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Do you look at a friend’s garden and wish you could have one too?   Do you look at your tiny backyard and wonder where to put a garden?   Or perhaps you live in an apartment and a garden is just not possible.

You don’t need large expanses of land, or even a small plot to grow your own food – all you need is a bit of imagination and ingenuity.

It’s still not too late in the season to try it!


Container or planter gardens are perhaps the most common type for small space gardens.   Any container, large or small, from window boxes to clay pots can be used.   Instead of planting petunias in a window box, try growing fresh lettuce or herbs.


carrotsLarger pots are a great place for carrots, other root vegetables.

peasAdd a trellis type structure to your planter or pot and grow peas!

One advantage of container gardens is they are easily moved to follow the sun, or moved to protective places during storms which would otherwise damage a traditional garden.

tomatoesDon’t forget the tomatoes!


Put your imagination in high gear.   Did you clean out a basement or attic or closet, or perhaps you plan on doing that?  Don’t toss everything into the dump – look at what you have and think about how it can be reused to grow a garden!

If you can’t go horizontal – go VERTICAL!

Maybe you have an old over the door shoe pocket hanger?

shoe bag doorshoe bag Grow leafy vegetables instead of loafers!

spice rack

ladderOld shelving units and ladders let you go HIGHER.

fenceREUSE old plastic bottles as containers, and spruce up a fence!

rain gutterHow about a rain gutter garden along a fence or the side of your garage?

Put your imagination and green thumb to work!





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Censored Billboards

Censored Fractavist Billboards | Chip Northurp | No Fracking Way

Outdoor advertising companies – aka billboards – are rejecting fracking cautionary ads as “too controversial.” Meaning the frackers call the company and tell them they don’t like the ad. So the billboard company doesn’t take it.

Banned ads included an image of a gas well flare – which of course sounds like a jet engine and is one of the many joys of living in a shale gas field. Which is maybe why the frackers prevailed on the billboard company to not take Rebecca Roter’s ad.


And as recently as last month, Park Outdoor refused to take Gas Free Seneca’s ad that featured an apparently “controversial” picture of . . . . Seneca Lake:

    From: yvonne taylor <speechatgjr@yahoo.com>

Subject: Billboard Advertising in Watkins Glen

To: kerry.leipold@parkoutdoor.com

Cc: “jeff dembowski” <jcdembowski@gmail.com>, “Joseph Michael Patrick Campbell” <muchado2@gmail.com>

Date: Friday, June 28, 2013, 12:49 PM

Dear Mr. Leipold,

We inquired about advertising on several billboards in the Watkins Glen area.  Everything seemed to be going along fine in acquiring ad space, until it was learned that we are a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the region.  Then we were told that we were not permitted to do business with you.

We represent 155 area businesses, and are incredulous that we would not be permitted to place the image attached in a few locations this summer.  Click on the link to see the list of businesses who are part of our organization. http://gasfreeseneca.com/?page_id=98

We respectfully request that you reconsider your decision to prohibit us from placing ads with you.  Please contact me at your earliest convenience.


Yvonne Taylor


Jeff Dembowski

Dr. Joseph Campbell

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MUST READS for July 1, 2013

must readsRedesigning The Electricity Market For Wind And Solar

June 26, 2013 | Giles Parkinson | CleanTechnia

Late last year, RenewEconomy wrote an analysis entitled the energy markets are broken. We were pilloried by some for exaggeration and being overly dramatic. But we simply drew on insight from the experts, and now they are quite open about the problem: the world’s energy markets do need to be redesigned, otherwise they cannot cope with the impact of wind and solar.

The International Energy Agency, in its recent special update of progress on climate policies, noted that liberalised energy markets (such as Australia’s) should be able to encourage a “significant decarbonisation” of the energy mix. The problem was that these markets – created to support incumbent, centralised fossil fuel generators, were not suited to deliver the sort of energy transformation that was needed to meet climate change targets.

Part of the problem is that the current “energy” markets are designed to allow baseload fossil fuel generation to trundle through at relatively low cost – but no environmental accounting. When demand rises, more expensive peaking plant generation is brought in, with prices rising for all generators. This has underpinned much of the revenues and profits for the incumbents.


Why Is China Investing So Much in U.S. Solar and Wind?

June 20, 2013 | Yingzhen Zhao | insights

The world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters—the United States and China—have been forging a growing bond in combating climate change. Just last week, President Obama and President Xi made a landmark agreement to work towards reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas. And both the United States and China are leading global investment and development of clean energy. The United States invested $30.4 billion and added 16.9 GW of wind and solar capacity in 2012. China invested $58.4 billion and added 19.2 GW in capacity.

U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy was the topic of discussion at an event last week at the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s China Environment Forum. Experts from the World Resources Institute and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) looked at this cooperation from a seldom-discussed viewpoint – China’s renewable energy investments in the United States.

New Spin On Wind Turbine Adds Solar Element

June 7, 2013 | Pete Danko | earthtechling

Go big or go home, right? That seems to be the thinking at the University of Bath, which has headlined a report on a new renewable energy device design with the not-so-timid claim: “New hybrid technology set to change the future of renewables.”

The university is touting a design that combines wind and solar in a vertical-axis turbine configuration. It was developed by a company called McCamley Middle East, with input from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bath, we’re told.

Bath and McCamley make assertions of superiority over horizontal-axis turbines: the turbine, they say, starts up in lighter winds, handles variations in wind direction better and can continue operating at very high wind speeds. These are familiar claims for vertical-axis turbines – as Michael Barnard points out in his excellent overview of VAWTs – and theoretically defensible to some degree. But why this design would be superior to other VAWTs, none of which have yet passed muster with the Small Wind Certification Council, BTW, isn’t clear.