between the two realities can’t be sorted out between the stupid and the bright, or even the altruistic and the selfish. The various tech industries are full of MIT-certified, high-achiever Status Quo techno-triumphalists who are convinced that electric cars or diesel-flavored algae excreta will save suburbia, the three thousand mile Caesar salad, and the theme park vacation. The environmental movement, especially at the elite levels found in places like Aspen, is full of Harvard graduates who believe that all the drive-in espresso stations in America can be run on a combination of solar and wind power. I quarrel with these people incessantly. It seems especially tragic to me that some of the brightest people I meet are bent on mounting the tragic campaign to sustain the unsustainable in one way or another. But I have long maintained that life is essentially tragic in the sense that history won’t care if we succeed or fail at carrying on the project of civilization.