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    Lightbulb Garden To Give

    Proven Winners and Gardener's Supply Company have paired up to encourage all of us to plant vegetables and fruit, and donate any surplus produce to our local food banks.

    Food banks near you are found at AmpleHarvest.org.

    Please watch the video, on YouTube, on the Garden Answer channel. This lady is Proven Winner's video spokesmodel for consumers. This edition is entitled "Garden to Give".

    I am going to try AGAIN! There is a special offer of seeds, etc. on the Garden Supplies website. I am considering also trying onions and potatoes. I feel pretty confident I can grow them, but I wonder if they taste better than grocery store onions and potatoes. Have you grown any?

    Gardening is such fun and donating fresh food feels good.

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Proven Winners and Gardener's Supply Company have paired up to encourage all of us to plant vegetables and fruit, and donate any surplus produce to our local food banks.

    Food banks near you are found at AmpleHarvest.org.

    Please watch the video, on YouTube, on the Garden Answer channel. This lady is Proven Winner's video spokesmodel for Proven Winners. This edition is entitled "Garden to Give".

    I am going to try AGAIN! There is a special offer on the Garden Supplies website.

    It's fun and it feels good.

    Thank you!
    Obama's FDA made this much more difficult.

    Trump could change the mandate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    Obama's FDA made this much more difficult.

    Trump could change the mandate.
    Peddle your nonsense elsewhere, please.

    I am considering a couple of raspberry bushes (you need at least two, for pollination.) Each bush, once mature, produces 15 lbs. of fruit per year. That's way more than I could use even if I took up making jam.

    I have never grown even radishes that I didn't have excess, and usually, nobody willing to take any.

    And don't even get me started on zucchini! Yikes!

    I am so pleased these two great companies are taking the lead here.
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    Russia has this. Sorta...

    Majority of Russians live in apartments in urban areas, in big cities and smaller towns. However, most families also own a "dacha", a summer house, in the countryside (which may or may not have plumbing, heating... most have electricity, at least).

    These are supposed to be "vacation" places, where they take the kids out to nature on summer break.

    For the grown ups, however, as they joke, people don't go to dacha to rest, but to work: most dacha are, essentially, minifarms, where people use their little plots of land to raise food for the cold winter months

    People raise potatoes out there. In the greenhouse, you may find tomatoes and cucumbers and such. Etc. Women, of course, like to raise beautiful flowers too, but most of the land is always utilized efficiently for edibles.

    This is why Putin can, for example, retaliate against Poland over some BS or other, by banning imports of their potatoes, and know his populace won't be upset about it because, while Russia used to indeed import lots of Polish potatoes, the people do not depend on it: they grown own, on their dachas.

    Must be nice for him, to have such a self-sufficient population

    It does suck on the trains out of cities in late May/early June, if you ain't a dachnik. Imagine, this mass of people, full train car, crammed in, sitting, standing, everyone carrying shovels, rakes, and other such tools, which can smack you right in the head; big bags of soil; pots of little seedlings, which they had prepared all winter, now to be planted out there, on their dachas. The start of the dacha season lmao

    And in late August/early September, you would see people carrying home cans of own fruits and vegetables. Some they sell right on the streets, the babushkas usually, supplementing their little pensions

    (Yeah, I love the Putin mural in the background too lol)

    But most keep for themselves. That's why they never go hungry, over there
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    This English town has taken it one step further

    Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg

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    The vegetable plots are the most visible sign of an amazing plan: to make Todmorden the first town in the country that is self-sufficient in food.

    ‘And we want to do it by 2018,’ says Mary Clear, 56, a grandmother of ten and co-founder of Incredible Edible, as the scheme is called.

    ‘It’s a very ambitious aim. But if you don’t aim high, you might as well stay in bed, mightn’t you?’

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    Local people have used its concept of ‘ incredible edible’ as a focus for much of the community-led work including raised vegetable beds located across the town in unused and previously unloved spaces for residents to harvest, all planted and managed by volunteers. Nature’ s harvest has become the theme for the town and reflected in the types of SMEs based there, from alternative therapies to eco-products including cutting-edge innovation in hay built houses. ‘ Made in Tod’ is a proud part of the town’ s independence and evolution from its industrial past. Incredible Edible has inspired the Apothecary Garden at the new health centre, has resulted in school and learning programmes including through the AquaGarden (demonstrating the principles of aqua gardening and hydroponics) and food banks for the homeless (community run on a no questions asked basis).

