Rooftop farm in Durban, South Africa

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Eco on Saturday 11 August 2012

Bright green rows of organic vegetables cross lush herb tunnels and a bounty of indigenous plants. That’s not exactly your quintessential urban fare. But this thriving garden, bursting with flora and fresh veg, sits atop a booming tower in Durban, South Africa. The rooftop haven grew out of a project by Durban’s eThekwini municipality focused on transforming the inner city from a rundown, crime-ridden area into a welcoming and generous space. And how generous it is. Organic aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, basil, strawberries, and more are grown here then donated to kitchen soups, orphanages, and schools or sold to local kitchens. It’s a project that’s not only giving to charities but creating jobs too.

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Grow an indoor garden in a bottle cap

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By The Urban Grocer in New Products on Friday 17 June 2011

You don’t have space for an herb garden, you say? Well not anymore. Just grab a soda bottle, pop off the top, and voila! Your plot is ready for action. All you need now are some basil seeds and a little tablet of compressed dry soil, both of which you can get from Merry Shop, […]

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The Pothole Project

Clare Hillier Reader Find

By Clare Hillier in New Eco on Thursday 8 July 2010

Artist Pete Dungey was sick of getting a bumpy ride on Britain’s pothole-ridden roads. So he decided to do something about it. Rather than taking the bitter-and-twisted approach of putting together a petition and writing letters he set about creating beautiful gardens in the holes. Sometimes the softly sweetly approach gets noticed more, don’t you think?

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