Defining a Garden’s Purpose

Organic Mechanic's Garden in San Francisco

Organic Mechanic’s Garden in San Francisco

I’m an idiot when it comes to garden design. To up my skills in this department I attended the annual Garden Blogger’s Fling last week, which took place this year in San Francisco. Thankfully the Fling did not involve sitting in a sterile hotel conference room. Instead, we boarded two buses and took a look at fifteen spectacular gardens in the bay area over three days.

I’ll share the gardening lessons I learned over a couple of posts. But if I could take away only one lesson it would be this: every garden has a purpose, but great gardens have clear and beneficial purposes.

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Saturday Linkages: Of Tiny Shops and Margarita Dermatitis

The smallest shop in London.

The smallest shop in London.

Gardening
How to make a ferrocement raised bed: http://www.ruralize.com/Genes  Projects/ferrocement/ferrocement garden bed.html

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Gardening with Children: http://www.nwedible.com/2013/06/the-agony-and-the-ecstasy-of-gardening-with-children.html …

Live light

Join the Aussies in a Plastic-Free July: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/the-challenge.html

Stuff to worry about
With 2 Weeks’ Worth Of Trans Fat, Long John Silver’s ‘Big Catch’ Dubbed Worst Restaurant Meal http://wp.me/p2L7Ik-GvOF 

Four paralyzed after herb mix-up in Italy: http://barfblog.com/2013/06/4-paralyzed-after-herb-mix-up-in-italy/ …

Royal Mail warns Shropshire man over ‘aggressive’ raspberry bush | http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/28/postmen-refuse-to-deliver-mail-to-shropshire-man-with-aggressive-raspberry-bush-3860915/ …

Combination Of Limes, Sun Can Result In ‘Margarita Dermatitis’: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070815153545.htm#.UdXAlb3MdZ8.twitter …

Twitter to allow advertisers to target your browsing history, email addresses; here’s how to opt out: http://boingboing.net/2013/07/03/twitter-will-allow-advertisers.html …

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Smallest shop in history: http://collectivehistory.tumblr.com/post/54217812035/the-smallest-shop-in-london-a-shoe-salesman-with …

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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?

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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 . . .