    The motto of the town is kindness – ask forgiveness not seek permission – and that underpins a caring can-do approach. Todmorden is community activism at its best and most extensive. The town attracts awards and publicity as well as visitors and groups and associations keen to understand how the model works and how it can be adapted to their place. The success of the “Incredible Edible” has now been taken up by other towns across the country and become a movement.

    https://www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/todmorden/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Proven Winners and Gardener's Supply Company have paired up to encourage all of us to plant vegetables and fruit, and donate any surplus produce to our local food banks.

    Food banks near you are found at AmpleHarvest.org.

    Please watch the video, on YouTube, on the Garden Answer channel. This lady is Proven Winner's video spokesmodel for consumers. This edition is entitled "Garden to Give".

    I am going to try AGAIN! There is a special offer of seeds, etc. on the Garden Supplies website. I am considering also trying onions and potatoes. I feel pretty confident I can grow them, but I wonder if they taste better than grocery store onions and potatoes. Have you grown any?

    Gardening is such fun and donating fresh food feels good.

    Thank you!
    I should try growing veg again, but I'm really bad with plants. I have much better luck with trees.. they harder to kill
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Russia has this. Sorta...

    Majority of Russians live in apartments in urban areas, in big cities and smaller towns. However, most families also own a "dacha", a summer house, in the countryside (which may or may not have plumbing, heating... most have electricity, at least).

    These are supposed to be "vacation" places, where they take the kids out to nature on summer break.

    For the grown ups, however, as they joke, people don't go to dacha to rest, but to work: most dacha are, essentially, minifarms, where people use their little plots of land to raise food for the cold winter months

    People raise potatoes out there. In the greenhouse, you may find tomatoes and cucumbers and such. Etc. Women, of course, like to raise beautiful flowers too, but most of the land is always utilized efficiently for edibles.

    This is why Putin can, for example, retaliate against Poland over some BS or other, by banning imports of their potatoes, and know his populace won't be upset about it because, while Russia used to indeed import lots of Polish potatoes, the people do not depend on it: they grown own, on their dachas.

    Must be nice for him, to have such a self-sufficient population

    It does suck on the trains out of cities in late May/early June, if you ain't a dachnik. Imagine, this mass of people, full train car, crammed in, sitting, standing, everyone carrying shovels, rakes, and other such tools, which can smack you right in the head; big bags of soil; pots of little seedlings, which they had prepared all winter, now to be planted out there, on their dachas. The start of the dacha season lmao

    And in late August/early September, you would see people carrying home cans of own fruits and vegetables. Some they sell right on the streets, the babushkas usually, supplementing their little pensions

    (Yeah, I love the Putin mural in the background too lol)

    But most keep for themselves. That's why they never go hungry, over there
    We here in Cleveland have a tiny community gardens movement. Anyone can apply, and if successful (basically, next in line), you get a tiny plot that, together with other tiny lots, has running water. Some community gardens have shared tools, etc. I haven't done this because I have a backyard, but it is a fabulous use of tiny little disused plots. I hope to bring Depave to my neighborhood, which is a movement that removes asphalt and concrete that is no longer in use, restores the land and plants trees, etc.

    Do you garden, good sir?
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
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    Way to go, Todmordonites!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    I should try growing veg again, but I'm really bad with plants. I have much better luck with trees.. they harder to kill
    Then grow fruit trees! Canca grow citrus trees down there, sitting on the Equator?

    Or bananas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    We here in Cleveland have a tiny community gardens movement. Anyone can apply, and if successful (basically, next in line), you get a tiny plot that, together with other tiny lots, has running water. Some community gardens have shared tools, etc. I haven't done this because I have a backyard, but it is a fabulous use of tiny little disused plots. I hope to bring Depave to my neighborhood, which is a movement that removes asphalt and concrete that is no longer in use, restores the land and plants trees, etc.

    Do you garden, good sir?
    We have a backyard. The wife has some things growing in pots and in the ground out there, mostly flowers. Nothing serious though. We have been thinking of maybe try to grow some mandarin trees out there lol

    Then, I'd feel like back in my homeland, in Abkhazia, everyone grows mandarins over there, all over the place, Abkhaz mandarins are prized in Russia


    Not sure if the climate here would ever be right for them though...
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