Garden 'siteseeing' in Australia, Alaska, Florida, and New York
What's "garden siteseeing"? It's stepping aboard the Web's magic carpet to wing our way around the world visiting interesting gardens and the gardeners who plan, plant, and care for them. It's been a regular feature of Diggin' It since the beginning, but lately, a visitor recently pointed out, we'd neglected our trips. So, starting today, they'll return as a weekly feature.Skip to next paragraph
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At Green-Change.com, Darren Collins (who lives in in Kiama, on the New South Wales coast of Australia, just south of Wollongong, which is just south of Sydney) notes that the US president and his wife have planted a kitchen garden on the grounds of their residence and of the push to encourage the Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, to do the same.
The Collins family is one of 120 chosen to take part in the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge, which encourages people to develop a more sustainable lifestyle. Darren and his wife, Megan, and their three daughters, will work to use less water and electricity and produce plenty of food from their organic garden (which includes fruit trees).
And speaking of gardening, read about their inexpensive do-it-yourself tumbling compost bin.
Leaving the wide-open spaces of Australia behind, we head to Brooklyn, N.Y., where Elaine grows veggies in containers on the roof of her apartment building, in Bucolic Bushwick. Her edible garden is home to tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and broccoli, all of which look happy in their big-city home.
Well, all but the cucumbers. Those seeds never germinated. And the eggplant developed some aphids, which were banished with a strong spray of water from the hose (and a little judicious finger squashing).
Elaine is keeping a record of all her expenses. The total so far: $193.50, which sounds a bit daunting, but probably a large part can be amortized over the future, because containers, stakes, soil, and other necessities will already be on hand. (But for those worried about whether growing your own makes sense, here are some tips for saving money in the garden.)