Wednesday March 12, 2014
Reusable Grocery Bag Garden
Photo © Kerry Michaels
I'm a huge fan of turning reusable grocery bags into gardens. However, a reader just sent me an article about the possibility that some reusable grocery bags have a an "excessive" level of lead (ok, maybe no lead is acceptable). There was a study done in 2011 by the Center for Consumer Freedom that tested the bags. I've contacted the them to get more information and to see if there has been any action to reduce lead in the bags, and will let you know if/when I hear anything.
Here's the link:
Excessive Amounts of Lead Found in Reusable Grocery Bags
Thursday March 6, 2014
The best TED Talks can be transformative. I found this one, about a crowd-sourced system of hydroponic farming in small spaces, more than fascinating. It filled me with a sense of hope and wonder that a group of dispersed, yet committed people, can create amazing things. The power of crowd-thinking, when used to solve problems can be awe-inspiring.
I hope I'm not overselling, but check out this story if you need an uplifting and inspiring 7 minutes. Who knows, maybe container gardening can truly change the world.
A Garden In My Apartment
Monday March 3, 2014
Photo © Kerry Michaels
People often ask me what I do in the winter. Well, among other things, I kill houseplants. I've had a particularly successful winter in this regard--managing to off plants that are called 'unkillable.' I've even massacred some plants sent to me by my friends at Costa Farms, from their 'Plants of Steel' collection. This in no way any reflection on the quality of the plants which were absolutely beautiful and bursting with vigor when they arrived. To kill these hearty and innocent plants, I cavalierly and sloppily re-potted them, and then over watered like crazy (against detailed instructions). But there you have it. Now they are dead.
The good news is that with almost every plant I kill, I learn something. However, one thing I have to learn is to get rid of plants once they are past the point of no return. Otherwise, they just sit as testament to my houseplant ineptitude.
For great houseplant info, check out Jon VanZile's site, here on About.com.
Friday February 28, 2014