Biochar Stove Building at Veggielution – November 2014
We pulled our resurces and enrolled a few folk to build a biochar stove for Veggielution Community Farm in San Jose. We had two metal barrels to work with, plus a store purchased chimney, an old cookie can and a couple other odds and ends. The result: full barrel load TLUD biochar stove and a kiln! See below for details and make sure to join us next time!
Cutting metal drum 1/3 length wise, with the shorter end having the bottom of the barrel. The shorter end will be part of the TLUD stove, and the left over 2/3 barrel ring is the poor man’s kiln!
Assembled barrels making bulk of the TLUD (top lift up draft) stove, after one of the barrels is cut.
This TLUD will have handles for easier handling. These are attached at the bottom of the stove, for emptying the char out.
Lunch break – delicious food courtesy of Veggielution. Char talk never stops…
Making the sparc arrestor from an old cookie can – it was just the perfect size!
The chimney with stove arrestor assembled.
TLUD at work!
We made only a little bit of char – only partially loaded the stove due to time constraints.
SeedExchange – 13th September 2014
It was a small but very jolly and informative gathering.
Having fun meeting new gardeners and learning about their amazing plants (tropical!).
Swappimg seeds while tasting garden fresh heirloom tomatoes!
Hope you will join us next time around!
SeedExchange – 22nd February 2014
We seem to be getting more ties with Gilroy – yet again some folk travelled that far to join us!
We had a full table!
Hmmm… what to choose!
Everyone had a good time but the attention was on the seeds.
The other side of the table.
Grafting Party – 28th of April 2013
It was a great, hot and instructive day with John talking about all the different benefits to grafting and demonstrating many grafting techniques, including rind and bark grafting on citrus. It was a pleasure to watch a pro at work and we are much better prepared to graft at home. Thank you John! Sally brought with her a couple potted rootstock apples that were grafted at the workshop and shared with participants – much appreciated!
Lunch under the canopies with John introducing the world of grafting.
Cleft graft demonstration.
It’s great to have an attentive audience…
John demonstrating a rind graft.
John making a T graft (upside down…).
Finished T graft on citrus.
We all learned a lot and enjoyed it tremendously at the same time! Hope to have many more gatherings around gardening and sustainability!
Cupertino Earth Day – 6th of April 2013
It is always very rewarding to spread the love of heirloom tomatoes that come fresh off the vine in your garden! Thank you all for visiting our booth this year!
Sawako and Amy holding the fort.
And what is this? A companion plant – borage, good for increasing pollination as it attracts bees and the beautifull, small, dark blue flowers are edible. Just toss them in your salad!
She also likes lettuce, not just tomatoes!
Another young customer. It is awesome to see kids interested in growing plants!
Beautifull art work done by the kids just in front of our booth! See you there next year!
Special thanks go to:
Presenter: Paul Taylor, PhD;
Host: Eric Fulda, Director of Charles Street Gardens;
SeedExchange – 25th February 2012
We had more folk come out to our Seed Exchange this year, which made for a very pleasurable event. The weather cooperated, we had a sea of seeds to choose from and even some starts, like Ammi Visnaga, Flat Leaf Parsley and more.
Overview – many seeds and conversations to choose from!
Spreading the love of gardening!
And it grows in my container garden!
Come join us next time!!!