We don't know many decor and gift shops with a patch of lettuce and tomatoes just out the door, but LA's ReForm School is committed to many aspects of sustainable design. Since last month, shop owners Billie and Tootie have been tending to their very own MinifarmBox on the sidewalk in front of their Silver Lake store. After curiously passing by it several times, we finally decided to take a closer look.
We have this pretty great arrangement whereby I keep a canister for kitchen scraps on my counter, and our neighbor, who has a small garden and compost bin behind her apartment, takes the scraps down each week. I use an old flour canister, which works but can be a little stinky and doesn't quite hold enough to get me through the week. Our neighbor is using this beauty from Williams-Sonoma, which holds a gallon of food scraps and has a filter neatly fitted into the lid. It's the Cadillac of composters.
We are about to start our garden; we're just waiting impatiently for the final frost-free date in our area. There are so many reasons to garden: The taste of fresh vegetables, the pleasure of watching new things grow, the smell of tomato plants and the color of chive blossoms. That's enough to make us look forward to getting our hands in the dirt.
But we've also been seeing some really great products for gardening that make us even more impatient. Here are a few inspiring things.
Hi everyone! We have recently moved to a new apartment. The landlord was eager to show us the 'herb garden planter' on top of the fridge when we first looked at the place. I have always wanted an indoor herb garden so it seems like a great thing. But will it work?
First of all the sun doesn't hit the window till mid afternoon. Next, it's one big planter. Different herbs have different requirements in terms of watering, sunlight, etc., and I don't know if it will work...
Yesterday the New York Times ran a piece on urban composting: an activity of intrepid city folks who refuse to let their waste go to waste. They find hideaway spots for their trays of worms and decomposing matter, with smells and flies kept at bay by the happily munching earthworms. It made us wonder: are you an urban composter?
I just learned that COPIA, Robert Mondavi's Center for Wine, Food, and Arts has closed. The reason: the economy. They just weren't making enough money to stay open. I visited there over the summer and had a lovely time. Between the kitchen gardens, the wine tasting exhibits, the farmer's market, and the Julia Child-themed restaurant, it was a wonderful place to visit.
We just got this deal alert from Amazon and thought it was worth passing on. The AeroGarden is half off today - down from a list price of $199 to a sale price of $99. More about this clever indoor gardening gadget below...
Still thinking about a garden? It's not too late to start! You can still buy a few herb plants or even start late summer greens from seed in a container garden. Sonia of our sister site Unplggd turns out to have even more talents. She just gave us a whole bunch of tips and photos on creating cheap, creative planters for your container garden. Take a look at her tips on using cheap containers from Target and IKEA to make a bright and colorful garden.
The Ferry Building is a historic building that opened in San Francisco in 1898 and was a major transportation hub in San Francisco before the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge were built. Damaged in the 1989 earthquake, the Ferry Building was restored as a food market hall.