The importance of healthy soil to healthy food production

Soil plays a vital role in the planet’s functioning and is the basis for sustenance for the planet’s inhabitants. It preserves clean water and helps regulate the climate, and healthy soil is essential to ensure a steady supply of food and biodiversity. Soils are the basis for agriculture and the medium in which nearly all food-producing plants grow. Healthy soils produce healthy crops that in turn … Continue reading The importance of healthy soil to healthy food production

Agrihoods: The rise of new neighbourhoods built around farms

Agrihoods – a new type of neighbourhood which serves up farm-to-table living in a cooperative environment – are emerging across the USA where people are embracing local food production. These suburban housing developments are centered around a farm, where neighbours can work on fully-functional farms and bring fresh produce home. This movement, which is now present in more than two dozen states across the US, encourages sharing, … Continue reading Agrihoods: The rise of new neighbourhoods built around farms

Compass Green: School garden on wheels tours the US and teaches sustainable farming techniques

A one-time potato chip delivery truck has been converted in to a mobile greenhouse and now tours the US teaching at risk youth about sustainable farming techniques. Compass Green is a school garden on wheels. It is a fully functional greenhouse built in the back of an 18ft box truck, which is powered by waste vegetable oil. Founded in 2011 by Justin Cutter, Compass Green has … Continue reading Compass Green: School garden on wheels tours the US and teaches sustainable farming techniques

Hulme Community Garden Centre: Gardening making a difference to locals in Manchester

Hulme Community Garden Centre is on a mission to bring the local community together through gardening. The Manchester-based centre was set up by three local residents 20 years ago, who all shared a vision of regenerating Hulme. Hulme Community Garden Centre aims to provide an environment where people can learn, develop and share skills and information about horticulture, and wider environmental and sustainability issues. Volunteers from across … Continue reading Hulme Community Garden Centre: Gardening making a difference to locals in Manchester

#WildflowersForLondoners campaign to sow nine million wildflowers in the city

London National Park City is calling on Londoners to plant nine million wildflowers in the city, in an effort to transform the urban landscape into a beautiful city of colourful wildflowers, returning every year. The campaign, #WildflowersForLondoners, aims to get London dwellers to help turn London into a greener landscape. By purchasing #WildflowersForLondoners, people will get seed balls containing a mix of several wildflower species, carefully selected for … Continue reading #WildflowersForLondoners campaign to sow nine million wildflowers in the city

Growing Yucca Plants [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

The yucca plant is a drought tolerant evergreen native to the hot, dry areas of the Americas and the Caribbean. Lately, these unusual plants have become very popular as garden additions in the northern parts of the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. With 40 plus species and two dozen subspecies, this interesting and useful plant comes in a wide variety of sizes, appearances, and … Continue reading Growing Yucca Plants [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Seed swap at the Garden Museum’s Incredible Edible Seed Swap

Gardeners and urban gardeners both newbies and veterans alike should head down to London’s Garden Museum this Saturday for the Incredible Edible Seed Swap – an event where visitors can swap seeds, seedlings or small plants with other gardeners. The Garden Museum is encouraging visitors to bring their own plants and packets of seeds to share. There will also be some some seeds to buy and … Continue reading Seed swap at the Garden Museum’s Incredible Edible Seed Swap

Urban Farming: Engaging communities in the local food system

Urban farming is enabling local communities to grow their own food and become self-sufficient, while nurturing the wellbeing of themselves, their fellow residents and the planet. From a rooftop farm, off grid farm and a teaching farm, this short film from Feast TV shows the positive impact that urban farming is having on local communities. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea Continue reading Urban Farming: Engaging communities in the local food system

DIY Biodegradable Plant Pots

There may not be much happening on the gardening front during winter, but if you’ve got old newspapers, egg boxes and toilet rolls you can get ready for the forthcoming planting season by making your own biodegradable plant pots. You can create environmentally friendly pots in a range of useful sizes using everyday household items. Biodegradable pots are a great way to repurpose and reuse … Continue reading DIY Biodegradable Plant Pots