Blog address change

Dear Readers,

We have greatly appreciated your readership, comments, and feedback on our sustainable gardening blog over the years!

We’re not going far, but due to recent technical issues, we are relocating our blog. You can still find archives here, but all new articles (as well as archives) will now be available at

Please redirect your bookmarks to the new blog site, and you’ll find lots more great sustainable gardening articles, tips, and resources there in the weeks and months to come!

We hope to see you over there soon. Come on over and check our our new blog home!

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Give Thanks for Community Supported Agriculture

If you don’t have locally grown food as a part of your Thanksgiving feast today, you are missing out!

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way for those with limited garden space to still eat locally, and support your local community and environment. Many small farmers grow more sustainably, and the food can be more healthful as well.

Here are some great articles on Community Supported Agriculture – learn more, and perhaps you can help support your community (and your family’s holiday table) through a CSA for a holiday feast sometime soon! (And be sure to check our Cooking From Scratch blog for some good CSA recipes – what to do with all those unusual veggies you aren’t normally exposed to?? All the more fun to experiment with, my dear!)

Have a wonderful, fun, warm, and filling Thanksgiving!

Small Space Gardening: Urban Agriculture and our CSA
My other sphere of activity is Urban Agriculture and our very small, experimental CSA. Three of us started doing Urban Agriculture (growing food in other people’s back yards) mid 2008 with the intention of learning how to grow our own …
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11/22/2010 19:06

Interesting article on farming and the development of CSA in
Interesting article on farming and the development of CSA in Taiwan Elizabeth Henderson: A CSA Mission to Taiwan : Chelsea Green Farmer and author Elizabeth Henderson, whose book is Sharing The Harvest: A Citizen’s …
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11/22/2010 14:13

Instead of a CSA, How About Agriculture-Supported Community
Jason Mark is a columnist for’s Sustainable Food cause. He is a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots and the editor of Earth Island Journa… Read more of this post, Instead of a CSA, …
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11/21/2010 11:12

Vegan Burnout: CSA Week 22: Fennelicious.
These last few CSA recaps are gonna be kind of weird, kids, because we did some random things with our produce. (Minds. Out of the gutter. Now!) So, here we go: Our first fennel! What an odd vegetable. It took me a little Internetting …
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11/22/2010 19:33

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CSAs for the Holidays

The holidays are drawing near, and many gardeners have given up their gardens for the winter, finishing up the cleaning, composting, and mulching, and resigning themselves to a winter of bland, lackluster supermarket produce, with dreams of next year’s gardens dancing in their heads.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! Even if you may not be able to garden throughout the winter in your area, you may still be able to find fresh, locally grown foods as close as your nearest farm stand or community market. Many areas now support multiple CSA (community supported agriculture) programs, some of which offer winter shares as well!

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In my Central Ohio area, I suffered through the past few winters of bland, tasteless tomatoes and wilted lettuce shipped from thousands of miles away, oblivious to the bounty growing nearly in my own backyard! Though an avid summer CSA member, I was unaware that it was possible to get locally grown veggies here in the winter, until a mutual local food enthusiast turned me on to a winter CSA, producing certified organic veggies year round, in a series of large greenhouses less than 2 hours from my home. (They deliver weekly to our community.)

This will be the first year I will be able to subsist on largely local food year-round, and I am so excited for my first winter share – coming next week! (I also am a member of a meat CSA, offering naturally-raised local meats.) Milk, bread, apples, and sometimes cheese are also available through the CSA.

With a bit of luck, the right connections, and the fortitude to seek out area farmers near you, you may be surprised at just how well (and how local) you can eat, even during the winter!

For more info on CSAs, and how to find one in your area, visit our website at:

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Recent News on Xeriscaping

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To wrap up our short series this week on xeriscaping, here are some helpful articles on the topic. From description and benefits, to good plant choices, to gorgeous pictures of some lovely options for your xeriscape, you’re sure to find some good resources in the list below.

And feel free to post your own tips and ideas for xeriscaping or sustainable gardening below!

Xeriscaping Basics
In fact, you’re probably familiar with xeriscaping or you wouldn’t have found our site and this article you’re about to read, but just in case you stumbled here in some other way, let’s take a moment to talk about what xeriscaping is …
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11/12/2010 2:12

10 Best Plants for Xeriscaping – EcoSalon | Organic Green Fashion
You’re the perfect candidate for xeriscaping.As a desert dweller, I know firsthand that this eco-friendly method of gardening conserves water, requires minimal upkeep, significantly reduces your water bills and yields stunning greenery …
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03/23/2009 8:00

Bring the Green: Xeriscaping
your yard or garden means reducing or eliminating the need for irrigation. Here are some ways you can save water outside. Use native and adaptive plants for your region- use plants known to thrive naturally in your climate. …
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11/09/2010 11:07

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The Principles of Xeriscaping
I have to admit that when I first moved to the desert and heard the word “Xeriscape“, I didn’t want anything to do with it. To me, at the time, I thought it meant zero plants and more rock. The fact of the matter is that xeriscaping can …
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11/03/2010 22:42

Xeriscaping and Stunning Desert Gardens that Save Water
, commonly known as drought tolerant gardening, can be spectacular and resource friendly if planned properly and maintained regularly.
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07/06/2010 23:55

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Video – Benefits of Xeriscaping

For those new to xeriscaping, this video provides a nice introduction, a description of some of the benefits to be gained, as well as some good ideas for incorporating xeriscaping into your own garden.

