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Left Over: Vancouver Acquires Land from Big Steal Rail…

Vancouver to buy Arbutus Corridor from CP Rail for $55M Future route may one day include light rail CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2016 10:21 AM PT Last Updated: Mar 07, 2016 3:49 PM PT Many Vancouverites, current and former, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Vancouver Acquires Land from Big Steal Rail…

Dead Wild Roses: How does our garden grow?

Fairly well this year, as long as we keep up with watering!

Le jardin chez Arbourist et Intransigentia

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: gardening

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The therapeutic benefits of gardening and getting your hands in the soil

Studies have shown that gardening really is therapeutic. It has been found that there are compounds in the soil that, when they strike the olfactory senses, trigger a stress-relieving relaxation response in human beings. This makes sense, since we have spent ten thousand years digging in the soil, and associating the scent of the earth . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The therapeutic benefits of gardening and getting your hands in the soil

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Start A Garden, Change The World

Hope you are enjoying a relaxing long weekend Friday, as we are. One of the topics that has come up while we relax and sip our morning tea is the plans for our garden this summer. Besides just talking about it, my husband, also spent time this morning tending to his basil seedlings and babying . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Start A Garden, Change The World

Walking Turcot Yards: Ron Finley Talks About Farming In South Central LA

350 or bust: Northern Gardening Reflections: A Mouthful Of Rainbow

Summer gardening season is in full swing. It’s time for fresh corn on the cob, cucumbers, tomatoes, and of course the ubiquitous zucchini squash to be on our supper tables. You’ve heard the old joke appropriate for this time of year – if people in town start locking their car doors, it’s because they don’t . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Northern Gardening Reflections: A Mouthful Of Rainbow

350 or bust: Hope Is A Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

Sometimes it feels like the forces working against a sustainable future for humanity – vested interests like Big Oil, Coal, & Gas, and the politicians they’ve bought, as well as an overall apathy among the general population – are too formidable to be overcome. We are so close to losing the battle, as Bill McKibbon’s . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Hope Is A Verb With Its Sleeves Rolled Up

350 or bust: Meatless Monday Thoughts: The Stinky Circle of Life

One of the problems in our industrialized, heavily urbanized North American society is the huge disconnect between our food system, and the cycle of life and death that nearly every other generation of humans in the history of our planet has known intimately. As I sit here at my computer this morning I’m reminded quite . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Meatless Monday Thoughts: The Stinky Circle of Life

350 or bust: Growing Food, And Other Radical Acts

* It’s time for a tour of my garden, as promised. I should preface this by saying there’s a reason that I’m attracted to the randomness/wildness of the “hugel kultur” raised bed garden. (“Hugel” means hill in German – thanks Mom Polle – so saying hugel kultur – pronounced “hoogel kultoor“- raised bed is redundant; . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Growing Food, And Other Radical Acts

350 or bust: Peonies And Economics

Our peonies, one of my favourite spring flowers, have just opened up. The peonies in our garden are a connection to one of my grandmothers, my father’s mother. She had a border of peonies at the front of her lawn that bloomed in a riot of crimson every spring. When she passed on, and the . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Peonies And Economics

350 or bust: Raised Beds And Riots

Another Monday and my hugelkultur piles aren’t done; in fact they are growing daily; I didn’t realize they were like rabbits, and would start reproducing at a crazy rate! As any of you gardeners out there know, when it’s time to get the garden ready, there’s no rest until it’s done. Here in northern Ontario . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Raised Beds And Riots

350 or bust: It’s Gardening Time

It’s a gorgeous sunny May day, and I’m busy building my “hugelkultur” raised garden bed at the edge of the conifer forest which covers some of our one and a quarter acres of Canadian Shield land. A hugelkultur bed is a raised garden bed filled with rotten wood. Anyway, one of the things that is . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s Gardening Time

Things Are Good: Global DIY Window Gardening

A TED Talk by Britta Riley is filled with inspirational information about the online movement to get efficient, open source, window gardening. Worth every minute:

350 or bust: A Bushel And A Peck of Tomatoes

We’re still enjoying the bounty of our summer garden in the form of plenty of fresh tomatoes. I’ve been looking for creative ways to eat/cook with them – even tomato sandwiches, which I love, can become tiresome. I’m not a hug… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: A Bushel And A Peck of Tomatoes

350 or bust: Kitikaanikamik, “Where People Come To Grow”

Kitikaanikamik is an Ojibway word that means “the place where things grow”. The Local Foods Initiative (RLLFI) in the northern Ontario town that I live in has applied to the Aviva Community Fund for “seed” money to get our s… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Kitikaanikamik, “Where People Come To Grow”

Trashy's World: Cannot believe…

…I’m still harvesting tomatoes on October 10… Picked a half dozen yesterday and may get another two or three! Share and Enjoy: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Cannot believe…

Those Emergency Blues: What I Found in my Garden

A turtle. I remember as a child reading about turtles (or tortoises) in England, where all proper gardens seemed to have one — and being rather charmed by the idea. So I’m pretty pleased this gentleman (or lady) is residing in mine, even if temporarily. Every garden needs a turtle, in my opinion. (Under this […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: What I Found in my Garden

350 or bust: Climate Change Wake Up Call: Eat Local, Eat Fresh, Get Healthier

A fellow climate activist recently said that climate change is a gift to humanity, if we choose to accept it. What I understand from that is that climate change is a massive wake-up call that we humans need to change the way we are interacting with our… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Climate Change Wake Up Call: Eat Local, Eat Fresh, Get Healthier

Those Emergency Blues: Why I Garden

So I was away from this blog for a few days. Not intentionally, I hasten to add: but sometimes, it must be admitted, unintentional absences are the best. I was in fact dealing with miscellaneous garbage, like what I wrote about yesterday. The flotsam and jetsam of life. I would have rather spent time in […] . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Why I Garden

350 or bust: Gardening Upside Down

We live in a topsy-turvy world where far, far more money is spent on guns and making war than on educating children and feeding the starving, and where the richest corporations in the world have funded a successful PR campaign to paint climate scientis… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Gardening Upside Down