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Tulsi (Holy Basil) remove carcinogens/creosote from soil?

posted by: mmiesse on 10.04.2013 at 10:13 am in Herbs Forum

Hello Tulsi experts!

I have a raised-bed garden using railroad ties. It was not my decision to use this as the border for the garden, but I have continued to use the garden anyway.

Since Tulsi is a detoxifying/purifying herb, do ya'll think it would be beneficial to my soil to plant Tulsi around the perimeter of the garden so it can soak up some of the creosote/carginogens leaking into my soil?

It should be noted the railroad ties are covered with thick plastic, but there are some nicks in it...and also it's plastic so...still chemicals.

Thanks!

PS: This is for an apartment complex community garden, so I want the food to be as wholesome as possible.

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clipped on: 10.04.2013 at 11:34 am    last updated on: 10.04.2013 at 11:34 am

Is a garden near roads/toxic areas better than no garden at all?

posted by: mmiesse on 07.19.2013 at 04:45 pm in Community Gardens Forum

I've been thinking about this today as I watch TED talk videos like this one: http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_centr al_la.html
While I DO think that gardening near toxic areas is likely better than none at all, what exactly is the danger? How much should we consider exactly where we put urban/community gardens? Is an edible plant exposed to toxic materials better than no plant at all?

Obviously, the basic nutrients will be stronger than those of, say, the tiny piece of lettuce on a fast food burger...but how much does toxicity really affect plants and the people who eat them?

I am asking this question on a few forums (Vegetable Gardening and Community Gardening) because I'm very interested in the conversation AND how we can protect plants from toxicity but still be able to plant them in toxic areas?

There are so many community gardens in urban areas that are beside roads, railroads, etc. But maybe the pollution from that urban area would leach into the plants regardless of the garden's location because of the amount of pollution in the are.

What do you all think about this? Do you have community gardens in your area? Have you been concerned about this?

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I started a community garden at my apartment complex this year, and the landlord provided the soil and bed...but it was railroad ties (and I was not asked if it was okay to use these). While we have been eating the food produced from this garden...I sometimes worry about how much creosote has leached into my plants...

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clipped on: 07.19.2013 at 04:46 pm    last updated on: 07.19.2013 at 04:46 pm

Is a garden near roads/toxic areas better than no garden at all?

posted by: mmiesse on 07.19.2013 at 04:44 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

I've been thinking about this today as I watch TED talk videos like this one: http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_centr al_la.html

While I DO think that gardening near toxic areas is likely better than none at all, what exactly is the danger? How much should we consider exactly where we put urban/community gardens? Is an edible plant exposed to toxic materials better than no plant at all?

Obviously, the basic nutrients will be stronger than those of, say, the tiny piece of lettuce on a fast food burger...but how much does toxicity really affect plants and the people who eat them?

I am asking this question on a few forums (Vegetable Gardening and Community Gardening) because I'm very interested in the conversation AND how we can protect plants from toxicity but still be able to plant them in toxic areas?

There are so many community gardens in urban areas that are beside roads, railroads, etc. But maybe the pollution from that urban area would leach into the plants regardless of the garden's location because of the amount of pollution in the are.

What do you all think about this? Do you have community gardens in your area? Have you been concerned about this?

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I started a community garden at my apartment complex this year, and the landlord provided the soil and bed...but it was railroad ties (and I was not asked if it was okay to use these). While we have been eating the food produced from this garden...I sometimes worry about how much creosote has leached into my plants...

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clipped on: 07.19.2013 at 04:45 pm    last updated on: 07.19.2013 at 04:45 pm

Is a garden near roads/toxic areas better than no garden at all?

posted by: mmiesse on 07.19.2013 at 04:44 pm in Organic Gardening Forum

I've been thinking about this today as I watch TED talk videos like this one: http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_centr al_la.html

While I DO think that gardening near toxic areas is likely better than none at all, what exactly is the danger? How much should we consider exactly where we put urban/community gardens? Is an edible plant exposed to toxic materials better than no plant at all?

Obviously, the basic nutrients will be stronger than those of, say, the tiny piece of lettuce on a fast food burger...but how much does toxicity really affect plants and the people who eat them?

I am asking this question on a few forums (Vegetable Gardening and Community Gardening) because I'm very interested in the conversation AND how we can protect plants from toxicity but still be able to plant them in toxic areas?

There are so many community gardens in urban areas that are beside roads, railroads, etc. But maybe the pollution from that urban area would leach into the plants regardless of the garden's location because of the amount of pollution in the are.

What do you all think about this? Do you have community gardens in your area? Have you been concerned about this?

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I started a community garden at my apartment complex this year, and the landlord provided the soil and bed...but it was railroad ties (and I was not asked if it was okay to use these). While we have been eating the food produced from this garden...I sometimes worry about how much creosote has leached into my plants...

