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September 2, 2010

It’s been a busy few weeks, with classes starting and all. This fall I’m teaching an introductory course to sustainability, which I’m really excited about. Each week we’ll be hitting a different broad topic related to some aspect of sustainability. I’m getting in urban content, too, both in discussions and in our field trip (more on that later).

In the meantime, there have been a lot of great articles on urban food gardening lately. First, though, I wanted to post this article from good old Grist, about the dangers of planting in soil that’s been untested for heavy metals and other toxins (although it points out that this is also a concern in rural areas, of course). Right now, I’m sticking with growing things in containers (granted, all I’ve started this year is a couple of pots of herbs — I have higher hopes for next year, though — this year was mostly about establishing our native and wildlife-friendly plants), especially those great self-irrigating pots (there is a lot of information out there on the web, both about buying SIPs and making your own, so it’s worth a Google search). But someday when we move towards expanding the food garden, and/or start a plot in a community garden, we’ll definitely be testing our soil.

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