Saturday Linkages: Of Tiny Shops and Margarita Dermatitis

The smallest shop in London.

The smallest shop in London.

How to make a ferrocement raised bed:  Projects/ferrocement/ferrocement garden bed.html

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Gardening with Children: …

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Join the Aussies in a Plastic-Free July:

Stuff to worry about
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Four paralyzed after herb mix-up in Italy: …

Royal Mail warns Shropshire man over ‘aggressive’ raspberry bush | …

Combination Of Limes, Sun Can Result In ‘Margarita Dermatitis’: …

Twitter to allow advertisers to target your browsing history, email addresses; here’s how to opt out: …

Smallest shop in history: …

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Farm Hack

farm hack

Farm Hack is an innovative blog that synthesizes high tech and low tech in the service of growing food and community. The blog is run by the National Young Farmers Coalition. While geared towards agriculture, many of the posts will be of interest to backyard gardeners. Recent subjects include a project to develop an infrared camera to monitor plant health, smartphone tools for farmers and open source appropriate technology resources. It’s exactly this kind of innovation that gives me great hope for the future.

Thanks to Tommy Berbas for the tip.

Are You Gardening on the 4th?


In the garden today? I just got back from a three day tour of San Francisco Bay Area gardens and will be reporting on that trip soon. In the meantime, I’ve put up over 600 photos from the “Garden Blogger’s Flinghere.

Above is a bee visiting a striking plant at Sunset Magazine’s headquarters. Unfortunately, I did not get the name of the plant. Bragging rights go to the person who names it in the comments . . .

Saturday Linkages: DIY Coffee Tables, Ride Shares and Hot to Grill

coffee table made with pallet

Coffee table made with pallet: …

Sorry Uber, Los Angeles Has Been Banning Ride-Shares For a Century …

Metro threatens Phantom Planter with arrest if he tends his DuPont Circle station flowers

The Three Zone Fire: How to Grill Perfect Meat | The Art of Manliness …

Protect power cords from cable-gnawing cats: …

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Straw Bale Garden Tour Part I

In this vide we take you into the backyard for a tour of our straw bale garden.

We started rotting the bales in late April by adding blood meal. In May we added a balanced fertilizer and started planting the bales. In the video you’ll see the veggies we planted in early June.

The soaker hose you see comes from Home Depot. I’m pretty sure it is this stuff.

Every other week I add some fish emulsion to a watering can and hand water the plants to make sure they have enough nutrients.

Leave your questions in the comments.