Garden Knowledge

Pollution and growing food in the city- what’s safe and what isn’t.

It’s a common question I get asked from time to time in relation to growing food in the city for consumption, especially in the urban permaculture garden that I was up until recently managing in the heart of Berlin, tucked away behind a very busy road, and a stone’s throw away from the highway. ‘Don’t we need to be careful of contaminants and pollution levels when growing in an urban environment?’. And the answer is yes, but only to a certain degree. So what is that degree? And what should we be mindful of?

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Garden Knowledge

Soil basics 101: A comprehensive guide for the garden nerd

For many, it is taught from a young age to stay as far away from soil as possible – getting dirty is a bad thing and therefore soil is a bad thing. But soil is an important part of our lives and history and we wouldn’t be here without it. It is the birthplace of the vast array of plants we see covering the earth, including the ones in our gardens.

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DIY

A taste of edible flowers

Flowers are widely beloved for their variety of colors, shapes, smells, and effortless  beauty. While we commonly enjoy them with our eyes and nose, it is not widely known that we can add in a third sense and enjoy them with our taste buds.

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DIY

3 things to consider when starting your growing space

Starting out growing things of your own can be a daunting task if it’s your first time. I am a firm believer that having a green thumb is not something that you are necessarily born with, like being a talented musician. Rather it’s something that can be built up over time with experience, observation, and enthusiastic interest. And having the correct information and knowing how to plan is one of the key cornerstones to success.

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Interviews

Silent heroes: Interview with Esiah Levy

We all have the power to create and facilitate a greater difference then we can imagine. Personally, you cannot impress me more as an individual than if you have a hobby or occupation that contributes to the greater good, and benefits more than just your day-to-day living.

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Miscellaneous

A brief history of urban gardening

Urban gardening is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around for as long as humans have lived in cities! Through time, the significance of urban gardening has taken on different levels of meaning; serving as tools for social reform, as subsistence in times of food insecurity, and even as a simple pastime in times of prosperity.

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DIY

How to grow your own avocado tree at home

One of our favourite test garden successes is a 2-meter avocado tree, that has been going strong for more than 2 years now. We planted the pit on a whim and from the first day until the plant was actually strong enough to be planted up to a pot, almost 6 months passed.

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