You have found the home of InsideUrbanGreen.org, successor to InsidePlantsLive.org and Greenscaper.net started in 2004.
There is a wealth of information about the maintenance and growing of indoor plants (aka houseplants) in the archives of IPL.org. It is equivalent to what you would expect to find in a book on the subject. Moving forward, I will gradually transfer the most valuable information to this new blog.
The use of modern, scientific methods of container plant maintenance will continue to be the main theme. However, the content is broadened to include personal, or family food production. This is often called “urban agriculture”.
I believe the ultimate locovore grows at home, be it a rooftop, balcony or paved surface. You will find here that turned earth is not necessary.
Read on and return. This blog now includes current information about vegetable growing as well as the maintenance of decorative foliage and flowering indoor plants (commonly referred to as “houseplants”).
The Center for Urban Greenscaping
The center was founded in 2009 to meet an unfilled need. There is no institution that I know of here in New York City teaching box, bed and bucket container gardening using modern methods of sub-irrigation and hydroculture.
Both manual overhead watering and drip irrigation are less effective for watering plants growing in containers. When sub-irrigated planters are used properly, they produce healthier plants and more vegetables using less water and personal time.
Box, bed and bucket planters are flexible and portable. If you rent, they move with you. If your community garden needs to relocate, rent a moving truck and away you go to the new location.
This is a functional map of the Center for Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen). Primary objectives of the center are green job creation and improving education about urban food production using modern sub-irrigation methods.
Some Past Green Events in Brooklyn
Come and see a demonstration of how to make sub-irrigation (aka self-watering) planters from recycled 2 & 3 liter pop/soda bottles. There will also be a demonstration of box and bucket planters that save water while producing in the range of 50% more vegetables with no need for tilling the earth. Using these planters you can grow fresh vegetables anywhere there is enough sunlight on a balcony, rooftop, driveway or other paved surface.
Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. ECO FEST - PS 102, 211 72nd Street, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY - Auditorium and Gym
Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Brooklyn Food Conference, John Jay High School, 237 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Environmental Awareness Fair, New Utrecht Reformed Church, 1828 83rd Street Brooklyn, NY More information (.doc)
Sunday, June 14, 2009 - Second Annual Greening the Ridge Festival, Veteran's Memorial Pier at 69th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
The Rooftop Garden Project
Watch The Rooftop Garden Project video and you'll understand why I have such admiration for these young people. It is a world class project, one worthy for us to emulate here in the U.S.
Your comments are valuable
Your comments, feedback and constructive suggestions are more than welcome. Peer review and challenging questions are the essence of scientific investigation which is a primary goal of this blog.
The subject of urban agriculture deserves more discussion among people who are not necessarily members of the ultraconservative gardening community. There is no farmer ethic or green thumb required here. This is about good science and good social action at a time when both are much needed.
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