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#SOSUrbanFarmer Urban gardening has become increasingly popular in cities across the United States. As food prices continue to rise and the ecological impacts of industrial farming become more apparent – people are starting community gardens, rooftop farms and greenhouses in a variety of ways. In our urban environment, we may be lacking of land that has exposed soil but don’t let the concrete pavement stop you from enjoying gardening. Recycle urban artifacts such as a discarded bicycle to be repurposed into a trellis. Reuse dried branches as a barrier to hold fall leaves in a corner of the garden to make compost. S.O.S. Urban Farmer is what Tattfoo became when he decided to plant his food garden, and what he refers to as a “third place.” This is a place where people can come to meet in their community outside of work and home, for good company and lively conversations. Tattfoo’s garden includes a winding path that offers the artist both a meditative path to walk each day and a way to slowly work through, harvest and maintain the garden. The garden provides food and a gathering place, as ACTION STEPS well as a space to brainstorm and contemplate future art projects. 1 - Find a sunny spot in your yard or community property recommended resource : 2 - Make sure the soil is healthy and not contaminated

with toxins

The Third Place (Ray Oldenburg)

3 - Design your garden - use water color, pen, paper 4 - Use soil amendments such as compost, fertilizer and top soil 5 - Create walking paths so you have easy access to your growing foods 6 - Devise a watering plan in case you are not available to water daily 7 - Fence out critters with chicken wire so they do not eat your foods 8 - Also include raised beds or planter box gardening 9 - Plant your seeds in the areas you have mapped out 10 - Water, weed, observe, repeat

Garden Designs and Tips Planter Boxes Garden: Many urban gardens use raised beds or planter boxes to grow crops, herbs and other edibles on top of pavement or asphalt. You can usually buy soil at your local botanical garden, recycling center, or farmers market. Creative Structures: Consider using recycled urban artifacts to help construct your garden. A discarded bicycle can be repurposed into a trellis, wooden pallets can be used to create raised beds, and dried branches can become a barrier to hold leaves or start a compost heap in the corner of your garden. Creating Edge: There are no straight lines in nature and there is more life on the edge where two systems overlap. A wavy edge is a preferred design because it can provide more edge for this habitat. Use this “edge effect” and other natural patterns to create synergies between the landscapes. Habitat Gardening: Leave some areas of your garden wild, allowing wildflowers and weeds to remain. Many beneficial insects, birds and butterflies are host-specific and will feed or lay eggs only on certain plants that may not be common in a garden. Plant lush border gardens to encourage diversity and incorporate herbs into your flowerbeds. Include a bird bath to encourage birds and beneficial insects to linger. Permaculture is an approach to gardening that mimics ecological patterns in the environment to establish self-sustaining systems. Permaculturalists think holistically when designing their gardens, considering the ethics and possibilities of their design to maximize growth and reduce ecological footprint. S.O.S. URBAN FARMER


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