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Research for a Handbook on Growing Wild and Edible Plants in the Urban Landscape

by Kathryn Lwin (sponsored by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust)

A wonderful document of innovative and inspiring projects growing wild and edible plants in the urban landscape - packed with interest and inspiration, information rich and very accessible (includes references to Toronto Balconies Bloom). The author is the Founder Director of River of Flowers, a social enterprise with the mantra we feed the bees that feed us.

Link to the report: wcmt.org.uk/reports/1150_1.pdf

Link to Kathryn's blog entry Tales of the City: Journey to America where she summarizes and reflects upon her research to gather ideas and good practices which might work in the UK and other cities to promote urban habitat for pollinators: riverofflowers.org/wild-city-blog/tales-city-journey-america
 
Link to River of Flowers. Watch and share the video: The River of Flowers Story.

Winter Reflections on My Balcony Garden (February 2002)

by Krys Klassen is an enthusiastic amateur balcony gardener with twenty years on a southwest facing seventh floor balcony.

Well, isn’t this an unusual season? My annuals, with the exception of the pansies, survived until Christmas Eve. I saw evidence of similar anomalies at ground level. The winter 2001/02 is going to be a source of gardening fish stories for some time. And at this rate pansies are going to be considered perennial and year-round. They looked a bit taken aback after the coldest night so far (-7 degrees Celsius) but revived as soon as the temperatures rose.

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Herbs on a Balcony

by Krys Klassen, an enthusiastic amateur balcony gardener with twenty years on a southwest facing seventh floor balcony

Well, so long as he’s not going to jump… what’s the problem? Basically, the problem with herbs on balconies is small to nonexistent, if you have enough sun.

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Sound in the Garden

by Krys Klassen is an enthusiastic amateur balcony gardener with twenty years on a southwest facing seventh floor balcony.

We talk about scented gardens, and edible gardens, and texture in gardens but who mentions sound in the garden? I’m not talking Japanese temple bells or wind chimes or piped in music or even trickling water, but the woodwinds in rustling grasses, the xylophone in fluttering leaves and the tambourine of seed heads. On a wind blasted balcony over a siren-soaked street, the sounds of the horticultural orchestra are an incalculable, but frequently unexplored, pleasure.

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Summer Squash – A versatile, easy-to-grow crop for containers

by Steven Biggs, writer and garden blogger

The meals on the cross-country Via Rail train featured plates inspired by well-known Canadian ingredients such as bison, salmon, and maple syrup. So I was a bit surprised when I saw a cluster of top-like vegetable on my plate, some bright yellow, some forest green, and some a translucent white. I didn’t realize that, despite the exotic appearance, I was staring at cousins of the common zucchini, fellow summer squashes.

Read more: Summer Squash – A versatile, easy-to-grow crop for containers