Tuesday, April 27, 2010
What we have:
Edging tool, trowel, narrow trowel, various shovels, standard garden hoe, hand hoe, an anvil style hand pruner, and a severely bent digging fork which will be used as a hand cultivator.
We also have some very useful scrap wood I scavanged from around the gardens, some other odds & ends I will be using to make a trellis, and a variety of plastic bins and containers.
What we need:
2 pairs of gloves, hose, hand cultivator, metal rake, hand weeder, functional digging fork, twine, 1 fence post, plastic zip ties, plastic tarp, and nails.
The fence post, zip ties, and nails are there because a gate needs to be constructed and installed. The gate is my main priority for Friday, as keeping out unwelcome guests is needed. We will be taking a trip to the garden center and hardware store for tools and gate materials Friday morning, then it is off to work!
My question for experienced gardeners/readers is am I missing any tools?
Is there anything I, as a begining gardener am not thinking of that I will undoubtedly need?
Let me know in the comments!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
- A new gate needs to be made & installed.
- Various weeds/vines/plants need to be pulled from the ground
- Beds & Paths should be clearly marked off
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
So who makes the cut?
Sure, we love to support small businesses founded with sustainability as one of their core missions. But we also love to support large businesses that are making huge strides to improve how they do business (and not hold their past against them). Bottom line: If they’re in it for the right reasons, we want them in our show.
Here are some of the factors we consider:
- Impact: Does their product or service reduce a consumer's environmental impact?
- Location: Do they have a local presence or Web-based business to decrease travel emissions and support the local economy?
- Company vs. Product: Is sustainability part of their DNA, or do they just have a "green" line?
- Materials: Is their product made of materials that are recycled, biodegradable, organic, renewable, healthy and safe?
- Certifications: Are they certified by trusted organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Energy Star, or Transfair USA?
- Employees: Are workers part of a coop? Do proceeds go back to small producers? Is the product made in the USA?
- Fair Trade: Do they care about the countries and workers that help them in their business?
- Design and Innovation: Is the product or service innovative and helping us move forward?
- Community: Do they contribute to their local communities?"