Xeriscaping can be a great addition to our sustainable gardening practices, conserving water as well as other resources, while still providing an attractive and productive garden. (If video does not appear below, please click link to view.)

Xeriscaping Basics-HGTV Pro
Xeriscaping uses drought-tolerant native plants for a water-efficient yard. This video is part of Best Practices show . SHOW DESCRIPTION :The best techniques for building and remodeling homes.

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Using Xeriscaping to Save Time and Water

While having a full fledged garden is rewarding and enjoyable, lots of people simply don’t have the time that is required to maintain it. Whether you have too much going on at work or too many kids to take care of, you should never try to operate a garden if you don’t think you can handle it.


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However, for those people who are just too busy for a normal garden, I would suggest a somewhat recent method of gardening, which you may not have heard of, known as Xeriscaping. This minimal yet stylish theory first emerged in Colorado when water levels were at an all time low. It is a great method of having a great looking yard or garden, without having to maintain it or water it very often at all.

If you live in a dry climate such as Colorado, many places now offer free Xeriscaping lessons in order to encourage the conservation of water. If your area is undergoing a drought, you should check with the water suppliers and see if they are offering lessons. If you attend those, you will be able to get advice specific to your region (IE types of plants to grow, how much to water them, etc).

To some, the name Xeriscaping conjures the image of a yard that consists of a giant rock bed. However, this is known as “zero scaping”, and it is a considerably different concept. It focuses on reducing your yard to nothing that requires any maintenance whatsoever.

Unfortunately this is usually just rocks. But this shouldn’t be your goal. While keeping maintenance at a minimum, it is still possibly to retain a nice looking yard that won’t attract the negative attention of everyone who passes by.


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This might sound like it would be hard to implement without making your yard into a hideous mess, but this is not so at all. The theory basically involves choosing plants which are low maintenance to begin with, then putting them each in environments that are ideal. It is usually applied by figuring out what side of the house to place it on to get the best amount of shade, and figuring out how to group it with plants with similar water needs.

To get started in your Xeriscaping renovation, you first need to pick out
all the plants you will be using. They should for the most part require a
low amount of water. This doesn’t mean you can only grow cactuses in your yard. Just cut back on the really thirsty plants that you have to water every day to keep alive. You’ll want to stick with local plants for the most part, and don’t go with anything too exotic as these generally
require larger amounts of water.

The second most important principle of xeriscaping is placing the plants
in ideal areas. If you place them all together with plants that require
essentially the same amount of water, then you will end up saving lots of
water. Also place the plants in areas where they will be protected from
wind or excessive sun, depending on the needs of the plants. Xeriscaping
is almost the same thing as microclimating, just with more of a focus on
adaptation to harsh conditions rather than avoiding them. So if it sounds
good to you and you’re looking to save time and water by renovating your garden, you should look for xeriscaping lessons.

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Recent News in Hydroponic Gardening

As a follow up to our recent series on hydroponic gardening, here are a few other interesting articles. Gardening hydroponically can be particularly useful for those who have little or no traditional garden space.

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Part of becoming self-sufficient and responsible for our own food supply involves being able to grow at least a part of it ourselves. For city and apartment dwellers, this can seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. Use of hydroponic techniques can allow one to successfully grow food indoors, and utilize the availability of vertical space.

How to Grow a Garden When You Have No Yard | Holistic Survival Show
There are some clear cut advantages to hydroponic gardening: 1. Allows urban dwellers to raise their own food, without a dedicated yard. 2. The nutrient solution recycles constantly through the closed system, which means less waste and …
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11/10/2010 15:49

Hydroponics and Indoor Hydroponic Gardening
Hydroponic gardening
is often defined as “the cultivation of plants in water.” Research has since determined that many different aggregates or media will support plant growth; therefore, the definition of hydroponic gardening has been …
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10/29/2010 19:20

Grow Lights for Hydroponics Gardening | MOJeDELO HOME IMPROVEMENT
One can enjoy hydroponics gardening any season of the year, but it is especially rewarding during the cold and dark winter days. Being a type of indoor gardening, this system implies growing of plants in a special growing medium, …
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11/10/2010 9:48

How Hydroponics Can Benefit Your Apartment Garden | Oh My Apartment
For lots of beginning gardeners who don’t have an accessible outdoor plot, hydroponics is the perfect solution for helping to get home-grown herbs and vegetables to the table without using a conventional.
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11/04/2010 12:35

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For more info on hydroponic gardening, check out our last few posts, or you can also find hydroponic gardening kits and supplies on

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