Thursday, July 28, 2011
Surviving the Scorching Heat
While it's always hot on the roof in the summer last week's dangerous heat wave was the first time the rooftop garden has had to endure such extended scorching temperatures. I was extremely nervous about how the garden would weather the incredible heat, but I was pleasantly surprised over how resilient the plants proved to be. Even the stressed Valencia tomato plants, which do not like the rooftop environment at all, made it through, and I fully expected those plants to just keel over and die.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Reading Round Up: Molecular Farming Edition
Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture. Check out the comment thread too.
Grist has posted a rebuttal to the above article: In defense of organic.
Backyard Homesteads: Honey, I Shrunk the Farm
Plan to End Use of Environmentally Harmful Chemicals On Commercial Crops Developed
Vertical Farming: Can Urban Agriculture Feed a Hungry World?
Friday, July 22, 2011
Today it hit 104 degrees in NYC. Out of morbid curiosity I put an oven thermometer on the roof. Ouch, 125!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Reading Round Up: Pepquinos Edition
Planting 'seeds of hope'
Climate Adaptation of Rice
Popular Fungicides Failing, May Cause Hard Choices for Apple Growers.
No Fallout Legacy for Japan's Farms Despite Prior Contamination of Food
Using a Big Fork May Help You Eat Less
Mobola Plum: The Strawberry-Apple-Gingerbread-Plum
Thursday, July 14, 2011
What a Difference a Week Makes
Daily monitoring of the garden can make it hard to see the steady, incremental changes in vegetable plants, so I was excited to see what kind of progress was noticeable in the garden after not viewing it for a whole week. I was not disappointed!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Reading Round Up: Gourmand Syndrome Edition
Ok, back from Maui. We were right on the beach! I miss it already.
'The Muncher' turns organic waste into compost in less than an hour
Urban farming: Local interns flock to city farms for hands-on training from compost to chicken coops
America's Food Addiction and the Science of the Munchies
Restaurant Gardens a Boon to New Farmers
Five Innovations that Conserve Water While Improving Harvests
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Reading Round Up: Giant Hamburger Edition
Could Paying Cash Help You Eat Healthier Food?
The Spam Factory's Dirty Secret
Urban Fish Farming: Wave Of The Future?
Woman served bloody meal at Kingwood, TX restaurant
Crops out of concrete: Farming Hong Kong's urban island
Giant Hamburger Sets New World Record
Scottish Band Releases Single on Edible Chocolate Record