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10/7/12 3:45 P

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Since you live in souther California be sure to get the warm season types of Blueberries. Get 2 different kinds of bushes for better pollenation. You will also need to get a PH meter, they are fairly inexpensive, $10 at many nurseries. Blueberries need a low PH (around 5.5) to grow well. You will probably have to amend the soil to get it that low. There are several products on the market that will do this, including organic ones.

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10/7/12 5:56 A

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I live in Southern California where it is easy to grow most vegetables we eat. Our summer harvest included corn, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, peas, butternut squash, cantaloupe (unfortunately a critter enjoyed them before we could harvest them), green peppers, red peppers and lots of herbs. We used raised bed and believe in companion planting. I would like to learn how to grow berries. Does anyone have any tips on growing blueberries?

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9/22/12 10:02 P

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What a great idea & goal. Excellent things from others here too.

I live in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. This is the section many of you may remembered that drown in Hurricane Katrina. I also live an senior apt building with 35 units.
We are surrounded by 6 empty lots, ONE abandoned house ready to implode & 2 completely refurbished single family homes.

I approached the owners about allowing one of the empty lots to put in a sustainable garden to be shared & maintained by the seniors in this building. 90% are ambulatory & to some degree capable of working in a garden. I can guarantee you most are bored to death spending most of the time watching TV,smoking,gossiping, etc.

I had also proposed using the arts & artists to make the garden beautiful using retrieved items & working them throughout the garden. There are NO parks in this area.
And also having culinary artists to show tasty healthy meals from the garden to the dinner plate.

Purely all volunteers,would not cost them a penny & adding some beauty here.

I got turned down flat.

I'm going to still do it, just not on this block although I will attempt to contact one if the owners of one of the empty lots that the owners of this building do not own. So much is tossed out that is easy to re-purpose & why can it not be beautiful AND healthy?

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5/29/12 11:10 A

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Does anyone own Chickens? I lost one of mine this weekend due to the Texas heat. I went and picked up baby chicks. Who knows how to raise them in heat?

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5/16/12 9:14 A

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A hippy ex called it foraging. He lived off the land. Went out in his truck on trash days collecting metals, pallets and anything he could use or sell later he would save in one of his school buses, army tents, qwonset hunts. We'd dumpster dive for plant pots behind the florist and for candles behind the thrift shop. I learned so much.

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5/14/12 5:41 P

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That is great! What bothers me the most in this world is using things such as oil that cannot be replaced as fast as we are using it. Then, when we find an alternative such as wind energy, people bash it. I Really hope to make a difference for people. It sounds like you are on the right track yourself! Good JOB!

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5/14/12 5:28 P

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GAEA3070, I love your garden project! I always wonder what my neighbors think of me, 'cause in the fall when there is municipal leaf pick up, I run around overnight taking the bags of leaves from people who don't spray their yards, and I throw them in my compost pile. The following spring I have an enormous amount of rich loam.
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5/13/12 4:30 A

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Awesome! Can't wait to hear how it comes out. I'll be looking for those items in my neighborhood! Happy Gardening!

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5/12/12 11:09 P

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I'm building a cold frame from lumber I got from left overs from several neighbors and some old windows another neighbor had after putting in energy efficient ones. I am having to buy some of the hardware, ie hinges and chain. The entire thing will probably cost me less than $20 and I should be able to grow lettuce, spinach and a few other cool weather veggies all winter as long as I cover it on cold nights.

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5/12/12 11:00 P

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I'm building a cold frame from lumber I got from left overs from several neighbors and some old windows another neighbor had after putting in energy efficient ones. I am having to buy some of the hardware, ie hinges and chain. The entire thing will probably cost me less than $20 and I should be able to grow lettuce, spinach and a few other cool weather veggies all winter as long as I cover it on cold nights.

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5/12/12 3:43 P

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Thanks! I moved to NC 2 years ago due to a screw up from section 8 and a quick to evict new landlord. I'd been there 20 years at an apartment gardening on my windowsill and really missed the yard. I'm getting a bit old for the big garden so I may need a few hints for my new way of life. Thank you!

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5/12/12 12:07 P

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That is great! If you would like, I can offer you some hints on your vegetable garden. I have the same philosophy and have been doing it. My garden is looking great! I am using the square foot garden system, but I did not use the soil they recommend due to costs. I compost regularly. Let me know if you would like chat a little bit on here or through email. What you are doing is at the heart of my project! GOOD JOB!

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I am taking a yard that was once gravel and sand then the landlord laid(?) down sod leaving wide areas along the fence and house as I requested for gardening. There are tall trees for leaves and I had a friend bring a truck load of horse manure for free and some neighbors brought more leaves, kitchen scraps to compost, spread around. Not much but some rosemary, mint, lemon balm and flowers already there the first year. This year I've planted tomatoes, squash, more herbs, bush beans.

I'm on a fixed income so anything, cuttings, I can get for free, I go for it. Someday I hope to get most of my veggies from my garden!
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5/11/12 4:37 P

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I am so happy people are interested! Most people look at this topic from an expensive point of view. I am proving that by doing things for free, or small investments, that you can make a change. If everyone just did something, it would all add up. It is amazing what one can do when you just look at using things found on the street (wood) and so on. Anyway, ON WE GO!

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5/11/12 4:23 P

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I am intrigued by your thesis topic. I am always surprised by the degree to which being "green" is perceived as expensive, since I generally find that conserving resources spares me having to pay for the resources I would have otherwise wasted. e.g. when I'm hopping the bus to work, I'll have colleagues tell me they don't want to ride the bus 'cause then they'd have to come up with $2.50 in bus fare for the day, but I can't imagine anyone spending less on their car than my $42 a month bus pass. Post a link to your thesis web page when you have a chance...

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5/11/12 3:02 P

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Hi Chris, welcome to the team.
There have been a number of topics on this team and other gardening teams on topics related to your thesis topic You may want to look through past topics to see what you can find. You might also do a search on the Spark Teams page for other teams that are related to your topic.

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5/11/12 1:40 P

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I am a graduate student writing my thesis on living sustainably in the city. I am collecting ideas that are out of the common norm on cheap to free ways to urban garden/energy/live green! I am also doing this to lose about 70 pounds as I have never been one to lose weight. I needed will power and this was a way to get myself off of the sofa! Anyway, I would thoroughly welcome ideas from all of you to help me with my project and to help me lose weight! I am creating a website to complement my project thesis and ideas. I would love to chat with some of you! So, I really look forward to hearing from all of you and hope that we can become friends and help each other lose weight and live green!

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