Solar Garden Sculptures from Micromark


The latest line of garden beauties from Micromark takes the solar garden light and embeds it in sculptural stone-style elements called the Twist, Tango, Waltz and Bolero. Each is accented with long-lasting LEDs. No price given, but Micromark claims they offer "value for money" so they're probably not astronomical. [GT]

Micromark Outdoor and Garden lights

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February 28, 2007 in Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Hydrohobby, for all your hydroponics gear


Instead of leaving the basement idle, or worse, a catch-all for junk best either recycled, given away or (worst case) tossed, consider turning it into a year-round garden. With a Hydrogarden Grow Tent (for example) you can get a hydroponic garden up and running in surprisingly short time without having to know much - according to HydroHobby, anyhow. Growing it yourself would be the ultimate in local-local-local produce, and with hydroponics you know exactly what's going into the food (and therefore into your body). This particular setup costs £175 for a 1.2m version, or £345 for a 2m box. [GT]

Hydrogarden Grow Tent

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January 30, 2007 in Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's Tallest Organic Roses

1dztallrosesvasebug_2 Show her you love her thiiiis big - but are still green at heart - with the world's tallest roses from Organic Bouquet.  (Not that you can get them in time for Valentine's Day; they're sold out until early March.)  Grown at high altitude in Ecuador, the roses are nearly two meters tall, with blooms spanning ten centimeters across.  (They recommend you also spring for the galvanized steel vase-cum-bucket to keep them in, at an additional modest charge.)  $250 USD for one dozen; $450 USD for two dozen.  (At that price they'd better be fair trade!)  [GT]

World's Tallest Organic Roses

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January 30, 2007 in Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rhimax Durable Felt Paper


Providing a biodegradable (and lower-cost) alternative to landscaping fabric or Rosin paper, Rhimax felt paper adds nutrients to the soil and reduces erosion. It's also made from recycled paper materials which you can buy in 100cm or 50cm roll width or custom sizes for large-scale projects. It can also be used for drop sheets in painting projects, ground protection in garages, etc. [GT]

Rhimax felt paper

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January 29, 2007 in Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Instant Bonsai - just remove genes


Scientists in Japan, working with colleagues in Michigan, have figured out a way to genetically suppress growth in plants, resulting in miniature versions.  If the growth hormone gibberellin, controlled by genes GAMT1 and GAMT2, is reintroduced, the offspring come out normal.  The result's been dubbed instant bonsai, with potential results ranging from real live pine trees to hang from your car mirror as a natural air freshener, to grapevines tiny enough to grow next to the sprouts on your kitchen worktop.  While genetic engineering is involved, it's quite different to splicing fish DNA into tomatoes: gibberellin is absent in dwarf plants that exist in nature already.  [GT]

Instant bonsai [in Japanese]

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January 24, 2007 in Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Call for proposals for six art gardens in Quebec City


Quebec City's 400th anniversary occurs in 2008, and part of the celebration involves six Contemporary Ephemeral Gardens. Each garden will be designed by a living artist, to be established in the heart of the festivities, and to live only so long as the celebration does, from June 10 to September 28, 2008. Each garden should address the three major themes of the festival:

Where the river narrows;
Your history, my history, our history ;
and Sowing the seeds of culture.

A Call For Creation Of Contemporary Ephemeral Gardens [via Land+Living]

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January 14, 2007 in Design & furniture, Outdoors & games, Plants & gardens, Shows & events | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Organic Gardening Catalogue


For those who still like to curl up with a (recycled newsprint) catalog and individually select each seed, herb and compost option over a myriad damp and dreary winter afternoons, the Organic Gardening Catalog has everything from biological pest controls to pear trees for your brand new partridge. All purchases go to support Garden Organic's charity work promoting organic farming. (Yes, of course you can just order stuff online instead; what year did you think this was, 1977?) [GT]

Organic Gardening Catalog

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January 3, 2007 in Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

For Pete's sake lay off the peat

06_wildlife_peatlands_jsThe Scottish Wildlife Trust has added its voice to those of Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don in urging gardeners to stop using peat.

Although peat only covers 3% of the earth, it is an extremely importantant wildlife habitat - and consequently part of conservation. Added to that, peat bogs actually lock-in carbon from the atmosphere, that would otherwise contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Unfortunately, amateur gardeners are not heeding the message and there has been no change in their consumption of peat as a growing medium.

To hear on Monty Don's views on climate change and how it affects (and indeed should affect) gardening, check out this month's Gardeners' World magazine.

[Via Independent]

January 1, 2007 in Green News, Planet saving, Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

2006 roundup #12: Los Angeles urban farm bulldozed

There were bigger stories and bigger injustices in 2006, but the story that touched me came from Daryl Hannah's environmentalist video blog, involving the  bulldozing of an urban farm in Los Angeles.  The farm had supported dozens of dirt-poor migrant families with its produce, and the produce - absorbing massy carbon dioxide from the smog - was spectacular.  But, a corporation bought it to turn into warehouse space, and though it sold for $6.5 mil USD to them, they demanded $16 mil USD from the Public Land Trust to give it up.  Folk singer Joan Baez tree-sat to try to save the farm but ultimately it was destroyed.  [GT]

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December 28, 2006 in Arts & information, Green News, Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Primrose offers Eric and Buzz, the ducks


The rather improbably named Eric and Buzz sculptures are ducks made of cold-cast bronze, for your garden (which, given the weather, may well still be in bloom). They're 34cm tall, with a hand-finished bronze patina and weatherproof, so you can stick them right out in the snow, er, muck, right now if you like. Buy 'em both at once at £129, which means you save £20, or buy one or the other at £75. Available sometime in 2007. [GT]

Eric and Buzz - Garden duck sculptures

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December 27, 2006 in Plants & gardens | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack