The Garden Girl
Another gardening season is coming to and end for many of us and what a gardening season it has been. For many of us it was a wet one, but others suffered record heat and drought. Gardening is different every year and Mother Nature is unpredictable. For me, it was another fun filled season of trying new edibles and adding native plants to my landscape. I also spent 4 months researching and writing a new book. In my research, I came across a text that said it takes 12 years to realize a garden landscape. 12 years seems like a long time, but to me reading this was a comfort. I found comfort in it because it gave me a new understanding of my role as a gardener in the 21st century. There's no room for instant gratification in today's gardening. I don't have to worry if everything I want to accomplish in the garden are completed or even successful year after year. Gardeners, take your time, dream and realize the natural world outside your door and continue at a slow, but steady pace finding joy in the process day by day and year to year. For me, gardening doesn't end when the first snow covers the ground, it's part of the process. Once the ground is thawed and new leaves begin to appear on the trees it's just a continuation, another season to live as a collaborator with nature.
In this issue of Urban Sustainable Living Magazine read my story on the best native edibles to plant in the fall. Melissa Allard reviews the new movie “Truck Farm” and contributor Mike Marino talks fiber art. Community gardens are key in Urban landscapes so in this month's photo gallery we feature images from my hometown community gardens. Fall is a time to collect seeds so garden writer Nan Chase gives us some great tips for seed saving and collecting. Want the ultimate sustainable lifestyle? Read about the Tiny Tumbleweed House and a chance to own the first one ever built.
In the midst of all of my spring gardening bliss, I did manage to get this issue of Urban Sustainable Living out so I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your support!
From the Sustainable Home Front,
Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl,
Publisher-Urban Sustainable Living Magazine
An important step toward creating an overall sustainable garden is adding native edible species of trees and shrubs in your landscape. One person, one family, and one street can make a difference toward restoring our environment. And when your overall landscape is in balance with nature you'll have a lot of success growing healthy organic vegetables. The best way to do that is to incorporate native plants in your yard.
The growing interest in urban gardening has been sweeping the nation, and more and more small-space gardening ideas have been popping up in the most unexpected places. In the new short documentary Truck Farm, the filmmakers follow the progress of a New York City urban gardener who plants a mobile vegetable garden in the back of his pickup truck.
Elvis on velvet? It's what garage sales are made of. Ok, so maybe it's not highbrow fare found in the Louvre, but, after all, art is in the eye of the beholder, and this particular genre is certainly part and parcel of the "velvet underground" that can trace it's roots of fiber artistry to the 14th Century in the Far East. Elvis may have left the auditorium decades ago, but, fiber arts is here to stay in the earth friendly hit parade of arts and crafts. It is a discipline, but such an individualized one it's a more free form free spirited craft, similar more to improvisational jazz than to a structured symphonic piece.
Collecting adds a personal touch in the garden By Nan K. Chase
Every seed – from tiny rhododendron to giant coconut – holds magic. Size, shape, color, and the preference for desert or swamp: all these characteristics come to life the moment specific elements merge and germination takes place.
Exploring the world of seed collection encourages a deeper understanding of natural cycles and provides a satisfying way to enhance the home landscape. Swapping seeds with friends is a great hobby, and packets of home-collected seeds make memorable gifts.
Small homes are gaining momentum across America. One company has low cost plans for building your own or you can have one built for you by The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.
Jay's Tiny House Tour
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