Garden News from Abroad

Organic gardens on terraces was the topic in the DNA- Daily News and Analysis from Bangalore recently.  Professor Viswanath Narayan talked about planting on terraces in Bangalore to reduce heat…primarily for the good of peoples’ health..also to cool the house and reduce energy bills.

Carbon footprints are reduced.  Pollution is reduced as kitchen waste can be composted and returned to the soil.

We are encouraged to start with one pot a week.  As you grow the number of pots…don’t forget, go vertical as terrace space is generally a small confine.  Start with leafy green veges as these are the easiest to grow.  Grow what you like to eat, and use often…eg) tomatoes, mint, parsley, coriander, basil,and chillies.

Think about the possibilities….workplaces, schools, companies….

Moving on to Indianapolis….this city has an urban gardening initiative.  Intended to promote community, economic development and local, sustainable agriculture.  Regarding the issue of contaminated soil, especially with lead, Gabriel Filipelli, a professor at Indiana University, suggests capping the contamination with a layer of new mulch and clean soil before planting, or build new raised beds.  He says heavy metals tend to sink.  Soil testing would be prudent.

Something else caught my eye…Vegetable Gardening as Art??

a recent post in the Cornell Daily Sun, by Chris Palermo, was about a student artist — Maggie Prendergast.

Maggie’s senior thesis for her art degree was entitled  “Photosynthesis”.  She created a vegetable garden as public art in the Arts Quad.  She wished to raise issues of land use, sustainability and local food production.  She apparently followed the inspiration of Franz Haeg, and architect who planted a series of gardens called Edible Estates, which encouraged people to replace their lawn with a vegetable garden.

On this note..a new piece of art is under development in my own backyard…my partner has just constructed a new raised bed and we have just filled it with a mixture of topsoil and compost from the local council green recycling site…

further installments to follow!

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