Underwater gardening, victory gardens and other news

Here is the latest news roundup on greenery and curiosities news items from G&C and around the web. 

How to regrow fruits and vegetables at home

Did you know you can regrow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs at home simply using the leftovers from store bought fresh produce?

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Capturing Carbon with Underwater Gardening

This project, and others being developed off the coasts of Europe and the United States, is laying the groundwork for Von Herzen’s ultimate ambition: to dramatically scale up kelp arrays, eventually spanning great tracts of deep ocean where they could collectively absorb billions of tonnes of CO2 while also providing food security in the form of shellfish aquaculture and fish habitat and providing what he calls “ecosystem life support.”

10 tips for self-care in the home

Recent changes in the world will see more and more of us spending our time at home, emphasizing the importance of good self-care at home. Here are 10 tips for self-care in the home.

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Why Dusty is ripping up his lawn to build a Victory garden

When coronavirus sent Tasmania into lockdown, avid gardener Dusty Moore responded by ripping up his front lawn.

He was inspired by Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which transformed its lawns, usually used for markets and gigs, into growing space for the shutdown period.

Below he shares how gardening has grown more than food for him.

Hard to find: what the shortages in household items say about how we live now

In early April, fearing his hard-won shoulders would shrink into nothing over lockdown, my husband attempted to buy some weights. He spent hours searching, online and in stores, and found no heavy things to lift. Even on Gumtree, where you’d expect an enterprising soul or two to be selling home gym equipment at jacked up prices, there was nothing.

Click here to read more.. www.theguardian.com

‘This is no damn hobby’: the ‘gangsta gardener’ transforming Los Angeles

“The garden seduces me,” says Ron Finley, who is known around the world as the “gangsta gardener”. “I’ll get out there at 9am and next thing I know it’s 7pm … gardening takes your mind off things. Everybody should have a garden to cultivate.”

‘The simple things come by being in the garden’: Lunch with Costa

Costa Georgiadis reckons he would shave off his beard − for the right price. The host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia is instantly recognisable for his abundant facial hair; it’s his trademark, along with an infectious, almost evangelical approach to the joys of gardening.

Sophie Thomson’s community garden grows Kangaroo Island community spirit after bushfires

The large group of volunteers celebrating with Sophie Thomson after the completion of the new community garden at Parndana. Photo Sophie Thomson Facebook page

A newly built community garden is growing not only vegetables but also community spirit on bushfire blackened Kangaroo Island.

Click here to read more.. www.theislanderonline.com.au

Here’s what to grow in your Sydney garden as we head into winter

The way that people have taken up gardening during the past stay-at-home months has been a most welcome development for the team at ABC’s Gardening Australia, and not just because their ratings went up during lockdown.

Click here to read more.. www.smh.com.au

If you took to growing veggies in the coronavirus pandemic, then keep it up when lockdown ends

The COVID-19 pandemic produced a run on the things people need to produce their own food at home, including vegetable seedlings, seeds and chooks.

This turn to self-provisioning was prompted in part by the high price rises for produce – including A$10 cauliflowers and broccoli for A$13 a kilo – and empty veggie shelves in some supermarkets.

Click here to read more.. theconversation.com

Backyard gardeners around the world are helping to save Australia’s deeply ancient Wollemi pine

As bushfires blackened forests last summer, one tree species was protected by a specialist team of firefighters: the Wollemi pine.

These trees have a deeply ancient lineage dating back to when dinosaurs walked Gondwana 100 million years ago. Back then, rainforests – including Wollemi pines (or their cousins) – covered what became Australia.

So when a handful of Wollemi pines were discovered alive in 1994 on the brink of extinction, it caused a frenzy of interest that has barely died down among plant enthusiasts.

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