Borage: It’s what’s for dinner

image courtesy of wikimedia commons Our friend Milli (Master Gardener of the Milagro Allegro community garden) stopped by today to pick up some sourdough starter. On seeing our back yard swamped abundant with borage (Borago officinalis), she mentioned that she’s been really digging borage tacos lately. This was very exciting news to us, because we’d never eaten our borage leaves–only the flowers. So tonight I went out...

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Backwards is the New Forwards

Our beekeeping mentor Kirk Anderson had some words of wisdom on Facebook yesterday, Hey, the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Better plant that garden get those chickens plant a tree and get some bees. I have spoken. Got nothing more to add to that. And, about getting those bees, watch Kirk’s instructional videos on the website of the Backwards Beekeepers. ...

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Vermicomposting Class

...em of yard and house, such as: * How to combine vermicomposting and thermacomposting in stepped systems* How to integrate vermicomposting with a dry toilet or pet waste composting system* How to best use your castings in the garden* Tips for the apartment dweller* What to do with all those extra worms… And more! Nancy Klehm is a long-time urban forager and grower, ecological system designer, artist and intrepid soil builder. She spent ov...

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Iron Sulfate as a Concrete Stain

My concrete Platonic solids stained with iron sulfate. I’m not a big fan of concrete in the garden. It raises soil alkalinity (a problem for us, here in the Southwestern US) and it prevents rain from infiltrating into the ground. That being said, concrete is occasionally useful and/or unavoidable. But I also don’t like the color of bare concrete, nor can I afford the high price of concrete stains. Thankfully there’s a...

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Composting at the NATO Protests in Chicago

...al movements. They were in Chicago to set up a free community kitchen to serve thousands of NATO conference protestors. Steven said they needed my assistance with their food waste as they had already overwhelmed a small urban garden’s compost bin. It was late, so I waited until morning and drove my pickup to their site – a parking lot between a community center and an auto parts store. The scene was impressive: a maroon biodiesel school bus wit...

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Saturday Linkages: Rude and Stinky

The very stinky Dracunculus vulgaris on the Garden Professors’ Blog Stacking metal lunchbox made from tuna cans: http:// boingboing.net/2012/06/28/sta  … Grow Something Rude and Smelly-Dracunculus vulgaris: http:// ow.ly/1O9FIl Moss Tiles – a rally bad idea: http:// ow.ly/1O9FGX Life Magazine 1948: Chicago Family’s Mutant Bikes http:// is.gd/kSBy9U via @bikejuju Geodesic Hub Connectors – http://www. domerama.com/d...

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Saturday Linkages: Of Sewer Hunting and Fermented Lemonade

Fermented Lemonade: http:// thecultivatedlife.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/ho-  … http:// Bedroom Almanac: Wall Decor Changes With Lunar Cycle dornob.com/bedroom-almana  … How to Sew on a Button | The Art of Manliness http:// artofmanliness.com/2012/06/28/sew  … Sewer hunting–the worst job ever: http:// blogs.smithsonianmag.com/history/2012/0  … Silver Lake’s Vertical Garden Gets Peeled Away: http://www. theeastsiderla.com/2012/07/...

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My Trip to Maker Faire

...lso runs homegrown.org. Yes, there were paintings done by snails.   Solar popped popcorn. A rep from Sweet Maria’s Coffee gave a great demo on all the ways you can roast your own coffee. Expensive AK-47 toting garden gnomes. And solar powered bikes. Not sure how this would work out on an LA street. Someone in the Homegrown area was processing greywater in bulk containers planted with bamboo. Overall I had a great time. It was...

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Indigo 101

...opping for indigo dye you’ll probably see either Indigofera tictorium, which is native to India, or Indigofera suffruticosa, which is native to Mexico and South America. • You can grow your own indigo (any seeds you buy labeled as Indigo will probably be tictorium or suffructicosa). Indigofera is a pretty plant from the legume family. That family is valuable in the garden because it draws nitrogen into the soil. It would be nice to grow jus...

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