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Post  Fran on Sun May 04, 2008 7:25 am

...Unlike traditional home gardeners who devote a corner of the yard to a few rows of vegetables, a new crop of minifarmers is tearing up the whole yard and planting foods such as arugula and kohlrabi that restaurants might want to buy. The locally grown food movement has also created a new market for front-yard farmers.

... "Land is very expensive in the country, so people are saying, 'why not just start growing in the backyard?' "

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http://futurerealestate.blogspot.com/2008/04/green-acres-ii-when-neighbors-become.html

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Post  Blossom on Sun May 04, 2008 9:58 am

Whatever brings awareness to sustainability is good. Many restaurants like Niel Perry have their own growing ventures and even Jamie Oliver is trend setting by hiring a good gardener to ghost grow for him. Veggie matter is always going to be better than Red Rooster!

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Post  The Estate on Sun May 04, 2008 11:36 am

I have only just added a small veggie patch and mainly for sumer veggies ect.... hve a few winter ones in and hopefully get a few collies and caggages Suspect

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Post  siri on Mon May 05, 2008 3:54 am

My daughter is big into backyard sustainability. She is only just learning her way, but very proud of every effort, and has little Miss 2 out there "helping" with her "wittle wake". Another generation of gardeners in the making!

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Post  Raymondo on Thu May 08, 2008 4:05 am

There's a movement of city farming. It has a name which I can't remember but which is trademarked by some American outfit. I'll post about it if I ever remember what it's called. The city of Havana in Cuba now grows 70% of its food in backyards, on rooftop terraces, vacant blocks of land, parks etc. They had to or starve after the collapse of the Soviet Union cut off their access to oil!

My intention is to eventually have a good part my yard under cultivation and maybe sell excess to local restaurants. It's a slow process but little by little the lawn disappears - cheers no more mowing!

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Post  Mad Gnome on Thu May 08, 2008 4:56 am

I have read the blog/website and it's driving me crazy that I can't remember where I found the link. It was amazing what this family did with their backyard and front lawn. It was a wonderful edible jungle!

My aim, too, is to slowly be able to eat more and more of my vegetables and fruit from my garden. I am still finding out what works and what doesn't. It's great fun!

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Post  Raymondo on Thu May 08, 2008 9:38 am

I looked at the link in Fran's post and sure enough, there it was - Spin Farming. Is it me or this just a backyard veggie growing under a new name?

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Post  Blossom on Thu May 08, 2008 10:47 am

Looks to me like some enterprising Spin Doctor has found a way to market how to workshops!

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Post  siri on Thu May 08, 2008 11:44 am

Let's not use it. I don't like adopted Americanisms - LOL
What's wrong with backyard sustainablilty. Is it too hard for them to say?
Better still - produce gardening.
Cheers, Jan - feeling good after a good work out with the rotary hoe sunny

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Post  Raymondo on Thu May 08, 2008 2:33 pm

Produce gardening, I like that siri. The winter catalogue from Diggers has a spread on cutting greenhouse emissions and features the city of Havana, Cuba with its huertos populares (people's gardens). Looks good.

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Post  Fran on Fri May 09, 2008 3:11 pm

Don't know the term 'spin gardening' Raymondo or didn't take note. Wondering about the idea of growing something for someone else. I imagine this is like an order - please supply with so many organic lettuce per week at such and such a price. So someone who is entirely clueless about gardening can advertise or answer an urban gardener's advertisement about supplying them with certain produce. I suppose you could extend this to teaching skills - the how tos of sustainable gardening/growing organic vegetables etc.

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Post  The Estate on Sat May 10, 2008 3:55 am

well this is my little patch that was put together earlier this year, sorry about the pic, it was dark last night Laughing Laughing Laughing

I found the old windmill last week in a bin cheers


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Post  Raymondo on Sat May 10, 2008 10:06 am

Nice patch. Cute windmill.

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Post  siri on Sat May 10, 2008 10:20 am

Very "Ocker' Thee. Very Happy

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Post  Fran on Sat May 10, 2008 10:31 am

Love it Thee - but now we have to landscape the vegie bed to keep up you Very Happy

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Post  Blossom on Sat May 10, 2008 11:49 am

Fun site! These could form the basis for some pretend topiary too!

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Post  The Estate on Sat May 10, 2008 12:43 pm

very cool, but I would not know where to start and get myself into a bloody tangled mess lol!

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Post  siri on Sat May 10, 2008 1:50 pm

My ideal landscaping feature in the veg patch would be one of those corrugated iron sheep! Real urban farming :-)

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Post  The Estate on Sat May 10, 2008 2:24 pm

Along with a pig, cow and a few ducks and chooks as well affraid Oh to have more room Sad

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