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clipped on: 07.19.2013 at 04:45 pm    last updated on: 07.19.2013 at 04:45 pm

Help! Is this the best plan for my 8 x 14 raised-bed plot?

posted by: mmiesse on 04.23.2013 at 10:44 am in Community Gardens Forum

Hello! I am helping create a small community gardening area in my apartment complex this year. I have created a plot of a small vegetable garden. Please offer any advice on companion planting and such! We have a 7 x 14 garden in a raised bed. I have marked the amount of shade in each square.

The diamonds down the middle are small stones - we will divide the plot in half so we can work in the middle, if necessary. But since the plot is rather small, I anticipate we won't really need to use them that much.

Our bed is oriented with the 8' sides facing the north and south; the long parts are facing east and west. The shade notations are also because our landlord put the raised bed near a tree. (Ugh!) But hopefully it will offer some much-needed shade for the leafy greens!

We are also considering planting squash on the ground beside the bed on the narrow side (N and S) - and maybe creating a small raised bed using concrete blocks to help block off the area from feet and such! We will plant them with a small gap between the plants to help create a walkway where the stone will be in the middle of the bed.

Our plot is small, but it's what we have to work with. We are also hoping to do some container gardening.

As for the herbs, I am going to see how well they grow, and if they become too large I will transplant them or trim them down (But most likely transplant). Hopefully we won't need to do much walking through the middle since it's a fairly narrow bed as far as gardens go!

This garden will not have assigned plots, we are all doing this together. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Please offer any advice!

This post was edited by mmiesse on Tue, Apr 23, 13 at 10:57

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clipped on: 04.23.2013 at 10:57 am    last updated on: 04.23.2013 at 10:57 am

Help! Is this the best garden plant for my 7 x 14 plot?

posted by: mmiesse on 04.22.2013 at 03:41 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

Hello! I also posted this in the Organic Gardening forum, but I thought this would also be a good place to post!

I am helping create a small community gardening area in my apartment complex this year. I have created a plot of a small vegetable garden. Please offer any advice on companion planting and such! We have a 7 x 14 garden in a raised bed. I have marked the amount of shade in each square.

TWO QUESTIONS:

1. If I were to plant squash, should I do that in this garden or elsewhere?

2. I forgot to add nasturtiums and marigolds (the latter to keep away bugs) - do you think I can plant those anywhere or should I plant them around the border?

The diamonds down the middle are small stones - we will divide the plot in half so we can work in the middle.

This garden will not have assigned plots, we are all doing this together. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Please offer any advice!

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clipped on: 04.22.2013 at 03:42 pm    last updated on: 04.22.2013 at 03:42 pm

Help! Is this the best garden plant for my 7 x 14 plot?

posted by: mmiesse on 04.22.2013 at 03:40 pm in Organic Gardening Forum

Hello! I am helping create a small community gardening area in my apartment complex this year. I have created a plot of a small vegetable garden. Please offer any advice on companion planting and such! We have a 7 x 14 garden in a raised bed. I have marked the amount of shade in each square.

TWO QUESTIONS:

1. If I were to plant squash, should I do that in this garden or elsewhere?

2. I forgot to add nasturtiums and marigolds (the latter to keep away bugs) - do you think I can plant those anywhere or should I plant them around the border?

The diamonds down the middle are small stones - we will divide the plot in half so we can work in the middle.

This garden will not have assigned plots, we are all doing this together. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Please offer any advice!

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clipped on: 04.22.2013 at 03:41 pm    last updated on: 04.22.2013 at 03:41 pm

Keep bugs out of the house - best advice?

posted by: mmiesse on 04.15.2013 at 02:00 pm in Integrated Pest Management Forum

hello! I live in an apartment complex on the first floor. I like to keep my door and windows open to let in the air and light, and to let our cats roam around. short of getting a screen door and better window screens, what are you best tips for keeping bugs from crawling into your house through the door or windows?

thanks in advance!

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clipped on: 04.15.2013 at 03:41 pm    last updated on: 04.15.2013 at 03:42 pm

What else to do with lettuce!

posted by: mmiesse on 04.11.2013 at 12:42 pm in Cooking Forum

Hi! I am part of a CSA and thus currently have a TON (almost) of lettuce.

What can you do with it besides salad?

Thank you!

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clipped on: 04.11.2013 at 12:42 pm    last updated on: 04.11.2013 at 12:42 pm

Starting an apartment community garden - any advice?

posted by: mmiesse on 04.09.2013 at 05:53 pm in Community Gardens Forum

Hello! A few of the residents (and hopefully more and more) are starting a community garden at our complex. Currently there are about 6 people working on it.

Our space is an 8' x 16' raised bed, and we have countless planters around the property we can utilize.

I have never run any type of garden like this, and have only been gardening for two years - so I am far from even well-trained.

Any advice would be great. What to plant? Drainage tips? Getting involved tips? Anything at all!

Thank you so much!

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clipped on: 04.09.2013 at 05:54 pm    last updated on: 04.11.2013 at 12:40 pm